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Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints Class


Suzuki Method of Actor Training (SMAT) and Viewpoints classes will be taught on the same day (SMAT in the morning; Viewpoints in afternoon) so that participants may have the opportunity to experience both trainings together in the same period. It is possible to attend either SMAT or Viewpoints only. However, participants are encouraged to attend both classes to maximise their experience in the complementary nature of the 2 trainings.

Both the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints are training methods that require time to sit in the mind and body of a performer. With 2 weeks of class, we aim to impart the format and philosophy of the training to the participants. Participants are welcomed to join our free-of-charge open platform SMAT & Viewpoints Jam thereafter to deepen the training.

Dates:
29 July - 9 August 2019, Monday to Friday only

Time:
10.30am - 1pm (SMAT)
2.30pm - 5pm (Viewpoints)

Venue:
NYT Studio
28 Aliwal Street, #03-02, Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore 199918.

Instructor:
Nelson Chia, assisted by NYT Ensemble

Fee:
$380 for taking 1 class,
$660 for taking both classes. <-- Save $100!

Conducted in:
English

Application is now closed.
Deadline for application: 12 July 2019, Friday, 11.59pm.

This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credits.

** The Suzuki method requires the use of traditional Japanese white tabi socks. Tabi can be purchased from Nine Years Theatre at $20 per pair.

Participants may also get their own tabi from outside sources. Please ensure that the tabi is white in colour, made of 100% cotton, and with 4 buckles. It should be a snug fit.

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The Suzuki Method of Actor Training

Participants will be taught the 6 basic disciplines of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. This is a class for beginners, no prior experience in the method is required. Also suitable for actors who have experienced the method and are looking to refine their training in the basics.


About Suzuki Method of Actor Training:

The Suzuki Method of Actor Training is a training system created by Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki. Through a series of disciplines (basic exercises), the method focuses on enhancing the three important aspects of the actors' art: energy production, breath calibration, and centre of gravity. Taken together, these three aspects work towards the cultivation of the “invisible body”, the uncovering of the actor's inner potential and the development of a creative actor.

This training requires committed physical work from the actor.

Viewpoints

Viewpoints is a method of performer training based on the works of Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart. It trains performers to work together by developing a common awareness of time and space, which can be broken down into elements such as shape, movement, architecture, kinesthetic response and duration, to name a few. This is a class for beginners, no prior experience in the method is required. Participants will be taught the fundamental elements of Viewpoints in this course. Also suitable for actors who have experienced the method and are looking to refine their understanding in the training.

“Viewpoints is about having a meaningful relationship with Time and Space. It is about the awareness of being, of events that are already existing, and of events that are emerging. It is a way of working with others, of building an ensemble, and of establishing a common language. It is a practice in seeing things with new perspectives.”
— Nelson Chia

  • “Viewpoints is a philosophy translated into a technique for (1) training performers; (2) building ensemble; and (3) creating movement for the stage.”

  • “Viewpoints is a set of names given to certain principles of movement through time and space; these names constitute a language for talking about what happens onstage.”

  • “Viewpoints is points of awareness that a performer or creator makes use of while working.”

  • — Anne Bogart