Saturday, June 23 from 12pm-3pm
At GK Arts Center in DUMBO (F train to York Street)
We’ve all had an acting teacher or director tell us that we need to “get out of our own way” – but what does that mean, and how do you do it? The practices of stick work not only get you out of your own way, they quickly ignite a responsive, full-body listening and joyful sense of play that will transform your work on stage, on camera, and in the audition room.
Inspired by the work of Jacques Lecoq and Compicité, these simple but infinitely unique exercises use bamboo sticks and dowels to free you from expectations to “get it right” and root you in the quiet chaos of the present moment. Stick work is a visceral, active, ensemble-based training technique that builds the same muscles as Meisner-based repetition or Viewpoints’ kinesthetic response — but without the traps that kick you back into your head, and in a fraction of the time.
This is an open-level class, equally suitable for those new to the work or those who have been exploring it for years. Though this training is developed for actors, it also pays huge dividends as a personal or meditative training: You do not need to be a performer to participate.
Come play with us!