The Uninvited | “Creative Imagination”
October 2018 with Ragnar, NYC
Michael Chekhov: “When in the evening we are alone in our room, with the light extinguished, what arises out of the darkness? Before our minds eye appear and disappear events of the day… but suddenly among them appear other unfamiliar to us…. They seem to develop and change with an impulse, an activity of their own… they come to us from their own world…” (TO THE ACTOR, 1942)
Sunday October 14th, 2018
12:00 – 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
As we are setting out to work on something, we might find ourselves faced with forces of distraction. Feelings, images and events might interfere with our plan to do good work. This can be a source of distress to us; and we might try to develop ways to get rid of them. What would happen if we admitted those distractive events into our work and let them communicate with us? The things they have to say might lead into what Michael Chekhov calls the world of creative imagination.
Please plan to bring a text that:
* is a dramatic monologue
* 1-2 minutes in duration
Or let yourself be distracted and bring:
* last minute something different
* 1-2 minutes in duration
The tuition is $80 (/ $50 for members of Ragnar’s Scene-Study Class). This includes a free audio-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 | Space [excerpt]
Title Image: Stephen Diaz & Wipavee Patoompong – Photography by Yuan-rong Liao Anderson