Movement Psychology in Berlin

The Giles Foreman Centre for Acting is delighted to announce a series of new workshops, once again bringing the extraordinary Movement Psychology technique of Yat Malmgren (description below) to Berlin.

After the success of the original workshops, leading exponent Giles Foreman is returning to Berlin to impart the technique to a new group through a series of three workshops: it is important to do all three to benefit from the technique. Participants are invited to attend an optional fourth workshop at the end of August (for those who have completed the first three) at the GFCA studio in Soho, London, in the heart of the UK film industry.

The fourth workshop is designed as a means to practice the technique with the renowned Christopher Fettes, who with Yat was co-founder of the Drama Centre, London – and the teacher of Anthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Lambert Wilson, Paul Bettany, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy, along with a host of other UK and American actors. You will be joined in this workshop with actors from all over the world who have been learning the technique.

During the optional London week, participants will also have networking opportunities. We will host Q and A sessions with key UK industry figures: Casting directors, Directors and actors from the Drama Centre London who practice the technique professionally.

The workshops are designed to deal with the technique in three stages, and are related to the book Christopher Fettes has written about the work – A Peopled Labryinth – which is due to be published in 2013.
Stage 1: The Mental and Motion Factors and the Inner Participations
Stage 2: The Inner Attitudes
Stage 3: The Externalized Drives: The Confluence of Externalized Drives

The dates in BERLIN are Thursdays to Sundays, 10 – 6 pm:
9th – 12th May 2013
6th – 9th June 2013
11th – 14th July 2013

They are very competitively priced at just 300 Euros per block and take place at:
Theaterhaus Mitte, Wallstr 32/Haus C, 10179 Berlin

The dates in LONDON for the optional 4th Workshop are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 – 6 pm:
27th August – 1st September 2013

The London workshop costs 400 Euros.
We will assist you in finding cheap accommodation if needed.

We are seeking experienced actors for the course: interested people should apply by emailing a C.V.
The workshop is given in English with German translation – an opportunity to practice acting in English.

On acceptance, applicants should make full payment for the first workshop by Monday 29th April.

Amelle Schwerk is our representative in Germany, she is also available to provide you with further information.

YAT MALMGREN [pictured] was one of the great solo artists of European modern dance and later became a legend in British actor training, having been the creator of the Laban-Malmgren System of Character Analysis.

Yat Malmgren (March 28 1916-June 6 2002) led, jointly with John Blatchley, the creation of the Drama Centre in the autumn of 1963 and stayed as Director of Movement at the School. Malmgren taught a number of famous actors including Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Anthony Hopkins, as well as Andrew Tiernan, Helen McCrory, Paul Bettany, Michael Fassbender, Russell Brand, Anne-Marie Duff, Craig Kelly, John Sim, Sean Harris, Ryan Early, Andrew Pleavin and Nicolas Tennant.

Born in Gavle, north of Stockholm in 1916, he went to went to drama school with Ingrid Bergman but possessed an exceptional talent for movement and dance, and soon became a world famous “Character Dancer” of the 1930’s. As the war broke out Yat found refuge in Dartington Hall in Devon where he met Hungarian character Dancer Rudolf Laban. Laban took Yat under his wing, and left him all his notations on the exploration of movement in everyday experience. Yat later adapted Laban’s notations to acting and thus created a revolutionary teaching tool as opposed to conventional theatrical dance.

Yat initially taught at a small studio in West Street, off Shaftesbury Avenue in London and became the acting guru of Sean Connery. He was invited by Lawrence Olivier to work at the fledgling National Theatre and later taught a young Anthony Hopkins at the Royal Academy. He went on to found the Drama Centre, London which was created around his work and which has subsequently produced some of the greatest names in British and world theatre and cinema.

For more information on Yat Malmgren and what some of his now famous students had to say about his method, follow the links below:,4273,4432581,00.html
(Colin Firth Article) Yat Malmgren

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