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Meisner Technique workshop
with Nita Arpiainen
June 3 - 4, 2024
Photo Keke Leppälä
How would it feel to have the permission to be fully humane and wholesome? To feel free and embodied in your own skin? How would it feel to be fully seen and heard as your true self without masks? How would it feel to not fear confrontation or vulnerable connection with another?
This two day workshop helps you to access and express your truthful feelings based on your partners behaviour, through exploration of the famous 'Repetition Exercise'. The workshop suits beginners and all levels of Meisner students, as well as anyone wanting to learn to connect better with their authentic self, their truthful emotional impulses and others.
Monday 16:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 16:00 - 21:00
About The Event
Ever since early childhood and throughout our lives we've learnt to close ourselves from our natural impulses, senses and emotions. This workshop helps you to dive back into your true self, especially into your emotional life and its empowering spectrum, through Meisner technique alongside with other warm-ups and exercises. In a variety of group and partner exercises we will re-learn to express ourselves with freedom and flow, to listen to another and to be present.
The capacity for emotional intelligence and presence is a highly valued skill in todays world, not only in acting platforms but in any types of relationships and interactions, whether in business or personal.
TO WHOM THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR?
For actors and non-actors. Anyone wanting to understand their emotional life and the authentic human connections deeper. Also great for actors, directors, writers and artists. For anyone wanting to learn about the Meisner Technique or learn about the basics of truthful acting.
WHAT DO YOU GET
Through this workshop you will:
• learn to express and be yourself more freely and bravely
• create more freedom to be present and live in the moment
• strengthen your self-awareness, -confidence and connection to your intuition
• strengthen your capacity to really listen and connect with another
• deepen your emotional expression and understanding
• develop your communication and relationship skills
• find healthy and organic ways to let go of fear and feel more relaxed and confident in any types of performances
• enhance your capacity to drop down masks and live in your authenticity
• strengthen your sensitivity and awareness of the other person's emotional life and expression
• get many useful tools to finding authentic emotional expression to any performing platform
• as a director get highly applicable tools and approches on how to gently help actors connect to their truthful emotional life
• Price: 215€ incl. VAT 24%
• Time: 3. - 4.6.2023 / Monday & Tuesday 16:00 - 21:00
• Location: Actors Academy Studio Pursimiehenkatu 26H, Helsinki
• Place is limited and will be filled on 'first-come first-serve basis'.
• The booking for all events and workshops is binding. You can cancel 30 days prior the event and receive a 50% return of your payment or you can pass on your spot to another person without an extra fee.
• Teaching language is English (Please keep in mind that you do not need to have perfect English skills, and you do not need to worry about accent and pronunciation).
• No previous experience needed, the course is open to anyone.
• All rights to changes reserved.
• You can find the event on Facebook in this link here.
ABOUT NITA ARPIAINEN
Nita Arpiainen is an acting coach, actor and a holistic coach and the founder of Actors Academy Finland. In her previous career she has also worked as a TV presenter and producer. Nita's deep passion and curiosity for acting, learning and personal growth is the underlying motivation for AAF to come alive. The vision for AAF was formed while Nita attended numerous acting schools and workshops in London at the Actors Studio, Giles Forman Acting Studio, City Academy and the Actors Temple to name a few, ultimately falling profoundly in love with the Meisner Technique, and it making a powerful and lasting impact on the way she viewed not just acting, but life and relationships as well. Her first studies and the journey into the world of the wonderful and forever-inspiring world of Meisner Technique started in 2015, and she has been lucky to have worked and learned with many great international teachers along the years.
"I was shaken in the best way possible by Nita’s workshop. I learned so much about myself as a performer and it opened for me an entirely different way to approach the craft of acting. Even with a group of persons that I had never met before I felt safe, connected, and free to explore my capabilities as an actor. I would so recommend this workshop to anyone and everyone! Even if you are not an actor, it is a way to tap back into the humanness of the self. FIVE STARRRRZZZZ!"
"This two day Meisner technique workshop with Nita was way more eye opening- or I should say heart opening than what I had thought it would be. I only have a glimpse of the repetition method now but I already feel like I opened up as an actress - and more - also as a person. After the first day I wrote down things I realized about authentic acting through this method and after the second day I wrote about three pages about everything I learnt about my feelings and my relationships through this method. Now I want to do more Meisner to become a better actress. Thank you for the course Nita!"
"Thank you very much for the workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nita was a very patient, compassionate coach. The workshop was intensive and challenged everyone to be brave and open to the unknown depth and dynamics of our rich inner life. Nita made sure that we felt safe and supported in doing so. What I find most useful and important in the Meisner training is its focus on the other. By being utterly present with the other, I can be free to feel the emotions that arise from the circumstances, authentic feelings, not manufactured in my head. I think this sense of inner liberation in authentic human connection is something anyone can benefit from, not just actors. I can only wish that the course like this would be available more often and for longer periods."
"The best thing about the workshop was the warm and accepting atmosphere. Nita as a coach was supportive and clear. I'd give this workshop five out of five stars, and would also be interested in to participate other workshops."
"Thank you Nita for the course. It's wonderful how it just dropped on my path and was something that I had longed for and needed, even though I wasn't yet aware of that. These few nights woke something in me that I didn't know existed. Thank you, thanks for your authenticity and for all the wonderfulness these evenings were. I learned a lot.”
ABOUT MEISNER TECHNIQUE
The Meisner technique is an approach to acting which was developed by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to "get out of their head", such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment. To this end, some exercises for the Meisner technique are rooted in repetition so that the words are deemed insignificant compared to the underlying emotion. In the Meisner technique, there is a greater focus on the other actor as opposed to one's internal thoughts or feelings associated to the character.
Meisner Training is an interdependent series of training exercises that build on one another. The more complex work supports a command of dramatic text. Students work on a series of progressively complex exercises to develop an ability to first improvise, then to access an emotional life, and finally to bring the spontaneity of improvisation and the richness of personal response to textual work. The techniques developed the behavioral strand of Stanislavski's. The technique is used to develop improvisation skills as well as "interpreting a script, and creating the specific physical characteristics of each character the actor played”.
Sanford Meisner said that his approach to training “is based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart, as it were, and that there’s no mentality to it.”
Learn to live in the moment as an actor, and let go of any idea of result. Learn what it means to really “do” and to respond truthfully to a given moment based on what you get from your partner. Through improvisation, emotional truth and personal response learn to resonate authenticity within a given circumstance. Only in this way will you begin to understand the definition of real acting, which is “to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances”.
“If you want to reach every person in the audience, it's not about being bigger, it's about going deeper.”
- Sanford Meisner