“A Future with Confidence” Project Hosts Theatre Workshop

06 April 2016

From 26 March to 3 April 2016 the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation arranged a theatre workshop for pupils of children’s social institutions.

The theatre workshop brought together the winners of the “Show Some Emotion” art contest held as part of the Foundation’s project, “A Future with Confidence”.

Over twenty school students came to the Polyani resort complex from eight regions: Vologda, Belgorod, Moscow, Lipetsk, Kursk, Orel, and Orenburg regions as well as from the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania.

Every day the children participated in classes for acting, choreography, singing, stage movement and scenic speech.

Among the teachers who conducted the classes were Natalia Kovaleva (scenic speech), an associate professor of the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, Alena Prokhorova (choreography), a ballet dancer at the Tver Academic Regional Philharmonic Society, Rushan Iksanov (stage movement), a teacher at the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute and the Moscow Theatrical College at the Moscow Oleg Tabakov Theatre. Helping the children master dramatic art were Catherine Negrutsa, a director at the Bulgakov House Museum and Theatre, and Catherine Ryakhovskaya, an art director.

On the 30 March one of the key events of the theatre workshop took place, a meeting with Sergei Leonidovich Garmash, People’s Artist of Russia and actor of theatre and cinema. The popular actor talked about how to beat stage fright, what to do if you forget words during a performance, and shared with the children the secrets to becoming skilled at acting.

During a week of “intensive dramatic classes” the children produced their first play. A performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, based on the comedy by William Shakespeare was given in front of an audience on 2 April. As well as teaching, Catherine Negrutsa was also the director of the play.

“One of the most important experiences was watching how within the space of several days as they began to understand the material better not just the children, but also the teachers started changing quite noticeably before my eyes. I regret only one thing: holidays are very short, and it reduced our theatre workshop to just one week. All the teachers and I in a few days of rehearsal understood that awesome things can be achieved by our young studio actors and we can give them a lot! They want to take things on board, they are like sponges absorbing everything and, more importantly, we really want to work with them again! Just imagine what we could have achieved in 2 weeks! I wish wholeheartedly to see them again. Using etude methods, exercises, analysis of the material, I would like for them to find a path to self-discovery, which drama always helps to do”, said Catherine Negrutsa sharing her impressions.

Such meetings, during which the children meet specialists from different areas, are one of the key areas of the “A Future with Confidence” project. The project is designed to facilitate the social adaptation of teenagers who have found themselves in a difficult situation in life.

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