Posted by jgprimro15 December 2023
Course leader Konstantinos Thomaidis ended the term with these words:
145 hours of training later… Term 1 of studio work for the MA Theatre Practice 2023 wraps up!
A polaroid that couldn’t fit us all —
I find this quite appropriate, accurate even:
how does one capture in a single frame the careful listening or collective uplifting,
the journeys across the boundaries of our bodies and voices,
the deep knowledge of, and respect for, each other
that only sustained embodied practice can foster?
Our journey this year brought us back to the roots of our work in Meyerhold, yoga, kalaripayattu, Grotowski, Viewpoints, Halprin, Frantic Assembly and polyphonic song & we were fortunate enough to host brilliant invited artist-teachers:
And the concluding days involved open sharings of the training
and an ecocritical performance based on The Tempest
As the work progresses over the years,
and as I try to teach more and more from my own place in the world
-meaning: more and more as an actor dialoguing with fellow actors-
studio teaching unfolds as a reciprocal process of learning and discovery.
Here’s a snapshot of what this year’s joyous, inquisitive cohort of students from India, China, Ukraine and the UK taught me:
Here’s to you, MATP 2023-2024!
Wishing you a replenishing break and the very best for your Term 2 training and performances!
145 hours, 12 weeks, Term 1: ‘and that moment is gone’