Voice and Movement Acting Workshop in London
MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 7-10PM
The London Acting Workshop for Voice & Movement is an opportunity to utilize the greater potential of your voice and body. No matter how truthful the flow of your thoughts, impulses, and emotions – if they are expressed through weak muscles and a poor voice – then they are only a fraction of the greater creative potential. These sessions run for 4 weeks on Monday & Wednesday evenings and are placed approximately two weeks after and two weeks before the start of Main Method Intensive. They can be taken exclusively, or as part of a longer arch of training. As an actor without an evolved relationship with your voice and body, you will have little means to express the life created within. Therefore under the expert instruction of the teaching, it releases your instrument to let your work creatively expand through your physical and vocal actions.
The body is a dynamic thing that is a summation of millions of years of action. In the modern world, most people barely tap the greater depth of the movement and range at their disposal. Starting with the body, you will engage with the flow and movement of your instrument. Focusing on such important areas such as the neutral stance form, from which you can build a greater sense of character as well as a broader expression in all your work. You will learn how each muscle can make vague or clear actions that speak little or volumes about your character and their intentions. Pacing, rhythm, expression — though these, you can channel your impulses much more into intuitive expression. Each week, over the mid class, you will build up a much more conscious & creative relationship with your body and the ability to move in it far beyond the dead habits that hold back so much of the potential work alive inside you.
It may seem obvious why you would need to work on your voice, but of course there is much more to it than you could possibly imagine at first glance. Breath is essential for the voice as well as movement, as both are action. It is common for adults in the developed world to cut off the power of the voice by locking up the diaphragm, a muscle which as a baby you will have fully used from birth. However over the years because of conditioning and possible suppression, the diaphragm becomes locked up and so does the voice. Unlocking this and expanding your capacity is central to the work you will need to undertake. The next step is to build on and play with the flexibility and range of your voice which, like your body, interlinks the flow of intuitive and expressive impulses from your creative core. Both movement and voice give real depth and meaning to your acting as they are the means of expressing your Thoughts, Impulses, & Emotions, which are born in the creative core of your instrument..
ACTING WITH THE VOICE & BODY
This is a superb scene which emphasises the importance of voice and body, but even the greater concept of voice body and soul being truly interconnected. Which in simple terms mean that you the actor are not overwhelmed & pushing for results. That can relax into the complicated structure of the film set and allow your instrument to act creatively within the material.
VOICE & MOVEMENT
As you look to the scene notice how such subtle, but informative parts of the actors craft are being use. Stillness and movement, which is incredibly hard unless you truly relaxed. For instance that a certain amount of activity with cups and saucers. It is not just your ability to do these things in a relaxed state, but to be able to use your conscious character ideas to inform and structure the way you do them. There is the use of accents, particularly skilfully demonstrated by Meryl Streep.
VOICE BODY & SOUL
One final note is the ability to understand how the camera lens amplifies. Apart from the clearest mistake most actors make, which is to stand like a plank of wood. It is to understand that small gestures have a profound capability to tell a story with a camera lens, particularly if there is a close-up. Have a look through the scene and see how they intertwine their crafts in their work. Therefore demonstrating that voice and body is as vital as the ability to relax and find psychological & emotional connection with the material.