Drop-in Classes

Virtual Drop-Ins on Wednesdays 
This Fall, SITI is offering Virtual Suzuki & Viewpoints Drop-In Classes. Drop-Ins will be taught by SITI Company Members and Associate Artists. Classes are offered only to artists who have previously trained with SITI Company. Drop-in will be taught for All-Levels, with an understanding that participating artists have some experience of the training. 

Programing for beginners in Suzuki and Viewpoints will be announced in mid september. 

Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Once we are full, we will close registration and start a waitlist. 
The Zoom link wil be released shortly before class to the email used for registration. 

 

Wednesdays

10am - 12pm EST

6pm - 8pm EST

Register Here 


PRICE
Alumni Price: $10
Non-Alumni Price – N/A

BIPOC Alumni
SITI is holding 5 spaces free of charge for BIPOC Alumni to join each Drop-In class. You can reserve one of these spaces by emailing jonathan@siti.org. After those spaces are full, artists will be offered a spot on a waitlist or in the following class. 

SITI offers these 5 spaces as a part of a larger effort to diversify our training room. We recognize that having BIPOC representation in each training makes the experience better for all artists and hope this offering will help us to build a safer room for our BIPOC alumni and collaborators. Individual artists’ “free-status” will not be disclosed to faculty or other artists.

 

Training Text

For all classes, please memorize the following text. Note the breaths are marked and should also be memorized.

Midway text
From The Inferno By Dante Alighieri- English Translation by Robert Pinsky
First Canto:

~*~ indicates a breath point

 

Midway on our life’s journey I found myself in dark woods

The right road lost. ~*~

To tell about those woods is hard, so tangled and rough

And savage, that thinking of it now I feel the old fear stirring; ~*~

Death is hardly more bitter.

 

A brief introduction to Suzuki and Viewpoints:

SUZUKI METHOD OF ACTOR TRAINING

Developed by internationally acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Method’s principle 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.

In addition to understanding the physical forms, the metaphysics of the training -issues that address the invisible world of the actor and cultivate courage, curiosity, and hope- are core values anchored at the heart of this training. The training seeks to draw an artist’s potential out, rather than put on a style or singular point of view. The skills it seeks to cultivate lie at the heart of any work an artist wishes to make in the world of performance.

VIEWPOINTS

The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the  post-modern 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, the Six Viewpoints. Since that time the SITI Company has continued to research and expand her original notions and adapted them for actors. Terminology is drawn as much from the visual art world as live performance. The language of the Viewpoints allows the individual artist a way to practice observing the present moment with increasing sensitivity, and to respond with greater range.  The Viewpoints also 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 for both the individual and ensemble.

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