Courses

Dancing life with all your senses Claude Magne / from 27 October 2021 to 31 October 2022 - Brussels Belgium

This workshops offers a dive into receptivity, mindfulness and the resonance of the body in movement, to achieve a magnetic presence beyond any technique, in a total openness to the here-and-now. Opening the way to an intense life of sensations, it develops a high level of vibration, creativity and freedom on stage, in the joy and mystery of the present.

Claude Magne discovered dance during a trip to South America, where he met the Indians of Amazonia, with whom he learned ritual dances and the sacred practices of trance and ecstasy. After this initiatory journey, he followed the teachings of several masters of contemporary dance, became a dancer, then a choreographer and teacher dealing with different audiences, in several countries. In the interrogation of the living phenomenon and the incarnation, he practices Zen meditation and yoga, collaborates in transdisciplinary conferences and writes various books on dance or meditation.

Practical informations

Time : from 10 am till 5 pm.

Location : Cellule 133, 133a Avenue Ducpétiaux, 1060 Brussels, Saint-Gilles.

Price : 350€.

The wild and intimate clown Marjolein Baars & Natalie Yalon / from 14 September 2022 to 18 September 2022 - Brussels Belgium

This clown workshop is about daring to stand on this fine line of constant possibilities.To be able & willing to listening and finding here-and-now whatever is asked for or needs to be given. Even when you have no clue, when it is ugly, violent, seductive, overwhelming, tempting, intense, full of pressure... The clown knows how to deal with it with humour and lightness. He dares and finds the way to turn things around for the benefit of all and the whole. He enjoys  life in the moment and says yes to whatever is there.

MARJOLEIN BAARS (1958) 

I love people, acting, playing and creating (possibilities). Working from what Michael Chekhov calls the ‘creative individuality’ is central in my work and the world of clown is an everlasting inspiration to me. I am trained at the mime school in Amsterdam and specialized in the Michael Chekhov acting technique and clowning since 1992. I am on the faculty and the board of MICHA, founding member of MCE and have been the artistic director of the Tsjechov Theater Studio till 1999.Through tiny hero productions, De Stichting Koffer or MCCNL I create projects and trainings in which art and society meet and actual social issues are addressed through cooperative creative action that enables people to be Ready to Act. I teach and play performances (tailor made) in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania, Turkey, Australia, the US and Russia.

NATALIE YALON (1971) 

First Prize in Drama from the Royal Conservatory of Liège, and a graduate in Philosophy from the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).  She specialises instage productionand Russian theatrical pedagogics in Russia: in Moscow’s Gitis (the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) and the Vakhtanghov Institute; her teachers are Vladimir Skoritz, Andrei Droznin, Boris Rabey, Slava Kokorin.  She is also following an intensive training programme at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York with Lenard Petit.

PRACTICAL DETAILS

Date and time : from September 14th to September 18th, from 10 am till 5pm.

Price : 400 €.

Location : Cellule 133a, Avenue Ducpétiaux 133a, 1060 Brussels.

Organisation : Michael Chekhov Studio Brussels. 

REGISTRATION

Please describe your personal statement of motivation for participation, and send it to studiochekhov@gmail.com. Upon your admission to the master class, we will send you a confirmation email with detailed information about payment, along with deadlines and other practical information about your participation. Applications are registered in order of receipt of the registration form. Your place will be confirmed by email as possible. Your application is definite and irrevocable. The fee is non-refundable.

Towards a shining presence of the actor : initiation to Michael Chekhov's technique Natalie Yalon / from 22 October 2022 to 26 October 2022 - Brussels Belgium

Michael Chekhov’s technique is an imaginative approach to experiencing the truth of the moment, which enables actors to access the creative individuality within. The psychophysical exercises deliver inspirational, organic means to achieve one's highest artistic aims. They develop the consciousness of a slight relationship between soul and body, opening the actor to impulses and images. These images spread inside the body and become “visible” to the audience through external actions. During the workshop, the participant experiences joy and ease in living on stage here and now, and discovers the true art of improvising.

