Vsevolod Meyerhold was a director in the early 1900s. He made a series of physical poses his actors could use while performing, this kind of movement was called Biomechanics. This change also called for a new kind of set design, one that would provide a lot of movement on and around the set.
It’s important for anyone considering undertaking the training to understand that Biomechanics is not a system of acting or a method to create a certain type of theatre. Instead, Biomechanics should be seen as a valuable part of an actor’s personal palette of technique, helping develop control of his or her body in an expressive and grounded way. As a part of his or her palette, Biomechanics is beneficial to an actor’s work regardless of the specific aesthetic of a given project. From Miller, to Beckett, to Lecoq clowning, anything and everything in an actor’s future can benefit in some way from this work. It has been said that training in Biomechanics is not unlike the honing of technique involved when a pianist practices musical scales or a ballet dancer puts in time at the ballet barre. One of Meyerhold’s favorite actors, Igor Ilyinsky, once said: “Technique arms the imagination.” This is ultimately what the training seeks to achieve- the “arming” of the actor’s imagination.
Josiah McElheny - Interactions of the Abstract Body
Animated by eight mirrored sculptures titled, when performed as a group, Interactions of the Abstract Body (2012). Each sculpture is a variation on a circle, square, triangle or ellipse and is individually titled after each shape – e.g. Interactive Abstract Body (Circle) (2012). Performers from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance will wear these geometric, mirrored structures, transforming their body into a kinetic sculpture that moves within the gallery according to a pattern choreographed by the artist. At once comic and elegant, Interactions of the Abstract Body, reflects McElheny’s interest in the oft-overlooked playful side of Modernism, from the Bauhaus parties to Francis Picabia’s painting diagrams, such as Parade Amoureuse (1917), that animate the dialectic between the body and machine.
The playing audience
Carsten Holler's Giant slides
In 2006 Holler installed five giant slides at the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, which were a big hit with the public. This time two slides will be attached to the outside of the Hayward. Holler said he hoped they would be a device for "experiencing an emotional state that is a unique condition somewhere between delight and madness". The aim of the major exhibition, entitled Decision, is to constantly make visitors reflect on the choices and decisions they make. The slides will be the final decision to make on how to exit the exhibition. Visitors will even have to decide how to enter the first part of the exhibition with two separate entrances.
The Granary building was mainly used to store Lincolnshire wheat for London’s bakers, while the sheds were used to transfer freight from or to the rail carts. Off-loading from the rail carriages was made easier by cranes and turntables powered by horse and, from the 1840s, hydraulic power. Loaded and unloaded carts were moved in to the Train Assembly Shed and formed into trains for departure northwards. Stables were located under the loading platforms – some of these remain in the Western Transit Shed.
Boudicca was queen of the Iceni people of Eastern England and led a major uprising against occupying Roman forces.
Boudicca was married to Prasutagus, ruler of the Iceni people of East Anglia. When the Romans conquered southern England in AD 43, they allowed Prasutagus to continue to rule. However, when Prasutagus died the Romans decided to rule the Iceni directly and confiscated the property of the leading tribesmen. They are also said to have stripped and flogged Boudicca and raped her daughters. These actions exacerbated widespread resentment at Roman rule.
In 60 or 61 AD, while the Roman governor Gaius Suetonius Paullinus was leading a campaign in North Wales, the Iceni rebelled. Members of other tribes joined them.
Boudicca's warriors successfully defeated the Roman Ninth Legion and destroyed the capital of Roman Britain, then at Colchester. They went on to destroy London and Verulamium (St Albans). Thousands were killed. Finally, Boudicca was defeated by a Roman army led by Paulinus. Many Britons were killed and Boudicca is thought to have poisoned herself to avoid capture. The site of the battle, and of Boudicca's death, are unknown.
Lara Croft: The playing audience
Ovalhouse: Invisible treasure
Invisible treasure by fanSHEN
Invisible Treasure is an interactive digital playspace, an electrifying exploration of human relationships, power structures and individual agency, where your actions can change everything. Suitable for ages 7 and upwards.
The area now known as King’s Cross lay approximately 2 km north-west of the Roman settlement of Londonium. Roman remains suggest it may have been the site of a crossing of the Fleet River. It is also believed to be the location of the legendary battle between Queen Boudicca and Roman invaders. The story goes that the final resting place of Boudicca, the warrior queen of the Iceni, is under Platform nine at King’s Cross Station.
She ended up there following her last battle with the Romans in AD 61. The battle took place at Broad Ford, in the valley between King’s Cross and St Pancras. Broad Ford was the place to cross the Fleet and according to tradition it became Battle Bridge, following Boudicca’s defeat.
A mission of Roman monks arrived in Essex in AD 597 with the relics of the martyr saint St Pancras. Their aim was to convert Britain to Christianity. The monks built a church in the place where St Pancras Old Church is today, making the site one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Europe.
After an initial burst of popularity, the church began to suffer from being off the beaten track. And even as London expanded in the 18th Century, King’s Cross remained predominantly rural.
