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Ed Woodall | Acting from the Ground Up series

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How to do a lesson:

  • Have a small stack of hand towels as a support or a small firm pillow to place under your head as needed.
  • Seated lessons will best be done in a firm chair that does not roll.
  • Go very slowly.
  • Pause the lesson as needed to give yourself time.
  • Move within your own comfortable range. 
  • Do NOT push or strain. You will get more benefits by doing less.
  • Try to let go of doing the movements the “right” way. 
  • Be curious and enjoy the changes.
  • Follow any healthcare restrictions you have been given.

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A Scan. (5 Lines and 3 Balls.)

Director Katie Mitchell takes to the floor to re-charge, which is the inspiration for this lesson. A simple scan lesson puts focus on moving forward by reminding you that sometimes it requires a step back, or even lying on the ground. Put aside pride and have the courage to move to the floor to recharge.

Reaching Up

Inspired by Acting Teacher Jacque Lecoq, this lesson is an analysis of movement while lying on the back and reaching up to the sky. The focus is not on what you’re doing, but how you’re doing it – a key lesson for actors.

From Sitting to Standing

“All the actor’s power comes from the ground.” -Declan Donnellan, The Actor and the Target. With the help of a chair, use the ground and your innate reflex to stand, rather than neck muscles. Challenge yourself to stay connected to the ground beneath you and stay in the moment.

Exploring your Four “Points”

Director Jerzy Grotowski, Towards a Poor Theatre – “An actor should be as comfortable entering the stage on his hands as on his feet.” This lesson is an exploration of life on your hands and feet. You’ll be introduced to the notion of standing as a restful position, returning you to a more “skeletal” standing.

Coming to Stand from the Floor

Theatre Director Peter Brook and Moshe Feldenkrais inspired this lesson with ingenuity. The key to the art of acting is to learn how to not push but to find many ways to deliver a line or create character. Feldenkrais exercises help create a more flexible actor’s body and serve as a metaphor for continued exploration of possibilities. This lesson begins on the floor with exploration by the hands and feet. With one smart move, participants will be able to propel themselves up to standing more quickly than they could have imagined. Ingenious!