MARK WEIL’S SCHOOL OF DRAMA
The best of the practice of Russian drama and European theater, an exclusive teaching method, and the best specialists in Central Asia.
The Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil is an artistic center with an international reputation. Over the past decade, the theatre’s School of Drama has established itself as one of the best in educating a new generation of professional actors in Central Asia.
The school has developed a program based on the practices of the best Russian theatre schools, and enriched with the professional practice of the Ilkhom Theatre itself. This practice has combined in the theatre’s repertoire a work on classics, modern plays and wordless clownery; mastering the traditions of the theatre of improvisation – European commedia dell’arte and eastern theatre Masharaboz.
This practice has combined seemingly incompatable elements – the nature of acting and psychological theatre – the synthesis of which became the cornerstone of contemporary theatre and the tools of a modern actor.
The instructors of the school are the leading actors of the Ilkhom Theatre – professionals, highly qualified specialists of various profiles, practitioners of theatre. Additionally, foreign colleagues from France, Germany, USA, and Russia partake in the school’s work.
At the conclusion of the school’s cycle, the students are awarded certificates of completion.
The process consists of the following stages:
Stage 1: Preliminary consultations. Selection into the school: a three-step artistic competition, written work, and an interview.
Stage 2: Conducting workshops and trainings – a two-year cycle, thematically divided into six semesters. Open shows are held at the end of each semester. Foreign citizens are given a detailed description each semester’s program and the opportunity to select workshops, trainings, and also the times they would like to attend those in the Studio.
Stage 3: A year of practical application and interning at the Ilkhom Theatre. Work on performances varying in genre, style, and dramaturgical decisions. Consistent work on diverse performances promotes full-scale mastery by the students through the practice of creative and technical capabilities, and equips them to work with various directors.
The School’s programs:
Mastery of the actor
Workshops which allow the students to master acting techniques, including the Stanislavski method, the exercises of M. Chekhov, V. Meyerhold, E. Grotowski, and the theatre of mask and improvisation.
• Exercises for attention, the development of memory, creative imagination, a sense of rhythm and energy, a sense of oneself and one’s body in a theatrical space, and objectless action in etudes;
• Etudes aimed at developing the nature of action and interaction
• A section on “given circumstances”
• Animating an inanimate object in plastics and improvisation
• Observation of animals and consequent etudes as a result of this observation.
• Observing human personalities and consequent etudes as a result of this obserevation.
• Portrait work. Animating a painted portrait on stage.
In-depth work on a scenic image:
• Etudes based on excerpts from literary works
• Etudes based on excerpts from dramaturgical works
• Work on a holistic character-image in the context of a complete dramatic work – the diploma performance.
Workshops are led by: the artistic director of the Ilkhom Theatre Boris Gafurov and Distinguished Artist of Uzbekistan Marina Turpisheva.
Special topic “Mask, clowning” – exercises in the school of Jacques Lecoq (France), based in the tradition of Commedia dell’arte led by Ilkhom Theatre actor Aleksey Piscov. Assisted by: Anastasia Pryadkina
The element of artistic mastery which allows for technically, stylistically, and grammatically correct text work, character development, and literary/poetic excerpt work. This subject also teaches breathing techniques conducive to correct text enunciation and orthoepy.
Workshop led by: Distinguished Artist of Uzbekistan Olga Volodina.