Chekhov

21/11/2012

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"Art, especially the stage, is an area where it is impossible to walk without stumbling. There are in store for you many unsuccessful days and whole unsuccessful seasons: there will be great misunderstandings and deep disappointments… you must be prepared for all this, expect it and nevertheless, stubbornly, fanatically follow your own way."
Anton Chekhov, for those of you who are interested, is a Russian writer who died in 1904. He wrote these short and full length plays which seriously are amazing. He would have written more if he hadn't been so ill and had TB and died really young because of it. Summary concluded.

They love Chekhov here at Central and I now love him too. Not just his writing but him, I love everything about who he was and what he was. I have been reading all the plays (Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, Three Sisters, Cherry Orchard, The Bear, The Proposal) biographies, letters and all about his amazing actress wife Olga Knipper.  They have both inspired me as you can tell. Russian history and theatre in general is awesome.

Acting class has been based around Chekhov's plays/ scenes. We have just finished working on The Proposal which has been a real discovery for me in the learning about how to look at as play and find a way in for the actor. The world of intentions, listening, reacting etc etc. We are moving on to the Seagull this week which I am really excited about as I saw a wicked production of it recently at The Southwark Playhouse. Go if you can. I am a bit terrified of the part I have been given as it feels like a huge task. But as my voice teacher says 'without you the words are just ink on the page'. It makes sense to me somehow. As does this quote from a letter which Chekhov wrote in reply to his wife, a extremely renowned actress in Russia: "Art, especially the stage, is an area where it is impossible to walk without stumbling. There are in store for you many unsuccessful days and whole unsuccessful seasons: there will be great misunderstandings and deep disappointments… you must be prepared for all this, expect it and nevertheless, stubbornly, fanatically follow your own way." Again reminding myself that failure is the only way forward in art and do not try to control it. It wont make a difference. Just believe in your choice and that is all you can do. 



In other news we have been doing some classes in clown which have been hilarious. Our period dance exam is next week! Stage combat classes are intense and now have extended to the weekends. Phonetics is bloody hard, the splits and the push ups are now a daily deal and I am nearly there with both.


And yes I do mean ONE push up.
 
 
'Those with something to fall back on invariably fall back on it. They intended to all along. That is why they provided themselves with it . . . One could say, '"I am a fool, for I have not provided myself with an alternative"; one could also say, "I see nothing else worth my time," which is, I think, a rather strengthening attitude. Those of you with nothing to fall back on, you will find, are home.' - David Mamet
 
 
“The technique of any art is sometimes apt to dampen, as it were, the spark of inspiration in a mediocre artist; but the same technique in the hands of a master can fan that spark into an unquenchable flame.” -- Josef Jasser
 
 
Slowly we are being given meetings and workshops on the Industry. Our first task is to get new head shots then sign up to Spotlight. Headshots are hard. You don't want to pose you want to be yourself, but you don't want to look bored and you don't want to look like you're trying too hard. My new headshot is above. What you think? Not all my photos have been touched up yet but im happy with the result, I look like something is going on at least. And  mainly because the chap who took mine was so fairly priced and used to be a Central student so was really easy to get along with. I can't reccommend him highly enough. Check him out:
Jordan Lee

Heres one more which I really like the look of. Its my face! What do we think? Who would you cast me as?