"Transformation is what every actor consciously or unconsciously longs for."  Michael Chekhov

The training provides the keys for:

  • achieving a high level of presence, creativity and energy on stage
  • producing a performance that exerts the power of fascination
  • experiencing the joy of the presence of mindfulness by existing intensely in his/her body and its sensations
  • leaving one’s comfort zones to experience mystery and the unknown in a performance
  • achieving a new relationship to the stage, a relationship that is fuller, and  more open and creative.

NATALIE YALON

Artistic director, actress, acting teacher. First Prize in Drama from the Royal Conservatory of Liège, and a graduate in Philosophy from the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).  She specialises instage productionand Russian theatrical pedagogics in Russia: in Moscow’s Gitis (the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) and the Vakhtanghov Institute; her teachers are Vladimir Skoritz, Andrei Droznin, Boris Rabey, Slava Kokorin.  She is also following an intensive training programme at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York with Lenard Petit.

PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS

Contact and admission : studiochekhov(at)gmail.com
Phone number : +32 475 36 12 74

Schedule : from 10 am to 5 pm, depending on the program.

Location: Cellule 133, 133a avenue Ducpétiaux, 1060 Brussels.

Price : 350€.

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Comprehensive Training Winter 2023 Natalie Yalon, Boris Rabey, Marjolein Baars, Catherine Delasalle, Claude Magne, Inbal Yalon / from 09 January 2023 to 31 March 2023 - Brussels Belgium

Registration is now open for our Comprehensive Training : The power of presence January-March 2022.The course is structured as a series of 11 week sessions or intensives. Each intensive meets five times a week. Our classes are given mostly in French.

The training develops in a way such that the actor achieves ever-greater levels of psycho-physical awareness and sensitivity and, at the same time, deepening his practical knowledge of acting craft.
The course is aimed at artists in the performing arts who wish to improve their performance, and to renew the approach to their art. It focuses on the quest for a radiant and liberated stage presence in order to achieve a life that is deeply authentic, exhilarating and fascinating.
These training course offers an advanced technique derived from Michael Chekhov and Russian and American acting practices. Extremely simple, fast and efficient, it is based on the radiation of the presence, the receptivity and imagination of the body. It provides a magnetic performance featuring an impressive energetic force and variety ranging from tragedy to burlesque, from epic to realism.
By activating a continuous flow of acting, the memory of sensations and the investigation of a purely physical imagination, this technique allows the actor to achieve a high degree of psychic and emotional mobility in the lightness and joy of personal expenditure.
This approach, which is deeply sensitive, intuitive and playful, is based on the conscience and the full and sincere experience of the present via the imagination.

Content

1. Working on the physical instrument
Everything starts with the setting in motion of the body, since the moving body is what the public sees. The aim is to make the body as sensitive as possible in order to make it receptive to the subtle nuances of the person’s inner life, and able to express them.

The work is also based on vocal exploration, as this practice focuses on the body and its full range of expression.

Energy: This principle can be understood as the life force that animates the body. Mastery of its radiating power greatly increases the quality of the actor’s presence, making his/her acting magnetic.

Imagination: This element is essential, since all potential lies in the ability to imagine. It allows a person to cross over the threshold of everyday life and to explore the world of the creative artist.

Concentration: This awakens a more intense power than that exerted during everyday consciousness. This faculty helps develop the wonderful feeling of intense presence in the here and now.

Incorporation: This faculty, which derives from empathy, allows one to project oneself into an image and to become one with it; it therefore constitutes a key principle in transformation. It is based on the sharpening of receptivity and psychic mobility.

2. Working on the role : characterisation
This comprises learning about characterisation tools such as the imaginary body, imaginary centres, the psychological gesture and archetypes. These tools allow the actor to identify and understand who is playing the role, and to make the right choices when creating the character.

Practical details
Price: 2500€.
Contact and admission : studiochekhov(at)gmail.com
Phone number: +32 475 36 12 74
Schedule: from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 1 pm/ from 10 am to 5 pm, depending on the program.
Location: Cellule 133, 133a avenue Ducpétiaux, 1060 Brussels.

The Studio

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.

