Biomechanics of V. Meyerhold for Contemporary Theatre

For amateur and professional actors, directors, specialists in actor training, choreographers, drama teachers, researchers, scholars.

In the form of training workshop with discussions, lectures and video presentations.

Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874-1940) was a famous Russian director, actor, reformer of stage art. His creative work has a huge influence upon the theatre all over the world. At the beginning of the 20th century he created the unique technique – “biomechanics”, devoted to teaching the art of form and dramatic expression.
Biomechanics was founded by Meyerhold  as a system for actor preparation and was originally a synthesis of gymnastics, acrobatic tricks, which allows the actor consciously and expediently control the mechanism of his movements and energy. Biomechanics acts through bodily form in order to stimulate emotions.
Biomechanics was also the effective pedagogical method for:
·        acquiring the skill of expressive movement: to improve awareness of tension- relaxation;  to subordinate movements to rhythm; to shift the balance; to fix positions – foreshortening (which Meyerhold called “raccoursi”);
·        developing  kinesthetic vision (which Meyerhold called “mirrorizing”);
·        working with objects (sticks, balls);
·        communicating within a group and controlling disposition in space;
·         carrying out the orders of director as quickly and correctly as possible.
Biomechanics, in the project authors’ opinion, is instrument for discover the fundamental laws of the Acting in contemporary theatre.
The uniqueness of the project. We learn the laws of Actor skill - as they were devised by Meyerhold - through practical exercises and the analysis the structures and the plots of the “classical” biomechanics etudes.

We reveal the code of scenic language which Meyerhold called ‘grotesque” in order to create artificial reality on the stage. Experiments and improvisation with biomechanical movements (as a letters of this scenic language) allow us to develop montage-composite way of thinking and to find the new meanings in the combinations of concrete elements of form: temp, rhythm, foreshortening (raccoursi), an arrangement in space, quality of movement.


This approach moves from separate movements to complicated etudes in order to learn Biomechanics in a short space of time.   

Results of  master-class:

1.     Basic skill in joggling  with sticks;

2.     Elementary movement: standing, walking,  running, falling;

3.     To learn biomechanical etudes “Throwing the Stone”; “Shooting with Bow and Arrow ”;  “Stab with the Dagger”; “Slap on the Face”;

4.     To develop the ability to analyze, synthesize and construct new compositions from segments of biomechanical movement;

5.     To explore the principals of  Eisenstein’s montage in Biomechanics:

6.     To use practical skills in working with texts (for example, from “Macbeth” by W. Shakespeare);

7.     To study the history and theory of Meyerhold’s Method.

Length course: 4-12 days (4-8 hours per day)

Course includes daily physical and voice training, improvisations, photo- and video presentations and lecture “Biomechanics and Contemporary theatre”:

1.     Origins of  the Meyerhold’s Method. “Stanislavsky’s system” and Meyerhold’s Method.

2.     The main principals of Biomechanics.

3.     Problems of voice training in Meyerhold’s Method

4.     Biomechanical etude as a metaphor.

5.     How we could use Biomechanics in practical work on role and performance in contemporary theatre. 


All exercises are based on natural, organic movements and require no special gymnastic preparation or equipment.

Sakaev IscanderM. A., director, Russian State Academic Theatre “Aleksandrinsky”; trainer of Biomechanics.

Kuzina ElenaM.A., teacher of Acting, Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Theatre Arts; actor trainer, Russian State Academic Theatre “Aleksandrinsky”



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