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!