Bad Acting for Performers

Bad Acting for Performers 

with david berstein

Bad Acting for Performers is a workshop in developing what I call "Showmanship." Showmanship is a dynamic and inherently dramatic relationship with the task of performing itself. In cultivating Showmanship, we have to get in touch with the desires we have as performers, the expectations the audience has of us, and how we navigate between the two. 

We will approach performing as an act of direct engagement with our audience, and explore how the audience's expectations of us - demanding that we be "entertaining" or "interesting" - affect how we engage with them. Using techniques of postmodern theatre and the aesthetics of queer performance, we will get in touch with how these demands feel, how one can fulfill them using the power of our own activated personality, and how we can choose to pull against those demands for thrilling effect. 

I am interested in all the ways one can break expectations in order to indirectly fulfill them. We'll abandon the false constraints of "polite naturalism" and tap into the gleeful excess of the drag queen. We'll ditch dramatic text and play with found poems and pop songs. And we'll fall down the rabbit hole of our own inner anarchist to ride the wave of "doing things wrong," an impossible task that to me is a shortcut to true spontaneity. 

The workshop is designed to teach performers how to charge every moment onstage with dramatic energy, regardless of what they perform. It will hopefully reveal something about how they've instinctively worked in the past, and free them to take more risks, and find more joy, in the future. 

et kursus udbudt i samarbejde med Niels Erling, Teaterhögskolan, Malmö

About David Bernstein
27. - 28. januar 2018
Lørdag kl. 10.00-17.00 Søndag kl. 10.00-16.00
For skuespillere, dansere, performere
Antal deltagere
Pris i DKK
900,- DKK
26. januar 2018
DDSKS København
Per Knutzons Vej 5
1437 København K
Ekstra oplysninger
Undervisningslokale P3. Indgang Dannekjold-Samsøes allé
Engelsk, men deltagerne er velkomne til at arbejde med tekster etc. på dansk
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