The Granary Building is now the stunning new home of the world famous arts college – Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London. The building has been transformed by architects Stanton Williams. While the Western Transit Shed has been converted into unique office space with shops and restaurants at street level.
Boudicca was finally defeated by a Roman army led by Paulinus.
She is thought to have poisoned herself to avoid capture.
The war began when the Roman's imposed their rule on the Icenei people.
Boudicca's husband Prasutagus was ruler of the Iceni people of East Anglia.
When the Romans conquered southern England in AD 43, they allowed Prasutagus to continue to rule.
But when he died the Romans tried to rule the Iceni directly and confiscated the property of the leading tribesmen.
The Romans are said to have publicly stripped and flogged Boudicca and raped her daughters.
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LOL Vision VI
Description: an audience-driven artwork where audiovisual clips are triggered by body poses. This interactive installation provides for real time full body-detection of two audience members simultaneously. With their bodies transposed side by side into the video artwork, they are able to trigger video clips using particular poses or dancing until a video clip is serendipitously discovered. The audience itself becomes the remote control of this video mashup.
Materials: Projectors, laptop, iPad, Kinect camera
Location: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto, Canada
Artichoke: London lumiere: Joining the dots
When still, the patterns were almost abstract, but once the actors began to move, they could be perceived remarkably clearly. Test subjects could immediately understand the nature of their actions (swimming, dancing, walking, running) and were even able to guess whether they were young or old, light or heavy, male or female.
1987: King's Cross station fire 'kills 27'
At least 27 people have died after a fire at King's Cross station in central London.The blaze reportedly began at about 1930 GMT in a machine room under a wooden escalator.The escalator connected the Piccadilly line - one of five underground train routes which run through King's Cross - with the mainline station.The fire started as the evening rush hour was trailing off but hundreds of commuters were still in the station which is London's busiest.Many passengers were trapped underground as the escalator went up in flames.More than 150 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze and searched for survivors.But they were not able to bring the main fire under control until approximately 2150 GMT.It is feared the death toll could reach 40 after a search of the station has been completed.
Learn how to battle like a Roman with Gladiator Workshops
Indulge yourself in some Roman-inspired food and drink
Learn the art of Roman hair braiding and beauty techniques
Make your very own Roman Mosaic to take home
Take a walk around a Roman house and make your own coaster
Have your picture taken in full Roman get up!
Why did the British rebel?
By AD 61, the Romans were in control of southern Britain. Then they faced their most serious problem to date - rebellion!
It began while the Roman governorPaulinus (the soldier in charge of Roman Britain) was away in North Wales. He had led the Roman army and got rid of the Druids, the priests of the old Celtic religion.
The trouble started in East Anglia. The Iceni tribe lived there and Prasutagus, the king, was a friend of the Romans. When he died, he left half his kingdom to the Roman emperor, and half to his wife, Queen Boudicca. The Romans wanted it all. They also wanted extra taxes and they wanted Boudicca to give up her throne.
Boudica Vs Croft
In Roman mythology, Tempestas (Latin tempestas: "season, weather; bad weather; storm, tempest") was the Goddess of Storms. Sometimes Tempestates ("The Storms", plural) were seen as a group of deities. There was a temple of Tempestas at Rome, dedicated to Her by Scipio in 259 BC.
SMT 1952: Margaret Leighton as Ariel
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
Melinda Parrett as Ariel in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2013
Thomas Adès: Ariel
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as Ariel at The Dallas Theater Center
Cyndia Sieden as Ariel, The Tempest, Santa Fe Opera, costume designed by Paul Brown,
Daniil Simkin as Ariel in Alexei Ratmansky's 'The Tempest
The Globe: Ariel & Harpy
Marc Jacob: Kendall Jenner
Victoria & Albert Museum
Dancing in 'real clothes'
‘No one ever asks me to do classical ballet, everything I’ve done with Christopher Gable and everything I’ve done with Matthew Bourne has been set within the last couple of hundred years and more tailored and I prefer that because it’s not a fake, a jacket will do what it does. It doesn’t always have to be skinny, stuck to the body.
'Period costumes have to move with the body, but dancers like tight-fitting costumes. However, a jacket that fits too snugly will rise with the arms and stay up. The battle is to get the dancers to accept looser fittings that move up and down the body. Occasionally you go “OK, fine, let’s pin it. That’s where you want it. Now lift your arms up. Oh look, it doesn’t come down. That’s why we’re not doing i". You really have to prove it to them.’
So costume fittings can be fraught: ‘it’s that relationship thing again – when you’ve been working with someone like Adam (dancer Adam Cooper) for twelve or thirteen years I know he’s not difficult. If he says “I’ll make it work”, he’ll make it work. If he says “I’m having problems with this", it’s a problem and I can’t ignore it. For me, what they’re bothered about is a judgement on how good they are as performers. Different dancers have different foibles, different likes. It’s only when you’ve worked with them a lot that you know, there are some people you know are worth doing it for.'