TRAINING INTENSIVES

The Marshall is excited to launch a series of day long ensemble and performance art intensives in collaboration with visual and performance artist, Valerie Sharp. These Saturday intensives will introduce artists to a new way of working and will focus on the Viewpoints, the Suzuki method of actor training, Performance Art, and Fluxus. The classes are beginner level and will be led by Artistic Director, Daniel Leeman Smith, and Valerie Sharp. Intensives are one day immersive trainings that last from 9am to 5pm with a lunch break in the middle. THE COST HAS BEEN LOWERED TO $15. MAKE SURE TO USE THE DISCOUNT CODE OKCSUZUKI TO CASH IN ON IT.  Click the link below to register.  

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, March 26th 9am-5pm

Saturday, April 16th 9am-5pm

Saturday, April 23rd 9am-5pm

Saturday, May 28th 9am-5pm

ABOUT THE TRAINING

The Marshall Experimental Company utilizes the ensemble practices of the Suzuki actor training and the Viewpoints. These disciplines provide an alternative and explorative approach to the work that is rigorous, profound, and joyous...though it may not always look that way. They also ensure that as artists we have a practice. We share this practice through our performances and through workshops offered to the community at large. 

“The Suzuki Method and Viewpoints as taught by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company are two of the most essential components of my creative toolkit. They afford the artist control in order to make conscious, deliberate choices; they encourage flexibility and freedom in the exploration of one’s instincts; they demand presence and moment-to-moment living in space; and they promote a range of versatility beyond the constraints of one’s habitual nature. Essentially, they continually awaken the fact that my mind, body, and spirit are tools for expression, with as many possibilities as are present in the human experience. Not a bad tool, I think.” —Adrian Rieder, theatre artist/playwright

VIEWPOINTS

A technique of improvisation that grew out of the postmodern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant issues performers deal with—time and space—into six categories. She called her approach the Six Viewpoints. SITI’s Anne Bogart and company members have expanded Overlie’s notions and adapted them for actors. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.

SUZUKI METHOD

Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s principal concern is with restoring the wholeness of the human body to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor’s innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese and Greek theater, and martial arts, the training seeks to heighten the actor’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor’s breath control and concentration.

PERFORMANCE ART

This class will introduce participants to the world of performance art and its movers and shakers. It will primarily focus on the work of artist Marina Abramovic with an emphasis on concentration and endurance. Performance art is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. The performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. 

"Performance is the moment when the performer, with his own idea, steps in his own mental and physical construction in front of the audience in a particular time. Performance is real...the blood and the knife and the body of the performer are real." - Marina Abramovic

"A piece of performance art must be centered on an action carried out or orchestrated by an artist, a time-based rather than permanent artistic gesture that has a beginning and an end." - Marina Abramovic

FLUXUS 

Fluxus is an attitude. It is not a movement or style. Fluxus creators like to see what happens when different media intersect. They use found and everyday objects, sounds, images, and texts to create combinations of objects, sounds, images, and texts. Fluxus works are simple. The art is small, the texts are shot, and the performances are brief. Fluxus is fun. Humor has always been an important element in Fluxus.