Summer Intensive Workshop: The Meisner Technique in HERAKLION
The Meisner Technique is a powerful and respected approach to acting. It is a series of exercises designed to draw your attention on your acting partner. Meisner’s intention was to shift your focus from yourself and simultaneously put you in the present moment. Later, another set of exercises help you understand what it means to live in the given circumstances provided by the text and your director. Finally, a further set of exercises (cold reading, text analysis, etc) will help you make organic discoveries about the texts you perform and comprehend the given circumstances.
This intensive week will take you from the basics of simple repetition all the way through to text analysis & script work.
Learn to live in the moment as an actor. Learn what it means to really “do” and to respond truthfully to a given moment based on what you get from your partner. Through improvisation, emotional truth and personal response you will learn to resonate authenticity within a given circumstance. Only in this way will you begin to understand the definition of real acting, which is “to live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances”.
Living Truthfully (repetition exercises)
Given Circumstances (activities, emotional preparation)
Text: (cold reading and monologue)
How to apply
Please email or fill our application form with your details and a little bit about yourself.
As Keith sets no boundaries on who gets to work with him the workshop places will basically be given on a 1st come 1st serve basis.
The non-refundable deposit will be required on receipt of confirmation of acceptance to the workshop.
Maximum number of participants: 16
General offer: € 200 (A non-refundable deposit of € 100 is required when accepted on the workshop).
Solidarity price for participants living in Greece: € 120 (A non-refundable deposit of € 60 is required when accepted on the workshop).
Bank Account Holder: MOMENT TO MOMENT
IBAN: FR76 4255 9000 1141 0200 3262 353
Upon the deposit please send a confirmation e-mail.
The remainder of the cost must be paid by the 10th of August 2015.
Rough hours from Saturday 22 to Wednesday 26 Aug :
13:00-14:30 Lunch Break
Moment to Moment Acting is a Lyon based Anglo-French Acting Company and School. It teaches the Meisner technique and promote cultural exchange. Its teaching style uses a positive pedagogical approach influenced by Keith Johnstone and Bill Ball among others. It offers weekly and intensive classes in Lyon (FR) , monthly Classes in Brussels (BE) and Leeds(UK), coaching as well as Master Classes in Lyon (FR), Valence (FR) Strasbourg (FR) Brussels (BE) Antwerp (BE) Amsterdam (NL) Copenhagen (DK) Perugia (IT) and Leeds (UK).
Tips and Tricks
Below some usuful info to help you make your stay productive and enjoyable.
It is easy and often cheap to fly to Crete. For the New Cultural Center the closest airport is Heraklion (Iraklio) also known as Nikos Kazantzakis airport.
Chania is another big airport. Chania is about 140km west of Heraklion. There are buses between Chania and Heraklion every hour (costs about 15 euro). A taxi from Chania airport to Heraklion will cost about 100 euro.
In summer (from April to October) there are many budget airlines flying to Crete, like Easyjet, Transavia, Ryanair, Germanwings, TUIfly, etc., which take you to Crete, from a range of European cities (London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich, Tel Aviv, Larnaca, Pisa, Rome, Milan, Bologna, Geneva, Paris, Madrid, Wroclaw, Moscow, etc.)
From the airport you can take a bus (just outside the airport). Ask for Polytistiko Kentro at Leoforos Plastira (close to Nikos Kazantzakis grave). You can also take a taxi (which will cost about 10 euro).
You can also take a ferry to Heraklion. There are night ferries all year, leaving at around 9 o’clock in the evening from the Piraeus port in Athens. In summer there are also day ferries, leaving at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Ferry companies are Anek lines (Superfast), or Minoan lines. The port of Heraklion is close to the center of Heraklion. You could walk from the port (around 30 minutes) or take a taxi (taxis are cheap in Heraklion).
If you want to drive to Crete from mainland Europe, the most comfortable is to take a ferry from Ancona (Italy) to Patras (22 hours), drive from Patras to Piraeus, Athens (3 hours) and then take the ferry from Pireaus to Heraklion. It is a nice roadtrip, but cheaper is to fly to Heraklion and rent a car there.
The new-build Cultural and Conference Centre of Heraklion is located at Plastira Avenue (Leoforos Plastira) at the intersection of Plastira Avenue with Romanou street, close to Nikos Kazantzakis grave.
It is a well known building near the centre of Heraklion and every taxi driver is familiar with the location.
Restaurant: Plenty of choices with local taverns and restaurants in walking distance . In case you did not know, the Greek way of restaurant eating is different than in continental Europe (where each guest orders one plate for himself). In Greece the custom is to take a number of small plates (sometimes translated to ‘apetizers’). If you are alone 2-3 small plates are enough, if you are two, 3-4 are enough. They serve the food quickly so you can always order more later if you like anything else. Don't forget to try some raki/tsikoudia (Cretan traditional spirit).
