Chekhov’s Technique in Actor-Movement and Dance

Mitchell, Roanna (2018) Chekhov’s Technique in Actor-Movement and Dance. In: Fleming, Cass and Cornford, Tom, eds. Michael Chekhov Technique in the Twenty-first Century: New Pathways. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the ways in which Michael Chekhov’s technique is currently used in actor-movement, dance, and the crossover between them, both in terms of training and making. The chapter refers and responds to the archives of Chekhov’s work at Dartington, as well as extending to include current experiments with the technique. Examples of the latter are drawn from practitioner interviews, my own practice as a movement pedagogue and performance-maker, as well as discussions at the New Pathways praxis symposium session in 2016 on Chekhov’s Technique in Actor-Movement and Dance. The notion of crossover, of blends and bridges, forms a key theme in this discussion, as there is no ‘pure’ application of Chekhov’s technique in actor-movement and dance. I therefore take a selectively genealogical approach, to help us understand the web of overlaps and influences in contemporary practice. Such genealogy enables a non-linear dialogue between past, present, and future projections, and thus constitutes a form of feminist historiography: It acknowledges that the emergence of physical practices — both in Chekhov’s time and now — can rarely be ascribed to one ‘original’ source, but rather ‘occurs in the interstices’ of collaboration, cross-fertilization and silent transfer of embodied knowledge (Foucault, 1977: 150).

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Michael Chekhov; Actor-Movement; Dance; Acting; Pedagogy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Roanna Mitchell
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2018 09:33 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:19 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70121 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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