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Master it: Embodied Acting with Christopher Samuel Carroll
A four-week course for professional actors who want to open up extra dimensions to their craft.
“The language of the body is the key that can unlock the soul” Constantin Stanislavski
What do I do with my hands? Can you develop ‘stage presence’? How do I act when I’m not ‘feeling it’? Much of the work of the great theatre practitioners of the 20th century coalesced around the core principle that the direct line to our emotions, our imagination, and our creativity is through the body.
Over the course of four 4-hour sessions, Christopher Samuel Carroll will explore physical techniques aimed at freeing the actor’s body, tapping into intuitive impulses, awakening the imagination, and crafting embodied performances based on a through-line of physical action.
The workshops will draw from the methodologies of Jacques Lecoq, Jerzy Grotowski and the pioneering work on physical actions from the later oeuvre of Constantin Stanislavski. There is no level of physical fitness required, but participants should be willing to challenge themselves at the level of their individual capacities (and not be shy to break a sweat!).
Christopher Samuel Carroll
Christopher Samuel Carroll is one of Canberra’s most prolific theatre artists. His background draws from a classical, text-based tradition (B.A. Acting Studies, The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin) and contemporary European physical theatre (Cours Professionel, Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq).Recent work in Canberra has included the physically charged one-man shows Early Grave, Fashionably Late; Paradise Lost; Howie the Rookie; and the award-winning wordless odyssey, Icarus, as well as star turns as Malvolio in Lakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Mr S. in The Street Theatre’s Metamorphosis. He has taught movement and acting at Perform Australia, Canberra Youth Theatre, and Belconnen Arts Centre.
Saturday 16 November
Saturday 23 November
Saturday 30 November
Saturday 7 December
Times: 10am – 2pm