NATALIE YALON

artistic director, actress, acting teacher

Belgium

First Prize in Drama from the Royal Conservatory of Liège, and a graduate in Philosophy from the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).  She specialises instage productionand Russian theatrical pedagogics in Russia: in Moscow’s Gitis (the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) and the Vakhtanghov Institute; her teachers are Vladimir Skoritz, Andrei Droznin, Boris Rabey, Slava Kokorin.  She is also following an intensive training programme at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York with Lenard Petit.

http://www.studiomichaelchekhov.org/

NATALIE YALON

artistic director, actress, acting teacher

Belgium

CATHERINE DELASALLE

voice teacher, Feldenkrais teacher

France

Songwriter and performer born in Paris. She travels a lot, and has many jobs before starting a career as an ambassador for French songs in Flanders. Alongside her career as a songwriter, she is interested in the voice in all its forms, and participates in many experimental projects. For many years she has been putting poetry into music and writing her own lyrics. The meeting with the Feldenkrais method offers him the ideal framework to develop his experiences, to continue to evolve and to start teaching. She has taught at the Lassaad International Theater School, at the Brussels Conservatory of Music, and conducts numerous workshops and workshops in Belgium and abroad.

http://www.catherinedelasalle.be/

CATHERINE DELASALLE

voice teacher, Feldenkrais teacher

France

BORIS RABEY

stage and film director, acting teacher

Russia

Boris Rabey graduated from The Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and from the State Institute of Culture, Moscow. Specialization: Directing of the Dramatic Theatre and Performance Pedagogy, under the direction of Maria Knebel (Stanislavski’s last assistant). Artistic Director of the « Masterskaya » Theatre (Moscow).
He has been invited to teach Master Classes and has staged over 30 productions in countries including Russia, France and Belgium.

He has been invited to teach at the Conservatory of Liège and at the Royal International Summer Academy. He regularly teaches at The Russian University of Theatre Arts .

Since 2006, he has directed over 10 serial dramas for Russian TV.

BORIS RABEY

stage and film director, acting teacher

Russia

MARJOLEIN BAARS

stage director, acting teacher

Holland

Marjolein Baars works with clown and Michael Chekhov acting technique since 1991. She creates performances, gives workshop all over the world (US, Australia, Russia, Turkey and Europe) and applies theatre tools to social fields such as dementia and health care. Her latest interest concerns the elements, the planet and how to contribute to a fundamental change in society. www.tinyhero.nlwww.destichtingkoffer.nl, or www.unitiative.nl

MARJOLEIN BAARS

stage director, acting teacher

Holland

INBAL YALON

actress, acting teacher

Belgium

Following drama courses at INSAS in Brussels, at the Conservatory in Liège and Leipzig, and at Vassiliev's school in Moscow, Inbal Yalon has been an actress and a stage director for over 15 years. She is also a teacher and a coach for actors. She has worked with numerous stage directors in Belgium as well as in other countries. Having a Master in Linguistics and Foreign Litterature, she also translates litterary works or art-related texts.
Further, she is the co-author of Sex Politex, and the author of “L’histoire ludique et détaillée du Clitoris” (The Clitoris’ Playful And Detailed History), which she stages and plays in Belgium and abroad.

INBAL YALON

actress, acting teacher

Belgium

LENARD PETIT

stage director, acting teacher

USA

Lenard is an actor/director who resides in New York City. He has been working in the the theater for thirty years collaborating with other artists to create original works for the stage , cinema, and television. He has directed plays and performance pieces on and off Broadway and in as well as out of the United States. As an actor he has performed in some works of such notable directors as Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others. Mr. Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. As one of a handful of teacher students trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov’s Theater School his knowledge of the technique coupled with his gifts have brought him to be recognized as one of the foremost teachers of this technique in the world.

As a member of the international Michael Chekhov Association, he has been invited to teach Master classes at the Moscow Art Theater, The International School for Film and Television in Munich, Helsinki University, as well as acting workshops in Denmark, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Zurich, London , Riga, and Irkutsk Siberia. For the past 14 years he has been teaching Chekhov Technique in the MFA Acting program at Rutgers University.

LENARD PETIT

stage director, acting teacher

USA