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The Actors Compass: A laboratory on dynamic directions in space.

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Room RBH154, Goldsmiths College

80 Lewisham Way

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SE14 6PB

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This lab session will explore the ‘Actor’s Compass’: Dynamic directions in space.

Directions: “we immediately recognize what they are, and what each direction means to us. We quickly understand how we can use it. These directions are forever corresponding with human interactions. They are connected to all the sensations, and to all the actions actors involve themselves with” (Lenard Petit, The Michael Chekhov Handbook for the Actor, p.22).

We are as familiar with Humpty Dumpty's fall as much as Eve's. Our understanding of direction is the course which something takes. What can the course the character moves in reveal to us?

All characters move in different directions, poetically, literally, figuratively, spatially and imaginatively. The religious cleric is pulled between the heavens and their earthly desire, the oracle is yanked forwards in time with by a foreboding omen and the war hero is called backwards by the memory of death.

Michael Chekhov’s technique allows an imaginative approach to experience the truth of movement. Beginning with the simple process of moving in a certain direction in space, the compass provides an instrument to gradually unlock a deeper understanding of character, revealing its qualities, desires and the way it relates to the world.

We will play with and on the many lines the compass offers us, building on Graham Dixon's: 'Six Directions in Space' and Lecoq's understanding of space we will explore what the compass can show us, and how we can sense it. Can it reveal the essence of the character and the world they inhabit? Can we re-route the character and what might the consequences or discoveries be? What can the compass be applied to within the theatrical landscape? And can the compass lead us to inspired performance and performance making? We will work with already existing characters from text as well as devising new characters.

Led by Tom Bostock of Gruff Theatre/The Chekhov Collective, this lab day will be of interest to actors, directors, theatre makers, movers and movement makers looking to experiment, play with and explore character through the lens of direction with a sensitive, intuitive and imaginative approach.

Note: Characters and text will be provided but if there is a specific character you are working on please do bring them and a short piece of text. Please do let us know in advance, by emailing thomaspatrickbostock@gmail.com.


Accessibility: The studio at Goldsmiths is wheelchair accessible. Please email us with any access requirements at thechekhovcollectiveuk@gmail.com.

Cost: We are keen to make our workshops as accessible as possible, and there are concessions available. If you would like to make a special application for a free ticket, please contact us via email at thechekhovcollectiveuk@gmail.com.

Gruff are well-known for their sharp satirical eye and for developing larger-than-life characters out of the relationship to site. Gruff take audiences on journeys into strange, fantastical worlds, working site responsively to capture the audience’s imagination in the raw interface with characters born from the textures, smells, & atmospheres of their surroundings. Tom is a theatre maker and director whose work explores imagination and play through collaborative, devised theatre practice and works mainly in site specific and site responsive settings. His training began at Goldsmiths and went on train with seminal Michael Chekhov teacher Graham Dixon. He is co-artisitc director of Gruff Theatre. Tom will share elements of their process and lead participants playfully and safely to expand beyond their everyday self. www.gruffftheatre.co.uk.

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