MELODRAMA WORKOUTS IN LOS ANGELES

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For all levels. This is a theatrical workout to get you out of your head and into your body intended for physical theatre artists looking for a 'workout,' actors to improvement movement expression, and non-artists for sweat and fun. Melodrama is the most expressive of Western theatre forms, closest to the theatrical impulse, expressed in heightened gesture, high stakes, bold characters, the struggle of virtue and vice, to music. It puts Artaud's "athlete of the emotions" into practice. Focus on visceral awareness, breath, range of emotional expression, tension/relaxation, and basic emotional states: fear, rage, sadness/despair, hope/joy. Exercises from Delsarte, Grotowski, Boal and original ones.  You will be onstage more than off. You will sweat. Wear attire you can move in easily, hair off face and no dangling jewelry.

For upcoming Grand Guignoler hosted workshops see Grand Guignolers website.  Workshops are $20. Contact Debbie for coaching or custom workshops tailored to your group.

THE GRAND GUIGNOL INTENSIVE

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Best known for its horror plays and gruesome special effects, Le Théâtre du Grand Guignol shocked Parisian audiences from 1897-1962, where a resident doctor attended to fainting patrons. This form is the precursor to film noir, German Expressionism and the modern horror film. The Workshop explores this very physical and intensively psychological acting style that merged melodrama with the increasingly popular naturalism, history and special effects gore concluding with a final evening of horror (for workshops longer than one weekend).

  • historical background in lecture, printed materials and media
  • acting and scene work
  • special effects

UPCOMING: TBD

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Or contact Debbie to come to your school, theatre company or group to teach workshops, classes or offer coaching and guidance in Grand Guignol productions.