ALRA (the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and MCIA (the Michael Chekhov International Academy) have joined forces to offer a unique six-weeks of intensive learning spread over the course of a year, to explore creative performance practice through the Michael Chekhov Technique.
About the Course
Facilitated by two internationally renowned institutions; ALRA (Wigan, Greater Manchester UK) and MCIA (Berlin, Germany), this course is designed to develop the actor’s craft using the specific working practices of Michael Chekhov.
The aim is to provide a space for artists from any creative background to engage in the profound imaginative methods of the MCT as a tool to develop their understanding of the power of imagination and psycho-physical techniques. Artists will examine the field of imagination through the key concepts of the MCT, led by internationally renowned tutors.
This training is delivered in Berlin, Germany, and ALRA North in Wigan, Greater Manchester, offering artists the opportunity to explore the MCT in highly contrasting environments. The hope is that these diverse locations and the contact to different people will stimulate creative activity and form a catalyst for the cohort to re-perceive their artistic being.
Joerg Andrees is founder of the Michael Chekhov International Academy (MCIA) where he leads an Intensive Training Programme that results in a Michael Chekhov Technique Teacher Certification. Stage and film director, performer and tutor, Joerg initially trained in his native Germany as a film director and proceeded to train in the Michael Chekhov Technique in New York. In 1992 Joerg and a colleague established the first International Michael Chekhov Conference (IMCC) in Berlin and then followed with the 4th IMCC in 1995. Joerg was the co-founder and tutor at the Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin. He also teaches at the Alfred Schnittke Akademie, Hamburg, and is a member of the faculty of MICHA, New York and Michael Chekhov Europe (MCE). Joerg’s work has frequently taken him to Ireland to the Michael Chekhov Studio Dublin and to the Gormanston Drama Summer School (Stageworks).
Sarah Purcell trained at the Michael Chekhov Studio London and qualified as a teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. She trained with tutors such as Joerg Andrees, Graham Dixon, Sarah Kane, Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan and Lenard Petit. She is currently teaching at the Michael Chekhov International Academy, Berlin and is looking forward to working with both the Northern Centre for Voice and Movement and ALRA.
On completion of the course, artists will have a thorough understanding of the core principles of the MCT and how this process can enhance their creative practice. ALRA and MCIA will issue certificates of attendance and graduates will be offered a conditional place on any of the Masters courses offered by ALRA including the new MA Creative Performance Practice launching in 2020 (subject to validation). Please see alra.co.uk for full requirements of the current MA courses.
Throughout the six weeks (six separate modules over the course of an academic year), participants will engage in practical performance training as well as developing a personal project that grows throughout each phase of the course. Deep reflection will be encouraged throughout, facilitated through arts-based methodologies.
The structure of the course allows a generous creative gap in between the intense creative activity that will be held in each of the modules. Loose titles for each of the weeks are suggested below but the content of the experience will always return to the principles of MCT and how the artists re-experience themselves as actors, dancers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, textile makers and craftspeople through this ideology.
21st to 25th October 2019 | Berlin
Movement, Body, Space, Imagination, Archetypal Phenomena
2nd to 6th December 2019 | ALRA North
Creative Space and Personality
Objective and Personal Atmospheres
6th to 10th Jan 2020 | Berlin
and Imaginary Centres
30th March to 3rd April 2020 | ALRA North
Inner Life of Creativity:
Movement and Imagination, Inner Movement, Psychological Gesture
25th to 29th May 2020 | Berlin
New Impulses for Transformation:
Improvisation vs. Routine
Foundations of Improvisation
20th to 24th July 2020 | ALRA North
Embracing the Whole:
Trusting the Process
(Please note that this is not inclusive of travel, food or accommodation but does cover all six weeks of the programme. Modules cannot be taken as separate courses.)
- A completed application form including a 500-word statement about your creative practice and why this course would be of interest to you (download the form here)
- A CV/resume of previous training and experience
- A headshot (maximum 2MB)
Following this application, an in-person interview will be arranged in London, Wigan or Berlin. The course will confirm your place by 1st July 2019 so that you can book travel and accommodation in advance (this is not included in the course fee).