Feeling Space, Making Space: Mikhail Chekhov and Theatre Design
A talk by Sinéad Rushe
13 February 2019, 7-8.30pm.
Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA.
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In addition to developing his characteristic emphasis on the imagination and psychophysical acting, Chekhov also elaborated a rich set of ideas about scenography and theatre design. In this talk, Sinéad Rushe provides a fresh, synthetic account of this relatively under-appreciated side of Chekhov’s work. Drawing upon unpublished materials from the Michael Chekhov Studio/Dartington Hall archives in Devon, and in particular Chekhov’s own set, costume and character drawings, Sinéad examines how Chekhov’s interest in design was an important extension of his embodied acting practice and is essential to a complete understanding of his technique. She considers his legacy in the light of current thinking on scenography, and investigates its significance and value to contemporary theatre designers.
Sinéad is an award-winning theatre director and Senior Lecturer in Acting and Movement at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She is the author of Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide, (Bloomsbury Methuen), and the co-translator into French of four plays by Howard Barker (published by Editions Théâtrales, Paris).
Directing credits include Night Just Before the Forests (2018 Macau Arts Festival, China), Concert with Colin Dunne and Mel Mercier (Barbican, London, Dublin Dance Festival and CND, Paris; winner of Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 Award 2018), Gogol’s Diary of a Madman with Living Pictures (Sherman Cymru, Cardiff & international tour), Something or Nothing with Guy Dartnell (Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells, The Place Theatre & tour) and Out of Time with Colin Dunne (The Pit, Barbican, The Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York & international tour; nominated for an Olivier and Dance Critics’ Circle Award).
Sinéad Rushe’s book, Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide is now available.
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Sinéad Rushe, theatre director and Senior Lecturer in Acting and Movement on BA Acting CDT, is celebrating the launch of her book, Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide, published by Bloomsbury Methuen, at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
The book provides a complete overview of the whole method, and includes illuminating explanations of its principles, as well as a wide range of practical exercises that illustrate, step by step, how they can be applied to dramatic texts. Drawing on the full range of Chekhov’s writing in English and French, it also examines unpublished material from the Dartington Hall archives and features interviews with actors who have worked with the technique, including Simon Callow and Joanna Merlin.
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Director: Graham Dixon Patron: Simon Callow
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