The Director in Dialogue - online masterclass





Jurij Alschitz
on the art of dialogue in directing and teaching

Dialogical principles are the first prerequisite for the creative process. From dialogue with myself, with the text, it continues with dialogue with the actors: because if the creative process should be collaborative and creative, the task is for the director not simply to communicate his ideas well, but to unleash the creative forces of all.

The Director in Dialogue about the Dialogue

One's own dialogical competence becomes all the more important if we want to create real dialogues on stage. As we know, dialogue is more than the exchange of words between two people. It is neither limited to a number nor to language.
Dialogical competence is reflected in the artistic attitude. However, the mere expression of the will to dialogue is not enough, because we simply have to learn many things about it and make them manageable. First for ourselves, in order to then set them free in actors and learners with specific training and acting exercises.
The course for directing and pedagogy by Jurij Alschitz addresses the complex subject on the various levels of its appearance and application in individual steps. There are 2 sessions for each topic, which can also be attended independently of each other.

1. The Director’s Dialogue with the Text (8 + 10 November 15 - 18:00 UTC+1)
A director prepares – how does he achieve that the text speaks to him? He seeks dialogue, but how do you open the conversation? One understands the text, the role, words as living beings and finds the right keys to their secrets. This course opens the method of dialogical analysis.

2. The Director’s Dialogue with the Actor (15 + 17 November 15 - 18:00 UTC+1)
The Art of Directing lies in bringing this process to life in rehearsals with the actors. Again, it is the art of dialogue to awaken the creative forces of all those involved. There are many ways and forms of working to achieve this. As directors, we should have the most diverse methods at our disposal so that we can always use them purposefully. This course provides a wealth of practical exercises on actors’ dialogue skills.

3. Creating Dialogue on Stage (22 + 24 November 15 - 18:00 UTC+1)
Not all dialogue is the same. It appears in many forms, changes and plays with us as we play with it. Who knows all the possibilities? How to use them? Dialogue is one of the decisive characteristics of successful directing, especially how we skilfully “leave it to the actors”. This course uses advanced exercises to show how actors can play confidently with a wide variety of dialogue forms.

This online directing course is designed to complement the practical course "The Art of Rehearsal", which will be offered in four parts in Berlin from October 2023 to June 2024.
Young and experienced directors can put together their own comprehensive training course in a modular system according to their needs and scheduling possibilities.



8+10 | 15+17 | 22+24 November 2023
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 to Friday, November 24, 2023
320 € full programme | 120 € one thematic meeting of two days
Awarded by: 
World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT research centre of the International Theatre Institute

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