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Suzuki and Viewpoints - Six Week Workshop

  • Los Angeles Theater Center 514 S. Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90013 USA (map)

Beginning Thursday, April 12th, SITI Company member and head of UCLA Graduate Acting, J.Ed Araiza, will lead a weekly drop in class in the SUZUKI Method of Actor Training and the VIEWPOINTS (as articulated and practiced by the SITI Company and Anne Bogart).

Location: Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)
514 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm (3 hours)

Dates: Every Thursday beginning April 12th and ending on May 17th. Exact dates are as follows: April 12th, April 19th, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th and May 17th.

$25 per class - drop in
$80 four class pass ($20 per class) - paid in full and in advanced $120 six class pass ($20 per class) - paid in full and in advanced

Note: This will be a six week session (6 classes total) with a possible extension. Class size is limited and priority will be given to participants who can commit to at least 4 classes.

Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga ( , the Suzuki Method’s works to restore the wholeness of the human body to theatrical performance and to sharpen the actor’s innate expressive abilities and animal energy. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts, the training seeks to heighten the actor’s self-awareness of their physical power and emotional energy, allowing a deeper commitment to each moment on the stage. It is holistic approach to being in the actual moment with control and energy Primary attention is on the core, finding tension in the body and releasing it into expressive energy. This include a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s breath control, concentration, focus and the ability to concentrate on multiple tasks as once.

A technique of improvisation, the Viewpoints grew out of the postmodern dance world. The term Viewpoints was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie; who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with— Time and Space—into six categories. The SITI Company and Anne Bogart ( expanded Mary’s original 6 Viewpoints and adapted them for actors. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors, performers and artists to form vibrant ensembles that function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes staging more efficient as well as broadening the range of dynamic possibilities. It supports and encourages both individual impulses as well as the ensemble.

It is through the collision between the Suzuki training and Viewpoints, the symbiotic dialogue between two very distinct yet complementary approaches to acting training and the art of performance, that Acting and performance and staging will be explored and articulated.

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