Imaginary Classes with Ragnar

FREE ONLINE CLASSES for everyone wanting to learn more about Michael Chekhov’s Method. “In these classes, I am sharing with you my own understanding of what Michael Chekhov is speaking about. It is my hope that interacting with the sessions can be helpful to you and that you will develop your own way of working with the underlying principles. If in your own work & practice you are encountering particular challenges, feel free to reach out with your questions – they might inspire an imaginary class in the future.”   (Ragnar Freidank)

An Imaginary Sample Class


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Collection of Classes:
Overview“Imaginary Classes”
There You Are“Technique & Inspiration”
The Intangibles“Living Processes”
There’s Someone at the Door“Imaginary Interference”
What a Mess!“Life is always there”
Marginalized Voices “Speak about me!”
Battle of Images “Imaginary Conflict”
I feel too much, give me a pill“Sensation”
I don’t like it – I love it! – “Expanding / Contracting”
Who ate the last cookie? “Ideal Center”
Is there something strange going on? – “Atmosphere”
Are you following me? – “Archetypes”
Interlude – “Actor & Audience”
My friends hated it – “Radiating & Receiving”
Ever talking to yourself? – “Character”
Why are you looking at me like this? “Psychological Gesture”
Going Places “Imaginary Centers”
The Other Olympics  “Qualities of Movement”
Watch Me Act! – “Imaginary Body”
Who’s talking when nobody is talking? – “The Pause”

+ Most recently added
You are never alone – “Tempo”

Showing up (Radiating / Presence)

Cameraman Martin D. Anderson about his experience filming the classes:

“They’re fantastic and so insightful! They really acknowledge the fact that there is a powerful energy that enters into a performance that’s different from what happens during a rehearsal.”
-Amanda Gates-Elston-

“This video series is a wonderful expression of Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting. It’s alive, protean, at times hilarious and ultimately illuminating. I’m very proud of it. For those of you who’ve been in class with Ragnar, I think you’ll feel like you’re back in the room, at least in your, ahem, imagination…”
-Martin D. Anderson-

“Every single time I look at it I can not help but think that by this video somehow you are portraying the future. The sense of what future consciousness would taste like can be felt.”
-Hyung Seok Jeon-

Belief in self
Belief in the current that surrounds us
Thru which our gifts might speak
That we may give them room to speak, to be, to inform us, warm us, and
-Deborah Keller-

Additional Audio Exercises

As a companion to the Imaginary Classes you can download audio-exercises for a nominal fee. The exercise files are for actors who want to practice on their own, while being led through aspects of the Michael Chekhov Technique.