Jurij Alschitz

positions – proposals – ideas

Selected moments with Jurij Alschitz​

In line with new course offers, we share some thought-provoking snapshots. Ideas, proposals and artistic perspectives from a master who loves to look at theatre in a new way every day.

Here you find first of all Jurij Alschitz’s fundamental reflections on quantum cognition and holistic cognition, the basis of all his current artistic work.

This is a constantly growing archive – check back next time.

Quantum Cognition

There are two ways to learn. One is the path to acquiring knowledge and skills, which are called competencies. The second is the path of insight and ideas, when a person suddenly, in an instant, acquires an area of knowledge in a new light. Quantum Pedagogy is an explosive formation. The explosive energy of (nuclear) mental processes is important. I can say that learning is a series of explosions / discoveries / knowledge.

Quantum Pedagogy is built from the perception of the relativity of knowledge and beliefs. Its effectiveness must be recognized on the basis of subjective experience only. If such a condition does not resonate with you, if it is not effective for you, forget about it. This does not mean that you are not smart enough, not well educated, not well developed. It just means that the quantum approach is not for you – it is simply not for everyone. Quantum pedagogy requires a special consciousness and a  special thinking. Quantum pedagogy is hyper education, integration with other knowledge and structures. It is “knowledge of knowledge”.

Holistic Cognition

Theatre Holism is a unifying method. It unites fragmentary perception and thinking in the consciousness of the actors. The world of knowledge about theater is divided into short fragments – this is the disadvantage of many teaching methods. Each part lives as a separate fragment, and therefore thinking ceases to put them together. As a result, knowledge ceases to develop and be creative.

Instead of analysis, holistic cognition asserts the principle of synthesis. A new concept of indissoluble unity emerges, which denies the classical idea that the world can be divided into independent parts. This forces us to look at Knowledge not as a collection of separate concepts and formulas, but as a single, integral network of different parts that constantly resonate with each other. Synthesis establishes living connections between new and old knowledge, different views, themes, methods and systems, and when they are combined, it opens up the undiscovered. This holistic Symphony of additions, discoveries, and writings of new knowledge is based on positive motivations and complementary constructs. In short – synthesis is technology and positive motivation is meaning. This is the concept of the school of holistic cognition. Take it all at once.

Read more: The Path to a Holistic Theatre

The real work is to stop the inertia. The inertia of a method we believe in.

Jurij Alschitz on one of Stanislavsky’s main themes: moving consciously to the subconscious

An actor prepares. What is the background of the role? From where to start?