Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s principal concern is restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor’s innate expressive abilities. A rigorous comprehensive discipline for both body and voice, the Suzuki Method of Actor Training is drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts. The training seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s concentration and breath control.
Taught by Mark Corkins and Don Russell as an introduction to the actor training methodology of Tadashi Suzuki and the methodology developed by Pacific Performance Project/East. Participants will experience an introduction to the work Mr. Suzuki developed for his company in Japan, as well as evolutions adapted and designed by Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson for P3/East productions and training for the American theatre. While this work is most fruitfully experienced in a longer-term, extensive exploration (with mastery as its goal), students can gain strong, practical, and useful skills in shorter, more concentrated training sessions.
During the training sessions the students will learn forms and sequences designed to orient the performers to their bodies’ center, spark detailed imagining of space, and discover connections between other performers and the environment, as well as encourage an expansiveness during moments of difficulty on stage. Through these forms and sequences, performers can experience increased immediacy and liveliness in performance by increasing a capacity for deeper concentration and mental/physical unity.
Mondays | 7PM
September 10 – November 26, 2018
Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and stretch.
*Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
The Underground Collaborative
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Lower Level (below TJ Maxx)
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Any clothes you would wear to workout in will be fine. The training is traditionally done in tabi, which are Japanese socks. However, many folks choose to work in a pair of durable athletic socks.
CP Members: $10/session | $30/4-pack
Non-Members: $15/session | $45/4-pack
*Cash and credit accepted
ABOUT P3/EAST METHODOLOGY:
Drawing on the techniques of several Japanese theatre artists, most notably Tadashi Suzuki, Shogo Ohta, and Kenji Suzuki, master teachers Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson (Artistic Directors of Pacific Performance Project/East) have developed holistic training forms aimed at fundamentally transforming the performer through an amalgam of western Stanislavski-based practices and ever-evolving forms modeled on their work in Japan. The P3/East methodology encourages performers to enliven the whole organism in order to experience the mind and the body as one instrument. The training fosters greater power, expansiveness, ease and a grounded sensibility, and offers practices that increase freedom on stage while avoiding “pushing” or “artifice.” Please refer to www.p3east.com
for more information regarding P3/East and their methodologies.