‘Musicality of Movement’ Actor training in 2023

The actor’s body is their instrument then the actor must fine-tune that instrument making sure that all their faculties are functioning via regular training to deliver a believable performance. If an actor is being witnessed by an audience and the actor isn’t engaging their body then their body language is saying something different, the audience subconsciously thinks “This person is lying”.

Regular improvisation practice gives the actor the skills of being spontaneous and immediate reacting to and from internal and external influence, visual and/or audible. Improvisation is not just for the intellect to be clever with wordplay, these teachings encourage movement first training the actor to have a full pallet of movement options and then layering the words on top. The actor’s whole body will bring the words or text to life.

Movement and Improvisation is the grounding for successful actor training. A good actor must use all of their physicality ‘movement’ and their creativity ‘imagination’ to deliver a believable and successful performance.

When an actor is working with a script they must at a minimum lift the words off the page and breathe life into what the writer has created. The reason why we call theatre productions a Play is that it is actors at play, acting out our daily lives.  

The word ‘Theatre’ means a multitude of styles depending on where you are in the world. Improvisation in Performance is not a theatre style but a training ground for actors to expand their onstage experience making them a very valuable tool for any director or writer. I have often heard actors say, “That director is no good, he doesn’t give me anything to work with”. I say it is the actor’s responsibility to offer inspiration to the director, only then will the play come to life because the actors own and love their material. 

Tony Kishawi 
0418881063
tkishawi@commediaunmasked.com

The series of classes that I am offering in 2023 is called very simply ‘Musicality of Movement’. There will be weekly training over four terms. I take the participants back to basics, learning how to move their body making sure that they have all their faculties at their disposal. Thus building a movement pallet for the actors to pull from.

BASIC ARTICULATORS   

THE NECESSARY ARTICULATOR 

SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS  

VISION 

SOUND SCORES 

VERBAL GAMES 

WORDS & MOVEMENT 

SMALL GROUP SCORES 

LARGE GROUP SCORES 

SCORES ON A THEME

PEDESTRIAN, CHARACTER, CARICATURE, ABSTRACT 

— use of posture
— subtle variations of speed in movement and or speech — the use of silence and stillness
— integration of vision with movement
— variations in locomotion 

— placement of performers on stage 

— the slowing down and speeding up of the action
— timing of entrances and exits
— the ebb and flow of emotional tensions
— the use of costumes, music, and lighting to heighten effects 

Pedagogical Genealogy

Tony Kishawi is offering regular class for actors to fine-tune their instrument. Bringing the teachings of Al Wunder Theatre of the Ordinary (Melbourne), Keith Johnson Impro (Canada), Jonathon Wright, Simple Clown (UK), Philip Gaulier, clown, le Jeu, Bouffon (UK), Antonio Fava Commedia dell’Arte (Italy), Eves Marks and Clare Hagen, (Amsterdam) and his own performance and teachings from over 45 years experience.

Classes will start in early January 2023 in Brisbane, Maleny, Buderim, Nambour, and Yandina Dates and times to be announced.

Contact Tony for expressions of interest

Email: tkishawi@commediaunmasked.com

Mob.: 0418881063