International Symposium »Actor Training: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives«

3–6 December 2013
Kunstquartier BethanienStudios 1 and 2
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

The symposium, organized by the International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures,« follows on from a preliminary seminar on intercultural actor training hosted in November 2012 by the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in Singapore. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together a diverse group of specialists to (re)consider key questions about actor training and acting. Participants include teachers and students of acting from different schools and cultures, practitioners who interweave techniques, methods, and discourses of training, as well as an interdisciplinary group of scholars interested in issues of embodiment, consciousness, and subjectivity, which are central to the phenomenon and practice of acting and actor training.

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Tuesday 03 December
Wednesday 04 December
Thursday 05 December
Friday 06 December

TUESDAY 03 DECEMBER

#1 An overview of intercultural and interdisciplinary issues and perspectives

 

[Studio 1]

2 p.m.

Welcome
Erika Fischer-Lichte, Christel Weiler, and Phillip Zarrilli

2.15–4 p.m.

Actor training within specific (inter-)cultural contexts

  • The ITI Model in the Singaporean Context: Sasitharan Thirunalan
  • The Contexts in the UK, USA, and Australia: Michael Earley and Niamh Dowling; Phillip Zarrilli; Frances Barbe
  • German Examples: Martin Gruber and Hans-Ulrich Becker

4–4.15 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

4.15–5.15 p.m.

The actor’s work on attention, awareness, and active imagination: between phenomenology, cognitive science, and practices of acting
Opening Lecture by Phillip Zarrilli

5.15–5.30 p.m.

Questions & answers

5.30–5.45 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

5.45–6.30 p.m.

Initial interdisciplinary perspectives and reflections on acting/training (as phenomenon/process, with focus on embodiment, subjectivity, consciousness)
Chair: Christel Weiler
With: Thomas Alkemeyer, Rolf Elberfeld, and Hinderk Emrich

6.30–7 p.m.

Questions & answers

7.00 p.m.

Dinner at »3 Schwestern,« Kunstquartier Bethanien

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WEDNESDAY 04 DECEMBER

#2 Psychophysical training in »traditional« and intercultural contexts

 

[Studio 2]

9.30–11 a.m.

»Navarasa Sadhana«: training methodology for actors based on »navarasa« – the nine basic sentiments
Work-demonstration by Gopalan Venu, Kapila Venu, and Rajeev Padiparampil

 

Short break

11.10 a.m.–
12.10 p.m.

Embodying reimagined traditions
Work-demonstration by Sasitharan Thirunalan and students of the ITI, Singapore

12.10–1.25 p.m.

Reflections, observations, and discussion
Chair: Christel Weiler
With: Thomas Alkemeyer, Rolf Elberfeld, and Hinderk Emrich

1.25–2.30 p.m.

Lunch (independently)

#3 Intercultural approaches to voice and voice training in context

 

[Studio 2]

2.30–3.30 p.m

Body Voice
Work-demonstration by Gabriella Crispino and students of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)

3.30–3.45 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

 

[Studio 1]

3.45–4.30 p.m.

Toward an intercultural approach to training actors’ voices: Interweaving key principles and practices of Korean P’ansori and Western mainstream voice pedagogy in UK actor conservatoires
Lecture by Tara McAllister-Viel

4.30–4.45 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

4.45–5.45 p.m.

Te Tangi o te Manu: Many Voices
Work-demonstration by Robin Payne Papazoglou and students of the ITI, Singapore

5.45–6.15 p.m.

Reflections, observations, and discussion
Chair: Sasitharan Thirunalan
With: Thomas Alkemeyer, Rolf Elberfeld, and Hinderk Emrich

6.15–8 p.m.

Dinner (independently)

8.00 p.m.

It's 2513 - Who needs a voice?
Performance by David Moss

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THURSDAY 05 DECEMBER

#4 Modes of psychophysical training in intercultural contexts

 

[Studio 2]

9.30–10.45 a.m.

Psychophysical training: attention, awareness, and awakening the senses as a pre-performative basis for acting
Work-demonstration by Phillip Zarrilli and students of the ITI, Singapore

10.45–11 a.m.

Coffee/tea break

11 a.m.–12.15 p.m.

Evolving butoh: performer training across cultures and disciplines
Work-demonstration by Frances Barbe and students of the ITI, Singapore

12.15–1.15 p.m.

Lunch (independently)

1.15–2.30 p.m.

The neutral body as a base for acting? The role of functional-structural bodywork and martial arts in the training for performing artists
Work-demonstration by Martin Gruber and students of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art, Berlin (HfS)

2–2.45 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

2.45–4.45 p.m.

Physiodrama basics
Work-demonstration by Marc Prätsch, Yurgen Schoora, and students of the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK)

4.45–5 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

5–6.15 p.m.

Reflections, observations, and discussion
Chair: Sasitharan Thirunalan and Christel Weiler
With: Thomas Alkemeyer, Rolf Elberfeld, and Hinderk Emrich

6.15–8.30 p.m.

Dinner (independently)

8.30–9.30 p.m.

PARVATI VIRAHAM – Parvati Yearning for Shiva
Kutiyattam Performance by the Natanakairali troupe
(Kapila Venu, Gopalan Venu, and Rajeev Padiparampil)

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FRIDAY 06 DECEMBER

#5 Further issues of acting and actor training: present and future

 

[Studio 1]

10–11.30 a.m.

Panel Discussion
Examining the »ethos« of acting: Is there/should there be an »ethos« of acting and acting pedagogy?
Chair: Torsten Jost
Panel: Phillip Zarrilli, Navtej Singh Johar, Sasitharan Thirunalan, Thomas Alkemeyer, Rolf Elberfeld, and Hinderk Emrich

11.30–11.45 a.m.

Coffee/tea break

11.45 a.m.–
12.45 p.m.

Panel Discussion
En/re-visioning the future of actor training
Chair: Torsten Jost and Antje Paul
Participants/discussants: students of participating acting schools

12.45–1.15 p.m.

Questions & answers

1.15–2.15 p.m.

Lunch (independently)

2.15–3.30 p.m.

Panel Discussion
En/re-visioning the future of actor training
Chair: Christel Weiler
Participants/discussants: teachers of participating acting schools

3.30–3.45 p.m.

Coffee/tea break

3.45–4.45 p.m.

By way of conclusion: Rehearsing culture
Statements by Erika Fischer-Lichte and Christel Weiler followed by a discussion

4.45–5.30 p.m.

By way of not concluding: Reflections and observations
Navtej Singh Johar and current Fellows of the International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures,« Berlin

5.30 p.m.

Closing

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The symposium is curated by Dr. Christel Weiler (FU Berlin), Phillip Zarrilli (UK), Sasitharan Thirunalan (ITI, Singapore), and Torsten Jost (FU Berlin)