The Body and its Power of Expression
Using exercises and techniques from the Lecoq School this session explores some basic Lecoq techniques such as the seven levels of tension, push and pull and the dynamic of the chorus in theatre. From initial chorus work the session goes on to consider ostracism and inclusion and using the bamboo canes technique to explore power relationships and how the actor can use these techniques to help build a character and examine text. The exercises used also emphasise the skills needed to work effectively as an actor either individually or within a group on stage, looking at touch, rhythm, spatial awareness, focus, choral speaking and moving. In this practical session participants will get the chance to work both individually and within a group.
Workshop Leader: Michael Woodwood
Duration: 10am – 6pm Sunday 29th September 10am – 6pm
Location: London Bubble Theatre, 5 Elephant Ln, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4JD
About Michael Woodwood
Michael Woodwood trained as an actor at the LAMDA and has worked in the theatre for over thirty years as an actor, writer and director. As a freelance director he has worked for the English Shakespeare Company, GB Touring, UK Touring Theatre and The Watermill Newbury. Michael is also an experienced workshop leader and lecturer and regularly runs master classes in acting in the UK and Europe. He has taught at LAMDA, East 15 and IDSA and is Guest Foreign Lecturer at Kaunas Music Academy and Klaipeda University in Lithuania and regularly teaches acting at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria. Michael has run acting classes and workshops at theatre festivals in Germany, Nepal, USA, Ireland, Finland, France, Czech Republic and Lithuania. For the past three years Michael has run Shakespeare, Mask, Forum Theatre, Physical Theatre and Lecoq based technique workshops for the Directors’ Cut Theatre Co.