Submitted by Theatre B.
The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) and Theatre B are proud to announce a collaboration to bring high quality performance training to local emerging and established artists.
The hands-on class will focus on unleashing the performer’s personal creativity as well as skills in collaborating. The class will incorporate training in Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method, and then apply those techniques through scene work.
The three week class will meet Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays from 6:30pm – 9:00pm starting on November 24th until December 11th. Training will be held at the Stage at Island Park.
“FMCT and Theatre B collaborating to offer this training helps both organizations serve their mission of furthering the skills of area artists,” said Theatre B program coordinator Brad Delzer, “the performer needs to train to be as skillfully creative and responsive as possible when they walk on stage or step in front of a camera.”
“The techniques we explore are balanced together to increase focus, train the body and voice, and open up creative possibilities,” Delzer said. “Viewpoints focuses on exploring the freedom of creating in collaboration, sort of like being a musician in a jazz group. Suzuki focuses on mastering form in order to challenge yourself, much like a martial art. Both are physically and mentally rigorous.”
Registration for the three-week class is $150 for adults and $75 for students with valid student ID. Registration is at www.fmct.org. If you are not available for part of the class but would still like to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if special arrangements can be made. Registration is limited.
About the Techniques:
Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with—time and space. Anne Bogart and SITI company members have expanded Overlie’s notions and adapted them for actors. The Viewpoints allow a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.
The Suzuki Method was developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga The Suzuki Method’s principal concern is with restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor’s innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline 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 is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s breath control, and concentration.