Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Michael Chekhov workshop

Michael Chekhov with Sinead Rushe

The Michael Chekhov technique is a psycho-physical approach to acting.

It privileges the imagination as the actor’s source of inspiration and favours an impersonal, objective approach to characterisation. The work is intended to create a real and spontaneous connection between the actor’s physical body and psychology and prepare the actor for what Chekhov calls ‘inspired acting.’

The workshop explored

a) the psycho-physical exercises which form the basis of Chekhov’s work and

b) how to approach characterisation using imagination, qualities and atmosphere.

We draw on the text of Lorca’s Blood Wedding as source material

About Michael Chekhov: Michael Chekhov (St. Petersburg, 1891 – Beverley Hills, 1955) was the nephew of Anton Chekhov and considered by Stanislavsky as his ‘most brilliant pupil.’ He was known as one of Russia’s most outstanding and innovative actors. After his exile from Russia, he worked in Germany, France and England’s Dartington Hall before settling in USA where he worked as an actor and acting coach in Hollywood.

About Sinéad Rushe: Sinéad Rushe is a director and performer ( She has studied the technique with Sergey Issayev (GITIS, Russia), Sarah Kane and Graham Dixon (Michael Chekhov Studio, London), Lenard Petit (Michael Chekhov Acting Studio, New York) and Jobst Langhans (Michael Chekhov Studio, Berlin). She teaches the technique to students on the BA (Hons) in Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama, London and her latest production, Out of Time, performed by Colin Dunne at The Pit, Barbican, has been nominated in this year's Olivier's a dancer-percussionist with Franco-Irish music band, D

Really good and intense work. If you will meet her workshop on your way definitely go! Highly recommended.