Intimacy For Stage and Screen workshops and the assistance of an Intimacy Director/Choreographer creates better storytelling, and is an important step forwards in supporting actors’ safety and rights.
Intimacy for Stage and Screen is a specific approach to scenes of intimacy. This is not just kissing or sex scenes. The principles can include the intimacy between parents and children, between dear friends, and can also apply to scenes of sexual violence. Intimacy For Stage and Screen is being enthusiastically received as a practice which empowers actors to respect their own boundaries while improving the quality and clarity of scenes of intimacy.
Learn specific techniques for accessing vulnerability in a dramatic context, resulting in powerful chemistry between characters without compromising personal boundaries. Focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography, and on acting exercises to keep partners connected physically and emotionally. We’ll also discuss Best Practices, and guidelines on how to approach scenework, consent, boundaries, your rights (including union rules), and psychological safety. Performing and nonperforming participants are invited to take part, as this work will be applicable to all areas of theatre and film work.
We look at specific scenes to practice the principles learned on Day One, including basic blocking/choreography. Actors will be lead through solo warm-up exercises specific to this work, and guided through a rehearsal process. This will be a day focused on performing participants. Others may be able to attend and observe, depending on the discretion of the performers and instructors.
We further develop the work from Day Two, going deeper into character choices and psychological and physical relationships. Others may be able to attend and observe, depending on the discretion of the performers and instructors.
Includes a showing of the work from the previous days, for those performers who are interested. Nonperforming participants – directors, choreographers, stage managers, etc – are welcome to attend and take part in the discussion afterward.
Topics Included in the Workshop
- Instant Chemistry: simple acting exercises to facilitate mutual trust and to create chemistry with any scene partner
- The Pillars: guidelines for approaching scenes of Intimacy, including script work, communication of personal boundaries, consent, and other professional etiquette practices
- Your Instrument: psychological safety, physical work and emotional preparation for more effective scenes of intimacy
- The Workplace: Best practices and recommended working conditions, including union rules regarding intimacy and nudity.
How Intimate Will the Physicality be?
Touching (handshakes, handholding, hugging) through guided contact improvisation is part of the course. Kissing is not required. While the goal is to explore emotional and physical intimacy, the core concept of this work is Safety, and the facilitation of safe exploration. All touching is consensual, and participants are always invited to sit out and watch, should they feel uncomfortable or triggered. Intimacy For Stage and Screen has been enthusiastically received as a practice which empowers actors to respect their own boundaries, while improving the quality and clarity of scenes of intimacy.
Language: The workshop will be in both English and Norwegian.
Attendancy: All participants have to attend all four days.
Accomodation: Contact email@example.com for the possibility of a hotel discount.
Members of Proscen, Norsk Filmforbund and Norsk Skuespillerforbund benefit of a discounted price.
The workshop is a collaboration between Proscen – produsentenhet for scenekunst, Vestnorsk Filmsenter, Cornerteateret and Norsk Skuespillersenter.
Siobhan Richardson is an Intimacy Director, and co-founder of Intimacy Directors International (IDI), and one of 5 Intimacy Directors currently recognized by IDI. Siobhan is quickly building an impressive resume in this feld, including several directing and teaching credits across Canada and the USA, with inquiries from across Europe. Siobhan is also an actor and fight director. www.SiobhanRichardson.com
Photo credit Siobhan headshot: Dahlia Katz photography
Jeff Pedersen is a Norway-based director, with experience in film, theatre, television and motion capture. He has his own production company, Heff Pedersen Produksjonar, and has worked with, amongst others, Teater Vestland, Det Norske Teater, Opera Nordfjord and Bergen National Opera. He has taught at Bårdar Akademiet in Oslo and Arts Ed in London. www.jeffpedersen.no
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The workshop is mainly focused on actors and directors, but is also interesting to scriptwriters and others working within film and the scenic arts.
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