The intensive workshop will introduce participants to a pre-performative/psychophysical paradigm and approach to awakening the actors’ bodymind/sensory awareness, and attention in and for performance using techniques and principles from Asian martial arts and yoga. Using the basic psychophysical training exercises of kalarippayattu,yoga, and taiqiquan, participants will be guided toward development of ‘interiority’, i.e., how the actor can discover, awaken, shape, understand, and deploy ‘energy’, awareness, focus/concentration, and feeling to the ‘matter’ of performance—the impulses, structure, contours, and texture of the tasks or actions that constitute a specific performance score shaped by particular dramaturgies. The first few sessions focuses exclusively on going through basic form training, and articulating key principles that inform the training. As the workshop progresses, we will begin to apply these principles to ‘structured improvisations’ that lead the participant toward performance.
One cannot work on oneself … if one is not inside something which is structured and can be repeated, which has a beginning, a middle and an end, something in which every element has its logical place, technically necessary. All this determined from the point of view of that verticality toward the subtle and of its (the subtle) descent toward the density of the body. (Grotowski 1995:130)
…t’ai chi is corporeal reflection on shadow and breath. It stresses clarity in vacancy-movements which are exact, clean and pure, while inseparable and indecipherable (Blau, 1982:125)
A real, well-prepared and perfectly executed pause (long or short) is what we call inner action, since its significance is implied by silence. (Barba, 1995:80).
If you wish, pllease visit: www.phillipzarrilli.com to learn more about the training.