Online Theatre Academy

My System of Stanislavsky

A Dialogue on the Stanislavsky system and its application to contemporary theatre practice

Teacher and master student – Jurij Alschitz and Olga Lapina, two generations of Stanislavsky’s disciples explore the legacy of Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky and its relevance for today’s theatre practice in a course of nine profound interactive meetings.

Dr. Jurij Alschitz was educated at Moscow State University in the class of Professor Y.Malkovsky, a direct student of Stanislavsky, and Dr. Olga Lapina graduated from the class of second-generation Stanislavsky’s student Professor  Oleg Kudryashov in Moscow University of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Therefore, they both share a deep practical and theoretical knowledge of the system from within the teacher-to-student lineage, and at the same time they both research the heritage of Stanislavsky from the point of view of its relevance to the modern theatrical reality and question the ways in which practical application of the system can be turned into useful and creative tools, rather than indisputable theatrical religion.

On one hand, familiarity with the basics of the Stanislavsky system is a necessary step in the training of all professional theatre artists – actors, directors, and theatre teachers. Stanislavsky’s discoveries in the field of theatrical pedagogy – formulating a system of elements of creativity, discovering the actor’s methods of self-preparation, the method of physical actions – lay the foundation of theatrical art and constitute the ABC of every theatre professional. On the other hand, Stanislavsky often repeated in his writings that actors and teachers must re-train every 5 years; the speed of transformation of modern times invites the artist to constantly update his art even in a shorter time frame. Every system has to be tested by the movement of time, and none of the previous knowledge, even the most conventional, should be taken without critical mind, artistic curiosity and creative investigation.

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We need new Stanislavskys – teachers who are able to combine artistic and methodological thinking while creating their own system – and who are ready to make radical changes at any moment to improve their art.

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Jurij Alschitz and Olga Lapina believe, that their mission is to impart knowledge of the system to a new generation, but they relate past experience and contemporary theatrical thought critically, discovering unconventional and creative contemporary applications of what might be known as traditional elements of Stanislavsky system. With this course  they want to encourage theatre practicioners to develop their one system. 

They will speak about the most fundamental themes of K.Stanislavsky’s legacy, such as action, conflict, event, supertask, given circumstances, method of physical actions, improvisation, ethics, ensemble, as well as the phenomena of actor/role and artistic individuality,  hereby giving a notion of the system in general.

In each meeting they will investigate the topics both theoretically and practically, providing with a broad spectrum of knowledge and practical inspiration to use the system creatively in your own artistic everyday life.
1. Lecture: the classic definition and approach
2. Dialogue: how do we understand it today?
3. Practice: implementation and relevance for modern theatre

This course is an invitation to EVERYONE who wants to know more about the various facets of the great master Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky. Below you will find a thematic overview. Each session can be visited individually. The artistic director reserves the right to intuitively mix topics in order to reveal the complexity of the system.

1. System and chaos.
My life in art

2. Ethics

3. Action and affective memory

4. Conflict, action and supertask

5. Event

6. Ensemble and individuality

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7. Actor/role,
magic “if…”, given circumstances

Famusov

8. Method of physical actions, active analysis and improvisation

9. The system as a living structure

Teacher

Dr Jurij Alschitz, Dr Olga Lapina

Number of participants

Minimum number of participants  20

Teaching Language

English, Italian, Russian (please check the scheduled announcement)

Format

Online lecture with practical tasks and exercises.
If you miss a session, you have the option of watching the recording until the next one.
The certification for this course will only be given to participants of the whole programme.

Mode of operation

9 days | 3 hours each with breaks
one meeting per month

Cost

320 € early bird until 15th of September 2021
390 € regular price
50 € single meeting 

Course dates

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