Maria Stamenković Herranz

Workshop I samarbete med Dansalliansen. 18-22 mars. 12.00-17.00 including breaks.

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Diploma in Dance from Brunel University, Marie Rambert School of Contemporary and Ballet and Contemporary Dance (London) and later graduated from Maggie Flanigan Conservatory of Acting in Meisner Technique (New York). She studied Shakespeare with the famous voice teacher Patsy Rodenburg and took intensive seminars with Willem Dafoe, Thomas Ostermeier and the contemporary American members and dramaturges of the Labyrinth Theater Company in New York.
After her studies she works as a dancer, performer and actress with Sol Picó (National Theater of Catalonia ..) Jan Fabre (Cour d’honneur du Palais des Papes in Avignon, Saitama Theater Japan, Montclair in NY, De Single ..), Alex Rigola (Abadía Theater ..), Marina Abramovic (MoMa The Artist is Present) Sanja Mitrovic (Theater des Amandiers Nanterre, KVS ..),
Stephanie Tiersch (Teatre Lliure ..), Karen Kohlhass (Atlantic Theater Company of David Mamet) and frequently collaborated with the members of the Labyrinth Theater Company whose artistic director was Philip Seymour Hoffman (Bank Street and Cherry Lane Theater), Deborah Kampmeier (Split, Sarasota Film Festival Florida) among others. She taught classes and workshops at the Institut del Teatre, Rey Juan Carlos University, Woostergroup Theater, Root Collective, NYU New York, Kookmin & Sungkyunkwan University South Korea, Aristotle University and etc. Her work as director and creator were presented at the Monty Theater, Festival Radicals BCN, Teatro Montemor-o-Novo, Nadine Studio Brussels, Danshus in Malmo, Medea at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Troubleyn Theater Antwerp, Cochrane Theater London among other places .


LAB intensive: Presence and the physicality of text.

Description of the work:
The objective of this workshop is to consciously understand as performer or creator the idea of what it is to be ‘present’ in a physical, creative, non-verbal and / or textual level. Through active work, I approach the dialogue about the responsibilities of a performer or creator: how we prepare ourselves, attack an idea or text and ways to access and give the best of ourselves.
“Where is the root from which the work begins?”
– Physical warm up
– Voice work
– Exercises of presence from a vocal & physical approach
– Basics of Meisner technique
– Writing exercises to reach the personal voice
– Approach to inner emotional life
– Responsibility of the work

I start with a body warm-up, going through various physical and energetic exercises from elements of contemporary dance and / or acting physical exercises, leading into voice work leaning on the teachings of Patsy Rodenburg (Royal Shakespeare Company, Voice Director at the Guildhall School), looking to find expressions of the vocal instrument and allowing it to reach a state of ‘presence’. Performative exercises are then used to encourage this presence but without text, thus preparing and refining the body of the performer.

Once the body is ready, I use Meisner technique (Actors Studio) to understand the vulnerability of the performers, their emotional states and impulses. From there, we will approach the work of integrating and personalizing text and subtext by using American acting techniques of psychological realism.

With these processes, I seek to challenge the performer, taking them from their comfort zones to allow new interpretative opportunities that strengthen their skills. Creating new possibilities by embracing failure, insecurity or unknown fields of working. I work with embracing the process and not the result, as a form of creative progress. This focus is in direct preparation for better facing the contemporary requirements of directors in the European scene.
I teach using our imagination through collective and collaborative proposals, allowing us to write and create from our own voice and taking advantage of everything living within us as the primary source from which the work begins.
I welcome actors who want to touch up on the basics of acting work, dancers who feel the desire to strengthen textual work, and performers who want to experience realism as another possible tool to inspire their work.

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