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Feldenkrais for Actors: Developing Emotional Nuance

WHAT IS IT? A workshop to find that place in yourself and between you and another actor where feeling and emotion can easily flow without trying, without ‘digging’. We are looking less at the ‘big fireworks’ and more at sensitivity and subtlety and ease in performance.

HOW WILL IT WORK? It is well known now that emotion is a physical event, not just something that happens in a disembodied mind: We freeze with fear, shake with anger, cry with sadness, laugh with delight, can feel heavy with dread, light with joy and jittery with excitement. However, less explored is how this opens up the possibility of developing a subtler and more nuanced palate in performance by finding greater sensitivity and nuance in movement. This is not about doing the splits, but about learning to sense finer differences in the ways we can do things; recognising and working with our restrictions and specific patterns of tension within small ranges of mobility that can enable greater subtlety in performance too. In this workshop we will play some acting games and use ‘Awareness through Movement’ lessons from the Feldenkrais Method to explore these ideas. Expect deep and delicate work: the little difference that can make all the difference.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? Develop or discover a new way of approaching emotion as an actor and to opening up your own habits and patterns in performance.

Tutor

Victoria Worsley

Victoria Worsley was an actor, movement director and theatre maker for 20 years. She has worked with the Feldenkrais Method for over 30 years, qualifying as a Professional Practitioner in 2007. She has taught in drama schools for 9 years and has a private practice which is attended by people from all walks of life – including many professional actors, dancers, singers and musicians. Her book Feldenkrias for Actors is published by Nick Hern Books. See www.feldenkraisworks.co.uk for more info.

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