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Improv and The Method (Stanislavski) - A Workshop

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Explore Stanislavski's Method Acting approach to create compelling scenes, unique characters and decisive actions in improv.

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Kaivalya Plays presents

Improv & The Method (Stanivlavski)

A two-hour workshop for improvisers and actors to explore and apply Stanivlavski's method acting system for characterization, movement and sculpting in improv scenes.

Suitable for improvisers and actors with any level of prior experience.

About The Workshop

The mysterious “Method” is often revered as the pinnacle of an actor losing themselves in a role. Young actors often romantically jeopardize their health and safety to emulate their heroes. The simple truth is Constantin Stanislavski’s approach to acting emphasizes being able to use emotions to guide your performance sincerely. Many times, especially as improvisers, we feel ourselves becoming caricatures of a character rather than an impactful presence presented believably.

Improv & Method Acting dives into the methods of Stanislavski as taught by Stella Adler to rely on our inner imagination to express ourselves. Adler’s teaching emphasizes the role of our inner world over to build characters, imagine situations and ground relationships in believability. Additionally Adler’s work can help you discover your own emotional mechanics and those of others.

This session will also dispel some of the myths around so-called “method acting” with practical exercises and tasks that will give you simplified controls on your performance.

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Communicate emotions effectively to an audience (as opposed to having feelings in front of people)
  • Build a vocabulary of actions to apply to scene work
  • Drop bad acting habits (indicating) and start working (doing)
  • Locate where in your body an action begins and how to access it for performance

Duration: 2 hours

Requirements: The class is open to anyone. The facilitator will ask you to stand and move for several exercises but these exercises will be adapted for anyone with different needs. Dress comfortably and keep a bottle of water within reach.

Price: USD 25 for the session, maximum 16 participants.

About Your Facilitator

Varoon P. Anand is Delhi’s most experienced Improv trainer and performer. Beginning his career under the guidance of Danielle Miles, of Fortetheatre UK, he co-founded Improv8 at Panama’s renowned Theatre Guild of Ancón in 2008. In Delhi, Varoon began teaching Improv in 2012 through Kaivalya Plays, the theatre company he founded, and in 2014 formed CueLess Improv, the capital’s most prolific team of short-form improv performers. Varoon trained in Laban Movement with Gilles Chuyen in 2013. Varoon continued training in improv with teachers including Saif Ali, of Batlahouse theatre, learning and collaborating from 2015-16. In 2018, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and medical practitioners, Varoon created Unravel, an improv show about mental health. Along with being the Artistic Director of Kaivalya Plays, CueLess Improv, and El Clavileño (India’s only Spanish language theatre group). As of 2020, Varoon has trained more than 200 performers in spontaneous improvisation, facilitated workshops for over 500 people in improvisation for mental wellnesss and collaborated with institutions like Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of Ecuador, Indian Habitat Centre, Little Theatre Group (LTG), Oddbird Theatre & Foundation amongst others. He continues to explore new ways to present and teach the techniques of improv, along with his other specialties.

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