School of Jurij Alschitz
Quantum Pedagogy for Theatre
A Glimpse into the future for innovative theatre artists, teachers and educators
2 Days with Jurij Alschitz
Max Planck, more than 100 years ago, came up with the idea that our world is a flash of energy – quantum. That’s how knowledge flashes, that’s how Quantum Pedagogy is built, that’s how the lesson lives – by many flashes. It is the connections, the union with other knowledge and structures.
While today we can no longer imagine a world without quantum technology – and yet have little idea of how the world of quanta manifests itself in the various areas of life -, Jurij Alschitz applies its principle to theatre in a very practical way. With Quantum Pedagogy he developed a Quantum Training for tomorrow’s Theatre.
“This colloquium shares my findings in this new field. It is my answer to the rapidly changing world using the achievements of the science community to develop the art of acting and artistic creativity in theatre as highest category, which can then make use – if necessary – of all the technical attempts made so many.” (J.A.)
Actors tune in not to follow their teacher/director, but to unfold, rearrange, separate, make decisions instantly – they perceive knowledge about theatre through various points. Knowledge does not stand still. It is constantly moving, evolving, interacting with other ideas, adding, multiplying, changing and even destroying. This is the essence of one of the principles of the quantum technique – we can call it liquid knowledge.
Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them. (Albert Einstein)
Quantum pedagogy requires a special consciousness of special thinking from you, and that is its main difficulty. Therefore, Quantum Training first proposes the opening of one’s own system in order to then successively give space to new contemporary thought structures and perceptions of the world, which then necessarily lead to other ways of expression. The colloquium will address fundamental questions of this methodology in order to awaken a basic understanding of this new pedagogy on which Quantum Training is based.
The following short article by Jurij Alschitz is intended to start the dialogue with you and invite you to formulate your questions for our colloquium. We look forward to an intensive exchange!
Jurij Alschitz: Quantum Pedagogy
I think that part of the world that we – actors and directors – see, that we hear, that is in touch with our senses, our sensorics – is very small. The greater part of the world is not understood by our human senses. In the same way, the world of the play, the world of the role, is actually much broader than what is seen through the letter of the text, the actions and the senses. How do we expand such a limited world of our knowledge of theater, how do we develop it?
An actor’s and director’s knowledge and skill expand by discovering new connections, new energies, penetrating the spaces of macro and microcosms. Our innovations in the profession depend on it. Without penetrating there, we can no longer develop our knowledge and our skill. And it is impossible to penetrate there as long as we remain in that state of consciousness and thinking that asserts that all reality is reduced to matter and its interactions. In other words. it is impossible to penetrate there without accepting the ideas of quantum physics, on the basis of which I got the idea of quantum pedagogy for theater. Let me tell you right away, Quantum pedagogy for actors, directors and teachers is easy. But there is one condition – it is not for everyone, because it requires a special way of thinking and that is its main difficulty. Quantum pedagogy is a challenge to the materialistic view of theater education. Most actors and directors, including me, were brought up that way, all technologies were built on that basis. Quantum pedagogy is not a method, a system or a technical school technique. It is an art, and it needs to be communicated in this way.
Quantum pedagogy is a suite, a composition with deliberate transitions of themes, roll call of motifs. It is a work that is made up of independent parts, but it has no beginning or end or sequence of readings, as opposed to the traditional school way. I would say that it is one sphere of knowledge united with other knowledge and structures. The rule is that if you understand one knowledge, eight others will be revealed to you. What matters is not the amount of knowledge, not the simple sum of elements, but the totality of connections between them.
In Quantum Pedagogy I use the method of complex-wave training. This makes up for the shortcomings of linear training methods by shaping the artist’s three-dimensional creative thinking, opening up new spaces of acting horizontally, vertically, spherically, in the resonance that arises between the actor “playing” the role and the actor “being played” by role. Quantum Training comprises hundreds of tasks and exercises and thousands of combinations of them. The training exercises are based on the fact that the actor is something more than flesh, blood, feelings, technology, methods. thoughts, emotions and so on, the actor is above all a certain play of vibrations and a sum of energies.
My individual experiments and laboratories have shown that Quantum Training opens to the actor new sources of play, expands the limits of his understanding, his sense of theatrical reality beyond the materialistic world. For me it is especially important that quantum pedagogy, instead of creating the personality of an actor of a certain theatrical system, expands this personality to the volume of the Artist with a holistic perception of Theater, Art, Science, the whole World, which gives him an opportunity to raise his profession to a higher level.
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