MEISNER TECHNIQUE TO BEAT REPETITION CLASS LONDON
Transfer your Meisner Technique Repetition skills to BEAT
The Actors Door Studio runs a weekly drop in Repetition class providing actors with the opportunity to continue exercising their POV Repetition skills.
The classes are open to both ADS and non-ADS students.
Non-ADS actors have the chance to bring existing Meisner Technique repetition skills to the BEAT classroom.
Meisner Technique actors are advised to read about Beck Emotional Access Technique to orient themselves with our approach. We suggest reading and watching videos in this recent article from Fay Beck on the Repetition Exercise in BEAT.
Differences between Meisner Technique Repetition and Repetition in BEAT:
Beck Emotional Access Technique is a practical method to access character through emotion and action (behaviour). While BEAT is derived from the method created by Sanford Meisner, it is distinct from the technique advanced by the great teacher.
At the basis of the BEAT technique are recent neuroscientific, psychological and psychoanalytic theories regarding instinctive emotion, how emotion develops, and how it comes to define our character and consciousness.
A core idea in BEAT is that if we as actors aim to embody other characters truthfully, we would need to adopt the character’s emotional framework. The Repetition exercise in BEAT is one exercise we use to help us do this.
If one of the aims of the Repetition Exercise within Meisner is to help actors reach their ‘instinctive self’, in BEAT the aim is ‘mindful control over instinct’, or as it is referred to in our technique, ‘mindful instinctiveness’. BEAT aims to create an actor that is as emotionally free as any instinctive actor in touch with their instinctive emotional instrument but who is also at the same time, in such control of their instrument that they are able to deliver precise, specific and highly nuanced character work.
BEAT Repetition classes are emotionally intense, placing a great demand on actors to be willing to disengage from what they feel in the moment, placing instead more and more attention, on the feelings of the person they are working with.
These classes are not intended as an introduction to BEAT. Rather they are an opportunity for you to bring skills you already possess and to re-orient them within the BEAT approach.
The classes are currently open to ADS students AND NON-ADS students.
If you are a non-ADS actor, you must be experienced in Meisner Technique to join these classes. Having taking part in introductory Meisner Technique workshops or attended a few classes would not be considered having adequate Meisner experience to attend the Meisner to BEAT Repetition Classes.
If you are an existing ADS student currently in Acting Technique I or II, this class is an opportunity for you to exercise your rep skills and to develop further, under the guidance of our experienced tutors.
PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 3 students is required for these classes to run, so if the minimum number is not achieved in time, the class will be cancelled.
REPETITION CLASS: LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Strengthen your repetition communication skills.
- Break down defence mechanisms currently blocking your emotional instrument.
- Get in touch with your emotional instrument.
- Connect with the other actor on stage.
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Take the attention off your self.