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Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints Drop-In Practice Classes


We will be offering 4 drop-in classes, led by Nelson Chia and Mia Chee. Each training will last 1.5 hours, with a break of 15 mins in between. Recommended for those who would like to maintain practice in these methods. Participants may choose to attend session(s) for either one or both training methods.

*Only for those who have learnt the method and have some experience of the training.

Dates:
3 October 2022, Monday
10 October 2022, Monday
17 October 2022, Monday
25 October 2022, Tuesday

Time:
SMAT: 7pm - 8.30pm
Viewpoints: 8.45 - 10.15pm

Venue:
NYT Studio
28 Aliwal Street, #02-09, Aliwal Arts Centre, Singapore 199918.

Instructors:
Nelson Chia and Mia Chee

Fee:
$8 for 1 training x 1 session,
$12 for both trainings x 1 session.

$28 for 1 training x 4 sessions,
$40 for both trainings x 4 sessions.

Conducted in:
English

Covid safety measures:
(updated 26 April 2022)
- Individuals may unmask in classes involving dance, singing, wind instruments, voice training and speech and drama.
- Safe distance will not be required between individuals or groups, in mask-on and mask-off settings.

Application is now open.
Click HERE to apply.


We strongly recommend the use of traditional Japanese white tabi socks for SMAT. 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, with 4 buckles. It should be a snug fit.

If you do not have a pair of Tabi at the time of training, you may come with a pair of 100% cotton white socks.

Viewpoints is done barefoot.

The Suzuki Method of Actor Training

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.

“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