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The Chekhov Collective UK Open House - Exploring Polarity

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The Chekhov Collective UK Open House - Exploring Polarity with Gretchen Egolf

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We cannot have light appear unless out of darkness. Darkness cannot fall without there having been light. One of what Chekhov calls “The Four Brothers” is The Feeling of the Whole, or Entirety. For actors, our characters are full rich beings, with full rich lives. Whatever is seen of them onstage or screen, they have had a before and after that, and they, like all humans, are full of contradictions. Accessing those contradictions, finding the polarities within characters, makes our performance far more nuanced and effective. For the same reasons, directors and theatre makers have the task of exploring the polarities within the play as a whole.

This workshop uses exercises which explore polarities of both characters and the overall play itself.

“...part of the work of finding ‘the whole’ of the character is, paradoxically, about investigating the contradictions within it. For Chekhov, ‘the ability to combine things which are sometimes quite far removed and not akin to each other, give originality’ (MC,The Actor is the Theatre) …At all costs, we must avoid sameness, or what Chekhov calls ‘the straight line.’ For him, ‘art requires curves, and spirals.’ (MC,Lessons for the Professional Actor)…Cultivating a dexterity in playing contrasts in the broadest sense will help us grow as actors at large.” Sinead Rushe, Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique

Actors of all levels of experience are welcome, as are theatre makers, performers and teachers. Previous experience of Chekhov Technique not essential.

Gretchen Egolf  is Co-Director of The Chekhov Collective UK. She is an actor and teacher, originally from America, now based in the UK. She trained at Juilliard and her theatre work includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End, Off-West End, and major theatres around the US. She has performed extensively in television and film in the US (and now UK). As an acting instructor, Gretchen specialises in the Michael Chekhov technique, having studied with many master teachers through MICHA, Michael Chekhov Studio NY, and Praxis in the US, and Michael Chekhov Studio London and MC Europe on this side of the Atlantic. She is a member of Michael Chekhov UK and currently she teaches and directs at LAMDA and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. More info at  www.gretchenegolf.com

Accessibility: The studio at LAMDA 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.

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