The DAI Summer Intensive is a three-week immersion in the actor-training methodology of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. The training aims toward the creation of a dynamic theatre, in which the embodied actor plays with freedom, authenticity and visceral power within the vibrant and poetic space of the stage. This intensive and joyous engagement with the dynamics of movement is appropriate for all actors, dancers, directors, teachers, designers, and performers, with any level of prior stage experience.
THE 2021 INTENSIVE
Week 1: Awareness, Availability, Responsiveness
Physical presence, play, and the responsive body. Availability to the impulse, the partner, the physical world and the circumstance of the moment, through improvisation and ensemble movement studies.
Week 2: Dynamic Space
Whole body engagement with natural forms and forces via movement and gesture; foundations of the actor’s presence and resonance in the space of the stage. The stage as a mysterious and living realm, a poetic space.
Week 3: The Play of the Mask
From studies of the natural world–its forms, forces, rhythms – to the discovery of characters. The physical play of the mask in time and space, leading to characterization, dramatic action and ensemble devising.
Classes meet 5 days a week; there will be 5 hours of class time each day, plus rehearsals outside of class. Students will work each week in small ensembles on themes assigned for a Friday laboratory showing and faculty critique.