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Michael Chekhov in the Twenty First Century: New Pathways

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New Pathways is a major multi-institutional research project that involves Goldsmiths University of London, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, and the professional organisation Michael Chekhov UK.

The lead researchers are Dr Cass Fleming and Dr Tom Cornford.

The Little Prince, The Chekhov Collective, Goldsmiths University of London.  Photograph: Katerina Kotti
The Little Prince, The Chekhov Collective, Goldsmiths University of London. Photograph: Katerina Kotti

Why:

Since the late 1980s interest in Michael Chekhov’s (1891-1955) Technique has grown rapidly in the UK and has been recognized for its innovation and accessibility. Exploration of Chekhov’s imaginative techniques has primarily been limited to acting and actor training practice in the twentieth century. There have been some useful preliminary explorations of other uses of Chekhov Technique but this now needs to be taken further. This innovative project brings together professional practitioners and scholars from different disciplines to investigate new uses of Chekhov’s techniques both within and beyond the theatre in the twenty first century.

What:
Each strand of the project draws on the rich archival materials held on the work of the Chekhov Theatre Studio at Dartingon Hall. The key areas that this project addresses are:

  • Chekhov Technique for Devised Theatre and Catalyst Direction
  • Chekhov Technique for Collaborative Writing
  • Chekhov Technique for Theatre Design
  • Chekhov Technique in Community Contexts, Drama Therapy, Psychotherapy and other Psychotherapeutic and health contexts
  • Chekhov Technique for Voice Training and Singing
  • Chekhov Technique for Movement Training for Actors and Dancers
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Image: Katerina Kotti

Events to look out for:

Summer 2016: Network Launch

9-11 September 2016: New Pathways Praxis Symposium, hosted at Goldsmiths. Please scroll further down for the programme of events and registration details.

Publications:
The outcomes of this project will be discussed in the forthcoming publication Michael Chekhov Technique in the Twenty First Century: New Pathways, Methuen Drama (2017).

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Image: Katerina Kotti

JOINING THE NETWORK AND ATTENDING EVENTS

To join the New Pathways Network please email us at chekhov.new.pathways@gmail.com and give us your name, your area of practice, your related company/institution, and a telephone number.

To attend the Praxis Symposium and other events please email us at chekhov.new.pathways@gmail.com providing the following information:

  •  Your professional area, and any company/organisation/health team that you work for.
  • A brief outline of your professional and the different groups/companies/schools/clients you work with.
  • Whether you are a complete beginner to Chekhov Technique or if you have had some limited level of engagement with the methods before. If you have had some kind of engagement with the technique, please let us know when this was, and how, including if you have been experimenting with Chekhov’s exercises purely by working from his books/recorded lectures.
  • Email, telephone, postal address and any access/disability requirements.

Participants:

The various events in the schedule below are designed for practitioners from different fields who are either completely new to Chekhov Technique or have had only a limited opportunity to work with them in the past. This will enable participants from different fields, for example therapists, theatre designers or teachers of voice, to try a methodology that is new to them and not included in training and provision in their sectors. A process of outreach for this event will be lead by the respective Praxis Symposia Chairs, all of who are specialists in their fields.

The workshop for non-actors will provide practitioners from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to experience accessible elements of Chekhov Technique. This will enable participants from different fields, for example therapists, theatre designers or teachers of voice, to try a methodology that is new to them and not included in training and provision in their sectors.

Participants can sign up for one Praxis-Symposia that relates to their own area of professional practice. It is not a requirement that all participants have attended the workshop on Friday for this session as each Chair will introduce some accessible approaches and techniques that will be suitable for non-actors and complete newcomers to the methods.

All other events are open to all those attending any Praxis-Symposia session and there will be a limited number of additional places available for the Respondents’ Feedback, Open Space Discussion, New Pathways Papers and Cross Currents exchange on the last day of the event.

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Research team

 Lead researchers: Dr Cass Fleming (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Dr Tom Cornford (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama).

Research team: Graham Dixon (MCUK), Gretchen Egolf (MCUK) Sarah Kane (MCUK), Julia Krynke (MCUK), Dr Caoimhe McAvinchey (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Roanna Mitchell (University of Kent), Sinéad Rushe (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London), Martin Sharp (MCUK); Daron Oram (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and the practitioners involved in the two New Pathways Research and Training Groups.

The Chekhov Collective was launched in 2013 by Dr Cass Fleming at Goldsmiths University of London to carry out the preliminary experiments related to this project and from 2014 it has undertaken work on the practice-based research strand of this project.

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NEW PATHWAYS PRAXIS SYMPOSIUM 2016: 

EVENTS TIMETABLE

Location: Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW. How to get here and campus map.

Closest stations: New Cross, or New Cross Gate (Served by Overground and National Rail Services)

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The Little Prince, The Chekhov Collective, Goldsmiths University of London.  Photograph: Katerina Kotti
The Little Prince, The Chekhov Collective, Goldsmiths University of London. Photograph: Katerina Kotti

 

PAST EVENTS:

May 2016: Young Vic Genesis Project

In May 2016 Dr Cass Fleming, Dr Roanna Mitchell and collaborators were hosted by the Young Vic Genesis project for emerging directors. The visit included a talk and a workshop introducing directors to the use and integration of Michael Chekhov technique in directing practice, particularly for devised theatre and adaptation.

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We were delighted at the level of interest from directors with a wide range of creative backgrounds, and very much enjoyed participant’s keen curiosity and embodied engagement in the practice. Conversations amongst participants continue, and feedback has already shown that practitioners are including experiments with the technique in their own practice.

This series of events will be concluded with a masterclass in autumn 2016.

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Image: Katerina Kotti

An association of artists working with Michael Chekhov's approach to performance