British Theatre Director Mike Alfreds (National Theatre)
Mike Alfreds is offering a masterclass of seven 2-hour sessions on Laban Efforts. He will work on the eight archetypes (Floating, Gliding, Dabbing, Flicking, Slashing, Wringing, Pressing, Thrusting), exploring the way in which body, voice, feeling and thought are integrated so that actors can function fully and equally in all aspects of their expressiveness. Laban increases the actor’s ability to break pattern, develop flexibility and provides an invaluable approach to characterisation.
The structure of the course will be, more or less, as follows:
Day 1: The elements of weight, space and time: the building blocks of the Efforts
Day 2: Floating/Thrusting
Day 3: Dabbing/Wringing
Day 4: Flicking/Pressing
Day 5: Gliding/Slashing
Day 6: Recapitulation of the Efforts and Characterisation
Day 7: Applying Laban to a Text
This structure is sufficiently flexible, so that the sequence or focus of a session can vary, depending on the interest and experience of the group. The subjects of some sessions may well over-lap. The work is designed to accommodate those taking part!
Preparation: Although we will explore the Efforts seated for some of the time, please make your space as available as is practical to move in and wear comfortable clothing so that your movement is clearly visible. Also, if you can, be able to angle your lap-top or device so that your whole body can be seen wherever you are e.g. on the floor!
Mike Alfreds: In the UK he was the Founder and Artistic Director of Shared Experience which he ran for thirteen years, He was Artistic Director of Cambridge Theatre Company, later renamed Method & Madness for ten years, and has directed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal National Theatre where he was an associate director, as well as for several regional repertory theatres. He has staged over two hundred productions, some of which have won awards both abroad and in the UK. He has adapted novels and stories for the stage, devised performances and translated the texts of several of his productions.