Silence | “Presence”
NYC-Workshop with Ragnar, January 2019
“There are two kinds of pauses – the pause which comes before something happens and the pause which comes afterward. There is never a pause which means nothing.” (Michael Chekhov, 1936)
Saturday January 5, 2019
12:00pm – 4:00pm (studio opens at 11:45am)
@ LUCID BODY HOUSE
230 Lexington Ave
Between 33rd & 34th St.
Subway: 6 Line. 10 min walk from: B, D ,F, M, N, Q, R, W, S,
4, 5, 7 & Metro North. 15 min walk from: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, LIRR
“People have entrusted themselves to you … and you have to give them a respect that derives from confidence in what you are doing. At the end of an evening, you may have encouraged what is crude, violent or destructive in them. Or … an audience can be touched, entranced or – best of all – moved to a silence that vibrates round the theatre”. (Peter Brook)
Please bring a text that
* you genuinely like; it can be:
* a monologue, a poem, or a story,
* between 1-2 minutes in duration.
The tuition is $80 (this includes a free audio download of an exercise* after the workshop). Upon acceptance into the workshop, a $30 deposit is required to hold your space. The remaining amount ($50) is due on the day of the workshop. (*If you are unable to make the workshop, but wish to receive the audio-exercise only, please inquire.)
RAGNAR FREIDANK has been on faculty at The New School’s Acting Program in NYC for the past 10 years. He is one of the featured teachers and co-director of the acclaimed DVD series Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, produced by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). He directed the award-winning narrative film Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, starring Joanna Merlin, executive producer Bob Balaban. You can read more on our faculty page.
How to Apply
To apply, please send us a short message and Ragnar will contact you. Class size is limited.
Ragnar is an artist, both as a teacher and as a director. He is on an impassioned and relentless search to discover ways of connecting the actor with his own resources.
(JOANNA MERLIN, Broadway, film, TV actress; author of ‘Auditioning, An Actor Friendly Guide’)
Being in a rehearsal hall or studio with Ragnar is a constant source of clarity and inspiration; it is a keenly observed exploration into the heart of the matter, or certainly somewhere in that vicinity. (BRENT CARVER, actor, Tony Award for ‘Kiss of the Spiderwoman’)
Ragnar is an incredibly generous, curious, and imaginative teacher, who knows how to help illuminate character and motivation and help you move forward as an actor.
(DIANE DAVIS, Broadway and television actress)
Through Ragnar, I found a freedom in my work that I didn’t know was possible. He has completely changed the way I see the craft and who I am in it, and I am the richer for it.
(MIKAELA MARTIN, actress, Australia)
Ragnar’s work, based on the brilliant explorations of Michael Chekhov, is very much his own. He is an excellent listener and willing collaborator and I cannot speak too highly of the man and the teacher.
(MICHAEL HOWARD, actor, director, acting teacher, founder of the ‘Michael Howard Studios’, NYC)
For additional information feel free to contact us.
Audio Exercise on Imagination | Sustaining [excerpt]
Title Image: Mike Bianco – Photography by Martin D. Anderson