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STEVEN BERKOFF.  Seven states of tension.  Berkoff’s work exists at 1, 2 and 6, 7- it is all about extremes.  Freezes should be held with great tension.

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1 STEVEN BERKOFF

2  Seven states of tension.  Berkoff’s work exists at 1, 2 and 6, 7- it is all about extremes.  Freezes should be held with great tension and with exaggerated facial expressions  ‘Movement is another language’

3  The Actor creates the whole environment physically.  All props are mimed or physically embodied by part of the actors anatomy   This should make theatre more of a spectacle  Test the level of physical control by using extremes of pace- slow/ fast  “I despise naturalism, a good actor should need no props.” Berkoff  BERKOFF’S THEATRE

4  Physical Theatre of Jacques Le Coq  Mime  Creating the environment physically  7 states of tension  Heightened Gesture  Brecht’s alienation  Plays seek not to recreate real life, but to revel in the spectacle of theatre  At times plays have been episodic and had a political message (Sink The Belgrano)  The notion of Gestus and exaggerated characters/ stereotypes  Greek Theatre  Use of a chorus  Long verse speeches  Directly addressing an audience INFLUENCES

5  You should have hyperbolic physicality (clear Gestus- heightened gesture) play up the stereotype.  Play with the rhythm and tempo of the verse, enjoy the flow of the language  Deliver dialogue straight out to the audience- not to the other actor  Create the environment around you physically using mime and sound effects  Play the scene with great tension in your body.  gCizNgZauB_gFEZzqg gCizNgZauB_gFEZzqg SO TO PLAY A BERKOFF CHARACTER

6  ‘Newer Berkoff’* offensive, shocking, character driven plays  East  West  Greek  Kvetch  Decadence  ‘Older Berkoff’ dark, chorus driven plays  The Trial  Metamorphosis * I say ‘newer’ but these plays came out between 1975 and 1986, so they are all about 30 years old! – after this he tended to do 1 man shows in the 90s (Dog, Tell Tale Heart, Shakespeare’s Villains) MAJOR BERKOFF PLAYS


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