From Bone to Breath to Gesture is a five-day workshop that explores pathways to the interior and exterior sensations of the actor’s body – bringing a level of inner, physical self-awareness rarely otherwise experienced.
The workshop explores physiological perspectives around performance training as a means of encouraging you to evolve a deeper, healthier and altogether more personal relationship with the acting art form.
This course is limited to 12 students
What you will learn
The course will introduce you to basic human anatomy and physiology, as well as cultivate confidence and a more comprehensive understanding of the actor’s body. It offers a broadly based introduction to building foundations for a strong acting technique, from which a deeper understanding of acting techniques can emerge.
You will develop greater awareness and understanding of how to interpret and realise text through a detailed structure of physically grounded actor training exercises and rehearsal techniques. In turn, these exercises facilitate greater sensory awareness of the delicate workings of the actor’s inner body.
The individual course unit’s contextualise the key organisational and physical realms of an actor’s boundaries.
Topics covered include:
– Practical voice work including vocal production, speech and pronunciation
– Basic concepts of functional and experiential anatomy, including the body-senses
– Embodying text through movement
– Performing text
Structure and duration
This is a practical five-day workshop delivered over one week. You will be given speeches to prepare in advance – along with exercises to complete between sessions.
– Functional and experiential anatomy
– Defining the structure and function of the body senses
– Vocal anatomy
– Physiological processes of speech production
– Contact improvisation
– Voice into movement
– Speech articulation and pronunciation
– Voice into text
– Speech presentations
Level and requirements
As this course is very physical, you must have some experience of movement and a basic level of acting experience.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit – and fluent in English. If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need IELTS level 6.
There are no additional academic requirements.
What to bring with you
– Notepad and pen
– Two prepared pieces of text
– Comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely
About your tutor
Behsat Ahmet is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, practitioner and dramaturge with a strong reputation for creating live performance across diverse media on both sides of the Atlantic. His practice spans theatre, actor training, dance, and somatic movement practices, scenography and authoring for intermedial theatre productions.
Behsat gained an MFA in Actor Training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also has an MSc [in Dance Science] from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and studied acting for camera in New York City. Behsat currently teaches theatre practice at Kingston University.