Physical Characterization: Animal Work

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Physical Characterization: Animal Work with Matthias Schott

Animal work is a wonderful tool for creating a physical life different from our own and essential work in our quest to create a character.

We base our work on animal movements and behaviour through detailed observation. We become the animal totally. From the humble rabbit and to the majestic eagle to the comical duck and proud lion. Once the animal has been established in our bones, we understood its dynamics. We slowly see how our investigations affect our bodies when we humanise the movements. You find that you truly become someone other than yourself. Down to the way, you lift your foot and scratch your ear.

A journey for – freeing the body and the imagination – nurturing a curiosity for human behavior & – analyzing universal movement patterns. The goal is to support actors/actresses develop a clear mind-body relationship, to guide them to experience the body as an expressive instrument and to bring playfulness and instinct to their work.

„I think of the magic, the intrusion into the memory of childhood. There is happiness and there’s fear to be conquered. The body needs to know that it is being used, that we can count on it. The imagination is being cleared up and that happens through the body – I’m certain.“ Ariane Mnouchkine

“The astonishing structure of the body and the amazing actions it can perform are some of the greatest miracles of existence. Each phase of movement, every small transference of weight, every single gesture of any part of the body reveals some feature of our inner life.“ Rudolf Laban

Venue: Berlin
Dates: January 21th & 22th, 2023
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday | 10:30 am to 5:30/6:00 pm
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Participants number limited: 14

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Examples: Physical Characterization – Character Actors/Actresses | ARTICLES Actresses using animals as inspiration for characters: Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron

Actors are undercover agents. You must constantly spy on people, studying their character elements…Acting is hard because it requires ….constant study of human behavior.” – Stella Adler

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Animal Work in Acting