Biomechanics and the Mechanisms of Life

Lecture introducing the principles of Meyerhold's Biomechanics and their importance for the contemporary performer by Tony De Maeyer - an actor, choreographer, specialist and instructor of W. Meyerhold's Biomechanics from Belgium/Germany.

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Biomechanics and the Mechanisms of Life

Tony De Maeyer is an actor, choreographer, specialist and instructor of W. Meyerhold's Biomechanics, the Belgian Biomechanics instructor studied drama at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp (B).

In 1996 he met Gennadi N. Bogdanov in Berlin (lecturer for Biomechanics at the former GITIS in Moscow). Their long and intensive collaboration enables Tony De Maeyer to adopt Meyerhold's Biomechanics in practice. He is probably one of the few actors worldwide who has achieved the perfect assimilation of the principles of Biomechanics in his acting.

For many years, De Maeyer has been teaching and leading Biomechanics workshops at state theatre schools all over Europe.


As a Biomechanics expert, he was involved in many theatre productions at state theatres where he trained the actors, familiarized them with the principles of Biomechanics and staged body and movement. De Maeyer has set himself the task of freeing Meyerhold's Biomechanics from their overly dogmatic historical context and developing them further as a modern acting method. He considers the Biomechanics to be extremely relevant and indispensable for the craft of the actor.

A talk about the need for re-contextualisation of the Biomechanics   in order to free it from the dogmatic understandings and misunderstandings that grew from its historical context. In the second part of the talk, participants will have the opportunity to react and ask questions in a live Q&A.


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