Real inspired acting
is never DOING,
it is always HAPPENING
The Michael Chekhov Studio is an international centre for training in the performing arts, situated in Brussels at the heart of Europe. It offers performing artists advanced training based on the organic truth of acting, the radiance of the presence, the mastery of energy and the sharpening of the imagination. It is based on the psycho-physical practices of Michael Chekhov and Lenard Petit. The studio works in partnership with the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio New York.
"Transformation is what every actor consciously or unconsciously longs for." Michael Chekhov
The training provides the keys for:
MICHAEL CHEKHOV (1891-1955) was an internationally acclaimed actor, director, and teacher. Nephew of the famous writer and dramatist Anton Chekhov, he was famous for his audacious talent and inimitable characterizations. Stanislavsky called him his “most brilliant pupil,” and likely altered his own acting system after Chekhov’s influence.
Marked by the Soviets for arrest, he escaped to the West in 1928. In exile, he impressed and astonished European and American audiences and critics with his tragic, comedic, and operatic roles and productions.
After his stays in Germany and France, he settled in England and co-founded the Chekhov Theatre Studio at Dartington Hall, where he further developed his method. In 1939, he relocated his studio to America, where he continued to train young actors and lecture to experienced professionals.
ABOUT THE CHEKHOV METHOD
The Chekhov method is a ‘psycho-physical approach’ to experiencing the truth of the moment. It is founded on creative principles, such as working with impulse, archetypes, atmospheres, sensations and gestures. Chekhov training and practice awakens and elaborates the actor’s artistic imagination, strengthens the capacity for intense inner action, and loosens habitual restrictions to expressive emotion. It delivers techniques and exercises that respect and unleash the actor’s highest nature. Professional application of the method satisfies the actor’s longing for transformation.
Characteristics of the method
The technique is psycho-physical, and always takes the external movement of the body as its starting point in order to create an inner life in a process that is profoundly alive and deeply connected to the here and now.
This technique aims at the organic presence through a purely physical imagination, economising on any prior psychology. Psychology and circumstances arise as a result of the process of embedding images or impulses, and are therefore used more as a starting point for the creation of life on stage.
Instead of tapping into his own personal history to create the character, the actor plunges into the reserves of his imagination and his subconscious. This considerably accelerates and facilitates the creative process.
With its recognition of the true nature of the actor-human being, the Chekhov training represents a healthy and dependable approach to freeing the actor’s talent and highest potential. Hand in hand with the development of the actor’s whole instrument, the method facilitates the acquisition of a comprehensive professional craft.
Michael Chekhov Studio Brussels welcomes applicants who are undergraduate students or professionals within theatre and film. Please fill out all of the fields on below registration form.
We thank you in advance and will get back to you shortly.
Upon your admission, we will send you a confirmation letter with detailed information about payment, along with deadlines and other practical information about your participation.
* Note: by participating in one of our Master courses, you agree to take part in a work demonstration which will be open and presented to the public. By your participation, you have given us your agreement and permission (life-long term) to use any photo/video/audio with and of your contribution to the work. All of this material can be used in any and all PR contexts internationally. PR contexts include, but are not limited to: web, video presentation, radio, news and press sources, current and any other future social media sources.