Method acting coach Sam Rumbelow teachs this two-day class in consultation with Gillian Wearing.
Day one takes a practical look at Konstantin Stanislavsky's concept of the 'creative state of being', using physical exercises and approaches developed by American Method actor Lee Strasberg to facilitate relaxation and your own creative state of being.
Although these tools were devised for actors they are relevant to any artist seeking to find their inner creative voice.
Day two focuses on applying what you have learnt from day one in order to discover and investigate happiness. The two sessions deally give you tools you can utilise in your art, as well as happiness resulting from self examination.
Course members are not expected to act, but this participatory course involves the exercises mentioned above.
Approximate duration of each session - three hours.
Gillian Wearing (b. 1963, Birmingham, UK)
Gillian Wearing's photographic works, videos and films explore the disparities between people's public personae and their private selves. She is interested in the fears, fantasies and secrets of ordinary men and women and how we, as onlookers, identify with them. Describing her approach as 'editing life', she has said: 'A great deal of my work is about questioning handed-down truths ... I'm always trying to find ways of discovering new things about people, and in the process discover more about myself.' Her early documentary works, such as the series of photographs in which anonymous Londoners display signs revealing their inner thoughts, and the candid video confessions of masked volunteers, led on to works in which she used actors. In 2010 she produced Self-Made, her first feature-length film. Facilitated by Method acting coach Sam Rumbelow, it features non-actors who 'play themselves' in roles of their own choice. 'Are these people typical of us?' Wearing asks. 'Are we all playing a role?' Earlier this year, a comprehensive survey of Wearing's work was shown at the Whitechapel Gallery.
Sam Rumbelow is a professional coach who specialises in Method acting, an approach to stagecraft pioneered by the Russian acting teacher Konstantin Stanislavsky (1863 - 1938). As Rumbelow explains, Method is often misunderstood - 'There is no such thing as Method acting because it's not a style, it's a body of teaching and techniques and approach.' He goes on to define Method as 'an approach to creativity that is rooted in the notion of exploring inner truth - a means to get beyond performance.'