Bakery and supermarket: The closest bakery is at about 5 minutes walk. The same with the Super Market (Χαλκιαδάκης) located at Kalokerinou Street. From the Cultural Centre head downwards the Plastira Avenue (heading to the sea) and at the end of it you will find Kalokerinou Str. on your right hand. If you continue straight towards the sea front and more to the west you will find Lidl and a Carrefour (open weekdays and Saturday).
Late night: At night and on Sunday a lot of shops are closed. But there are countless Periptero in Heraklion. Periptero are small shops selling newspapers, ice-cream, food, tobacco, whiskey, bus tickets, etc. Most sell also packs of milk, yogurt, fruit juices and some basic breakfast (croissants). Some are open until late.
Taxi: The easiest transport is taxi. To get to the Cultural and Conferance Centre of Heraklion just tell the driver that you are heading to Polytistiko Kentro located at the intersection of Plastira Avenue with Romanou street. Taxis are cheap in Greece and there are many. Taxi from Heraklion center to the nearest beach (Amoudara) costs about 7 euro. Taxi from airport to Polytistiko Kentro costs about 10 euro. You can also call a taxi: Candia taxi: 2810 361 362, 2810 361 363, Heraklion Radio Taxi 2810 210102, 2810 210146.
Bus: From the airport the bus stop is a couple of minutes walk from the terminal building Heraklion Airport. It is the most economical bus transportation from / to the airport. Local shuttle buses leave from the airport every few minutes from early morning until late in the evening from Monday to Saturday and less frequently on Sundays. City bus number 78 goes to the bus station in Heraklion / Iraklion. Journey time to central heraklion is around 20 minutes. Local Bus Phone Number: (0030) 2810 245020.
To get to the Centre you could take any bus from the airport which goes to the city center (tickets are about 1,50). Important is to ask for the Polytistiko Kentro and let them advise you.
Scooter-rental: It is easy to rent a scooter on Crete – you should be able to get one for about 5 euros per day, depending on how long you rent it.
Car-rental: It is very easy to rent a car on Crete – you should be able to get one for about 20-30 euros per day.
Walk: Heraklion is small enough to walk around. There is a nice wooden walking path which gets you to the beach (20 minute walk). If you follow the beach west, you will find the beach resorts of Amoudara. During August you will find bars and restaurants and shops. Most of these things are just off the beach around the main road that runs parallel to the beach.
Jump in the sea. If you want to see underwater life while cooling off, then take a mask and swim out a bit until you reach the sea-barrier – it has plenty of fish and octopus.
There is an ATM at about 5 minutes walk at Kalokerinou Str. Head downwards the Plastira Av and at the end of it go up the Kalokerinou street. The ATM is on your right hand (National Bank of Greece, NBG) almost opposite from the supermarket Chalkiadakis (Χαλκιαδάκης).
If that ATM does not work, continue upwards the Kalokerinou Str. to the center and you will find more ATM's.
Note that in Greece you often need cash – cards are rarely accepted by shops or restaurants.
Suppose your flipflops break or you want to buy a shirt: Talos is a shopping mall close to the Cultural Center. Just walk 15 minutes downwards (face the sea go left). Inside Talos you find other banks, a cinema, a souvlaki place called Yasouvlaki, coffee places like Starbucks, and fast-food places like Goodies and Yankee burgers.
The other option for shopping is to at the city centre (ask for Lions' Square / Plateia Liontarion), walk upwards Kalokerinou Str. and you will find it on your left hand.
If you want to do touristy stuff: Heraklion has old walls you can walk on (close), a nice old port and a nice center to wander around. Knossos is a famous archeological site (a bit out of town, direction south-east). Amoudara is west of Heraklion and it is (especially in summer) a touristic area with sand beach and bars. Other beautiful beaches are further out west Agia Pelagia (15k west), Fodele, Bali. If you want to see another city try Rethymno – which is 70km west of Heraklion. It will take you about an an hour by bus and has a beautiful old center and fortress. If you want to go even further, you could go to Chania the old capital of Crete, but it is far for a day trip. If you want to go south, a famous place is Matala, a beachtown facing Africa. Matala used to have a large hippy colony in the 60s and still has a lot of hippy culture. See for more options: http://www.explorecrete.com
Our first concern is to find free or really inexpensive accommodation for participants coming from Europe and mainland Greece. We strongly recommend booking your place early since August considered high season. The sooner you book the better prices we can get. Although special care will be given on accommodating as many people as possible, any special arrangements will be given on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Also you could consider Amoudara which is close by and has many cheap apartments and hotels. You could use booking.com , tripadvisor.com or airbnb.com for finding options and rates.