Wilma HotHouse Intensive with Blanka Zizka and Justin Jain

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO HOTHOUSE METHODS: February 27 – March 2

PART TWO: ADVANCED HOTHOUSE METHODS: March 6 – March 9

Wilma Hothouse Studio
1213 Gerritt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

 

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO HOTHOUSE METHODS

February 27 – March 2

Wilma HotHouse Company Members meet weekly to explore texts and embodied acting methods and this class introduces students to those same methods. Justin Jain leads the first part of each class in the Method of Theodoros Terzopoulos. Jain guides participants through a sequence of exercises that expand the breath, focus the mind, and tune the actor’s physical instrument. During the second portion of the class, Blanka Zizka takes actors through a progression of improvised vocalization exercises aimed at releasing tension and accessing blocked emotion. Text-based exercises focus on strategies for extracting meaning embedded in the sounds of words and the musicality of the language.

Justin Jain, on the Method of Theodoros Terzopoulos: “It’s all in service of excavating what Terzopoulos calls the capital-B Body. That includes not only your physicality but your memory, your history, your imagination — everything about the human experience.” From The New York Times article on Wilma HotHouse, “A Philadelphia Theater Sweating and Heading in a New Direction.” 


SCHEDULE PART ONE:

Tuesday, February 27: 2:00 PM -7:00 PM 

Wednesday, February 28: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thursday, March 1: 10:00 AM -3:00 PM

Friday, March 2: 10:00 AM -3:00 PM

 

 

PART TWO: ADVANCED HOTHOUSE METHODS

March 6 – 9

Advanced HotHouse Methods is designed for participants who already have some foundation in the physical and vocal practices of the Wilma HotHouse, either through taking Part One of the HotHouse intensive or through a previous intensive with Blanka Zizka. Advanced HotHouse Methods follows a similar structure as Part One, but will progress into new content. Justin Jain introduces the next level in the Method of Mr. Terzopoulos, which focuses on the vocal aspect of this training. In the second portion of each class, Blanka Zizka delves deeply into text work and what it means to fully embody the text in performance, which as Blanka explains in the Wilma HotHouse's New York Times feature, “is to have emotion, body, voice, all in fluid expression.”

SCHEDULE PART TWO:

Tuesday, March 6:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, March 7:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday, March 8:  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Friday, March 9:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

 

 

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For questions about the class call Education Assistant Rachel Beecher at 215-893-9456 ext. 113.

TUITION: $250 for one week or $400 if you take both. NOTE: Introduction to HotHouse Methods, or a previous intensive with Blanka Zizka is a prerequisite for taking Advanced HotHouse Methods

*    All HotHouse intensives are designed for advanced acting students and professional actors, but curious and brave directors, playwrights, educators, etc. are always welcome.

*    Come prepared to move. The work can be rigorous but adjustments will be made for various body types, injuries and physical limitations.