The Prague Summer Theatre School

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Authorial Performance through (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner

This course is an intensive exploration of authorial performance, an improvisational approach to devising solo and group performances by cultivating and sharing personal and universal themes with an audience. This approach is based on, and develops from, (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (IwIP), a multidisciplinary, psychosomatic (psycho-physical) solo open improvisation discipline created at the Department of Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy at DAMU by celebrated artist and teacher, Professor Ivan Vyskočil. The discipline opens up a range of directions for studying and practicing dynamics fundamental to creative public behavior and is the core of DAMU’s program in authorial acting.

During this three-week course we will explore the following questions: What is authorship and creativity and what does it mean to be an author, a creator? How does one discover and cultivate personal themes? How can we share them in a performance situation with the self fully and authentically present? What sort of psychophysical fitness does that require? How can we study and develop such a preparedness? Beyond the personal, what is the social, political, and pedagogical significance of our work?

We will pose and reply to these questions through some readings and discussions, but we will primarily work “on the floorboards.” This means solo, pair and group open improvisation exercises exploring: spontaneity, expressivity (including vocal expressivity), psychosomatic awareness (e.g., Feldenkrais), and authentic presence; what it means to be a partner to yourself and others; identifying and communicating personal themes; and understanding basic dramaturgical and directorial performance principles. The course will also involve practicing (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner. (For more information about (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner, its creator, and how it is studied, please click here.) At the end of the course, we will share what we have discovered with the public through an open class/performance. The experience, knowledge, and skills gained from this course will prepare you for further creative explorations in creating authorial performances.

This course is for students who are willing to take the risks involved in personal creative development using all aspects of their self (voice, bodymind); assume responsibility for the meaning and effect of what they share with others through performance; are interested in collaborating on developing creative communication; and would like to discover the pleasure of performing. We welcome students of acting as well as all people who “act,” “do” and “perform” in front of others in their professional or every day lives (teachers, social workers, doctors) and individuals in other creative fields (e.g., film, visual arts, philosophy).

Schedule

June 3rd to June 21st 2013. Three teaching hours every weekday, alternating weekeday mornings and afternoons. Students in this course may also enroll in Enlivening the Performer.

Teacher

Alexander Komlosi, MFA, Ph.D, is a Czech-American authorial actor, director, researcher and teacher who has performed internationally including the Sandra Gering Gallery (NYC); Prague Quadrennial 2003; Théâtre Toursky, Opera of Dijon (France); the Hunter Mountain Culture Festival; Wroclaw’s International Festival of One-Man Theatre. His solo and group theatre projects (e.g., The Office of the Professional Human Being) have received grants in the USA and the Czech Republic (Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Czech Ministry and Prague City Grants, etc.). He has collaborated with various artists and companies internationally including: William Pope.L, Maggie Siff, Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace (U.S.A.); HoME theatre, Přemysl Rut, Vladimir Javorský (Czech Republic); Golem Theatre (France); Otso Huopaniemi, Hanna Raiskinmäki, Milja Sarkola (Finland).

He has taught regular and Erasmus students at the Department of Authorial Creativity and Pedagogy at DAMU (authorial performance), and has worked as a scientific researcher at the Institute for the Research and Study of Authorial Acting. Alexander has led been studying (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner since 1998 and teach it since 2001, having led workshops at DAMU and internationally (Columbia University, Yale University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Brighton, Rose Bruford College, Central School of Speech and Drama, Theatre Academy in Helsinki). He received his MFA and Ph.D. studying under Ivan Vyskočil at DAMU. Alexander is Program Director for the Master’s program in Authorial Acting (in English) at DAMU and the Director of the Prague Summer Theatre School. Alex is also teaching the Authorial Performance component of Presenting performance and the (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner component of Enlivening the Performer.

There will also be visits from guest teachers for classes in Feldenkrais, vocal expression, and other trained IwIP class leaders.