Nine Years Theatre believes in the learning of new knowledge and the importance of long-term, regular and systematic training for actors. We therefore organize training sessions that are divided into Regular Training and Classes as follows:
- Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints.
- Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Viewpoints, speech class, theatre knowledge, etc.
What Is The Difference Between Training And Classes?
Nine Years Theatre differentiates the two notions as follows: Classes are designed for the acquisition of knowledge and skills within a designated, intensive time span. Training, on the other hand, refers to the regular, long-term practice, study and development of these knowledge and skills.
Why Do We Train?
A good actor exudes strength and depth on stage, and is creative in rehearsal and performance. However, while most actors are able to harness these qualities at the surface level after years of performance experience, the highest level of these qualities lie as dormant potential in the inner core of an actor's body. It is through regular and long-term, systematic training that these deep qualities may be unleashed and enhanced.
Moreover, as an innate behaviour, the human mind and body are prescribed by our survival instinct and protection mechanism to perform the minimum. Persistent training helps the actor acquire the will to always excel beyond his/her perceivable ability.
Why Do We Adopt The Suzuki Method As Our Regular Training?
The Suzuki Method of Actor Training is a training system created by Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki. It focuses on enhancing the three important aspects of the actors' art: energy production, breath calibration, and centre of gravity. Taken together, these three aspects work towards the cultivation of the “invisible body”, the uncovering of the actor's inner potential and the development of a creative actor. The Suzuki Method is adopted as our Regular Training because
a. It is systematic and adaptable, creative and disciplined at the same time. Its essence of structured freedom is closely related to real-life performance situation, making the method most suited for long-term, regular practice.
b. Although it uses a series of formal physical exercises (known as disciplines) in its practice, these exercises are means to uncover the inner creative potential of the actor. In other words, these exercises are essentially components of a “method” rather than rigid aesthetics, making the Suzuki Method a system of training that transcends gender, age and culture.
Why Do We Adopt Viewpoints As Our Regular Training?
Viewpoints can be understood as
· A philosophy translated into a technique for 1) training performers; 2) building ensemble; and 3) creating movement for the stage.
· A set of names given to certain principles of movement through time and space; these names constitute a language for talking about what happens onstage.
· Points of awareness that a performer or creator makes use of while working.
-- Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, The Viewpoints Book
Viewpoints is about having a meaningful relationship with Time and Space. It is about the awareness of being, of events that are already existing, and of events that are emerging. It is a way of working with others, of building ensemble, and of establishing a common language. It is a practice in seeing things with new perspectives.
-- Nelson Chia
Viewpoints is adopted as our regular training because
a. It trains actors to work together as a group by providing a common language in performance.
b. It heightens the actors’ awareness of their bodies in space and time, and their relationships with other bodies and structures on stage during creation and performance.