Hello arts community:
As I reflect on this year, i wonder if everyone has experienced such a fast one? i think it is really only April, and things are bobbing along…but no bobbing this year. Sheer speed, the occasional terror and some really soft moments.
We have all experienced so much in 2013, and i always think it is a good idea to reflect on said journeys, so we can move forward into the coming new year with freshness, vigour and vibrancy.
I am going to host a two-day-plus-an-evening workshop intensive…oh i wish we had another word for ‘workshop’…perhaps ‘gathering’…in February 2014, where we can take some time out and reflect and dream new dreams. A small group. An intimate group. Good food. Working from 1pm through till the evening…
Keep your eye on the website blog if you are interested. I shall also promote it on Facebook.
Till then, stay safe, though not too safe…always a balance…margi
Wizard of Oz at La Boite Brisbane Australia
Whenever I am in a show I use the mornings to re-read the classics. Something I read this morning sat close so I thought I would share it here:
Today’s classic is Michael Chekov’s To the Actor:
“We must overcome our fear of the theatre theatrical when it comes to acting. A theatre is where we are. The theatre is the place where extraordinary things happen, where you see people behaving, not as they do on the street, but as they might do in your dreams. or your nightmares. when the shaman does his dance, nobody says could you do it a little less please.”
Checkov’s classic is a great text for all of us “Open yourself completely”…moving towards “freedom and increased life”, both on and off the stage…
Doug Leonard, a wonderful Australian (Brisbane) director who died recently, loved Michael Chekov’s work and because of him I make sure I return to Chekov on a regular basis.
I will finish with Chekov’s exercise of flying: “Imagine your whole body flying through space… A sensation of joyful lightness and easiness will permeate your entire body”…may all of the artists in Brisbane this week (for the Brisbane Festival) fly through your performances tonight!