17/07/2019 - 26/07/2019    
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International Conference Athens 17-26 July 2019

Hosted by Michael Cacoyannis Foundation

The Makings of the Actor

Towards Contemporary Acting Techniques, Practices & Methodologies


Post-doctoral Researcher Dr Kiki Selioni RCSSD, Labanarium and MCF have taken the initiative to organize a Conference in Athens. The conference The Makings of the Actor aims to offer a platform to dialogue about the skills and knowledge necessary to develop the contemporary actor.  The Conference will be the pilot event towards the establishment of the International Centre for Actor Training that will officially open next year 2020 in Athens supported by several worldwide institutions.  Its mission is to gather international practitioners and researchers to discuss the needs of contemporary performance practice through Conferences, performances and workshops taking place internationally.

 Keynote speakers/invited contributors:

 Pr. Sergei Tcerkasckki  Head of an Acting Studio in Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (he will also deliver an intensive week Workshop about Stanislavsky’s system) 100 years of the Stanislavsky System and Modern Actor Training

Pr. Andy Lavender in Theatre & Performance at the University of Warwick.  Head of the School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick.

Dr. Tom Cornford, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Sulian Vieira Pacheco, Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts, University of Brasilia

Avra Sidiropoulou Assistant Professor at the Μ.Α. program in Theatre Studies at the Open University of Cyprus

Pr. Nikos Geladas School of Physical Education and Sport Science   National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dr. Katia Savrami  Assistant Professor of Choreology at the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Patras, Greece

Pr. Rob Roznowski  Head of Acting and Directing in the Department of Theatre. Professor Michigan State University, USA.

 Keynote Workshop:

Modern Stanislavsky System in the Mirror of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and the film Stanislavsky and Yoga, Sergei Tcherkasski (Head of Actor Studio at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy) will be released at the opening day of the Conference 17th July.

 Call for Papers, Teaching Demonstrations and Performances

We welcome submissions from acting/voice/movement teachers, actors coaches, theatre practitioners, actors, directors, training practitioners, theatre  researchers, practice and academic researchers within varying aspects of practice.

For papers please send your abstract of 200 words for your oral presentation (20 min) in a Word doc form, including title, institutional affiliation, your brief CV and email address. The paper presentations will be 20 min they are followed by a 10 min discussion with the audience/participants.

Submissions of teaching demonstration must be in English and can be up to 4 pages (including references and figures) in a Word doc form, including title, institutional affiliation, your brief CV and email address. The first 2 pages are expected to describe your system. The third and fourth pages are expected to be used for images, references, and technical requirements. You should expect wireless network access. A number of  8-10 students will be provided for all accepted demonstrations.

The Demonstration allows practitioners/researchers to demonstrate their works in teaching in a dedicated session of 60-70 min. they are followed by a 20 min discussion with the audience/participants.

Performances will take place in Michael Cacoyannis theatre place. Proposals must outline the planned work accurately in 2 pages and must include title, brief Cv, technical requirements,  images and video. Performances running must be 20-90 min. they are followed by a 20 min discussion with the audience/participants.

Please send your submission by 25th April 2019 to: kiki.selioni@cssd.ac.uk

If an official invitation is required earlier for research  funding purposes, please contact kiki.selioni@cssd.ac.uk  and ensure that you submit your abstract as early as possible.

Submissions based on an implemented and tested system that innovative approaches related to conference’s areas of interest, (including but not limited to):

Acting techniques/systems/methodologies

Voice speaking training

Dance and movement training for actors

Martial arts, stage combat

Acting coaching on screen

Actor and musical productions

Improvisation techniques and rehearsal process

Theory and/or Practice

Performance as Training

Psychology of the Actor

Presence and Truth on Stage

Ecstatic and Ritual Acting

Metaphysics and Physics in Actor’s presence

Acting in Education

Actors in Industry and their continuous training

Amateur/Professional Actors skills.

Skills and dexterities in Acting

Acting/Coaching Teachers and their skills.

Choreography in Acting

For full programme details and conference fees please go to https://tinyurl.com/yxmbp8ey


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