The work of the actor in tragedy under Mr. Terzopoulos’ direction is very different than standard American rehearsal practices, which often approach the plays through the frame of Freud, Stanislavsky, and realistic drama. Terzopoulos’ work begins with intense physical training that puts the actor’s body through a series of increasingly difficult positions while focusing on breathing deeply into the diaphragm, followed by vocalizations in a series of sometimes strenuous body positions.
Back in 2011, during previews for Our Class, I read a brief review in The Guardian of a director I’d never heard of, whom the critic wrote had “created a theatre that, while it has elements of the work of Jerzy Grotowski, seems very much his own: one that explores the cornered human animal in all its naked desperation." I immediately shared the article with Blanka, whose interest was piqued. “I got on the internet to find more,” she remembers, and she was taken with the acting, which had “a power and presence that I didn’t see that often.” This was our introduction t
Hello from Philadelphia! It's Brian Ratcliffe again. Jered and I have returned from Greece, and are now fully engaged in the rehearsal process for Antigone. Before too much time passes, I thought I would take an opportunity to share a few more thoughts and images from our extraordinary experience abroad. Below are a handful of photos that I took in Greece, with captions. Enjoy!
Γεια σας! Hello, everybody. This is Brian. In the last post we wrote mainly about the political situation in Greece, and while there is still an enormous amount to say about all that, today's post will focus on the workshop that Jered and I have been attending at Attis Theater, taught by Founding Artistic Director Theodoros Terzopoulos and his company member, Savvas Stroumpos. A Disclaimer: everything below represents my own current understanding of the teachings and practices that we have been receiving over the last few weeks. To the extent that it (inevitably) misrepresents the philosophy or methodology of Mr. Terzopoulos, it's my own fault.
From Greece: Wilma Hothouse Company Members Jered McLenigan and Brian Ratcliffe share their experiences while training in Greece
Καλημέρα! Good morning from Athens, Greece! This is Jered McLenigan writing. Brian Ratcliffe and I have the absolute pleasure of being here for a 30-day intensive training program with Attis Theatre, under the tutelage of Savvas Stroumpos and Theodoros Terzopoulos. Philadelphia actress Rachel Camp joined us in the work for the first ten days; Wilma actors Sarah Gliko and Ed Swidey will be here for the final ten days. Mr. Terzopoulos will be directing the first production of The Wilma's 2015/16 season, ANTIGONE, which Brian, Sarah, Ed and I will be performing in, alongside 4 other Philadelphia actors and 4 actors from Athens. We've been here for about a week and a half, and our bodies have finally (sort of) adjusted to the time difference. Today is our first day off––the program consists of three separate ten day cycles with one day off in between––so we thought this would be a good moment to say hello and talk a little bit about our experience here so far.