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NYC PRACTICAL AESTHETICS ACTING INTENSIVE
MELBOURNE and SYDNEY
Brave Studios is proud to present an exclusive opportunity to train with two master teachers from New York’s famed in Practical Aesthetics, Anya Saffir and Jacquelyn Landgraf.
In 2018 we will welcome them back to work in MELBOURNE at and for the first time ever in SYDNEY at
This week long intensive workshop in Practical Aesthetics brings together two fundamental tenets of the technique, action and moment: thinking before you act and acting before you think. Actors are empowered to make clear, specific choices based on a careful study of the text, and to execute their choices spontaneously and truthfully. In this way, the class will teach the actor to prepare to improvise. Acting work becomes spontaneous and alive, whilst still being thoroughly connected to the text.
Saffir and Landgraf are incredibly accomplished teachers and theatre practitioners. Both have been evolving the Practical Aesthetics acting technique together over the last decade at . Every year many Australian actors make the pilgrimage to New York City to study at the , a school known for its reputation in developing and nurturing both craft and technique.
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The course involves 8 hours of study and practice every day for five days. In the final two days auditors will be present in the audience to watch and learn from both teachers and students. Each day will start in the MOMENT LAB with Jacquelyn Landgraf, before spending the afternoon in SCENE STUDY with Anya Saffir.
This segment explores visceral engagement, radical play and improvisation in the present moment, driving home the idea that live performance is an irreproducible event. Through a variety of different exercises and in the spirit of experimentation, actors learn to work with greater impulsive freedom and curiosity. The Lab investigates heightened presence, holistic listening skills, and deeper intimacy between scene partners. By beginning each day with two hours of Moment Lab, students are ready to enter into their scene study class with the tools to act before they think.
In this in-depth scene study class, students will begin by grounding themselves in the story and the playwright’s intentions. After a thorough overview of the Practical Aesthetics approach to script analysis, students bring in one prepared scene which will be thoroughly explored over the course of the week. They learn to articulate their understanding of the given circumstances through clear, playable actions, and bring themselves fully to the stage with depth, bravery and personal stakes. Within the structure of a finely tuned analysis of the script, the actor is free to navigate their way through the scene organically and impulsively.