The Stanislavski Centre presents
The Stanislavski Centre/Routledge Annual Lecture 2018
@ The Rose Theatre, Rose Bruford College, Sidcup DA15 9DF.
Wednesday 30th May at 19.00
Konstantin Stanislavski and Nikolai Demidov: Dialogue on Creative Subconscious
Prof. Andrei Malaev-Babel
One of the first three teachers of the Stanislavski System, Nikolai Demidov (1884-1953) was the original editor of Stanislavsky’s seminal book An Actor’s Work (An Actor Prepares). He co-founded the Fourth Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre, and served as the founding director of the Moscow Art Theatre School. As Stanislavsky’s close collaborator for over 30 years, Demidov was a professionally trained psychiatrist, and a specialist in esoteric disciplines, including yoga. Since 1909, Demidov shared with Stanislavski the materials on modern and classical psychology, eastern esoteric traditions, Christian Orthodox Hesychasm, as well as his own groundbreaking writings and experiments in organic acting technique. Under Demidov’s influence, Stanislavski authored the final chapter of An Actor’s Work: The Subconscious and the Actor’s Creative State. Professor Malaev-Babel’s lecture concentrates on the history of a creative relationship between Stanislavski and Demidov, including their dialogue on the role of the subconscious in an actor’s process.
Andrei Malaev-Babel is the Head of Acting at the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He served as the Producing Artistic Director for the Stanislavsky Theater Studio (STS), an award-winning company and conservatory in Washington, DC, where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as an Outstanding Director. His one-man show, Babel: How It Was Done in Odessa, has been presented in the US and abroad, including the UN-produced presentation in Moscow. Mr. Malaev-Babel’s reputation as one of the leading experts on Russian theater and acting techniques, have brought him special engagements and commissions from institutions such as The World Bank, The Smithsonian Institution, Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (St. Petersburg), Stanford University, the Latin American Film Festival (Brazil), The Study Centre for Documentary Research into European Theatre and Opera (Italy), The Odessa Philharmonic (Ukraine), Young Vic Theatre, and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK). He is an author, editor and contributor to several books on the key figures of Russian theatre, such as Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Michael Chekhov and Nikolai Demidov. He serves on the board of the Michael Chekhov Association in NYC, and on the advisory board of Rose Bruford College’s Stanislavski Centre. Andrei Malaev-Babel is a graduate of the renowned Vakhtangov Theater Institute in Moscow, Russia. He trained and worked under Alexandra Remizova, co-founder of the Vakhtangov Theater, Stanislavsky’s student and Vakhtangov’s protégé.
This event is sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
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