Movement II

Continuing the work of Movement I –  the Movement II progression helps the actor shift even further toward letting go of physical habits and soothing behaviors of self-consciousness.  Having a spontaneous experience of physical freedom is becoming more comfortable and the actor is clearer about what it means to be free of tension and released. Throughout the training in Movement II, the actor is constantly supported to bring all the mechanisms of Acting in closer proximity: the physical emotional and the imaginative. A focus on the actors’ sensual experience of the self, of others and the imaginary world assists the actor to experience more deeply and with greater behavioral freedom.  

There is a particular investigation of physical modalities that suggest a letting-go of physical control and a heightening of all the senses.  As an ensemble, the class explores imaginative states such as ‘Creating Drunk’ and ‘Creating Blind’ that help the actor deal with the imaginary world in a profoundly sensual way. Again, this is a tool for promoting clarity of contact and effortlessness in how the body processes experience into behavior. The vocabulary and technique of achieving this overall state of release that evolves into an ensemble project – allowing the actor for the first time to consider relationships, circumstances, and character. The actor is continually assisted to the releasing of tension and idiosyncratic habits so that less and less clutter stands between the actor and the imaginary world.

Over time, the actor changes the association with contact from something to be avoided to something to be embraced.  As a group, actors are brought to reflect on their discoveries and experiences and are assisted in articulating what is positive about their journey but also what is challenging.  As the semester progresses, the actor is introduced to the most basic vocabulary of alignment.


Nathan Flower, Kana Colla


Movement I


24 Classes

Class is twice a week for 2 hours
Winter Term: Class starts in late January and runs for 12 weeks

Spring Term: Class starts in May and runs for 12 weeks


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