Seminar – Workshop

The Vertical of the Role

A method for the actor’s self-preparation

The artistic director Dr. Jurij Alschitz introduces a new concept of training:

Self-preparation in the hybrid format of online + stage practice

  • Individual online course / flexible enrolment
  • Guided online course in dialogue with a teacher
  • Online course in preparation towards a seminar conducted by Dr. Jurij Alschitz in Berlin from 18 – 25 April or 5 – 12 May 2017

Join the online course today or tomorrow for free!

For many years, The Vertical of the Role method has been a classic in the European Theatre. The method was created by Dr. Jurij Alschitz and over the years has been developed continuously by his team of teachers.

The focus lies in the independent actor’s preparation of the role. S/he becomes the author of the role; the encounter with the director on the film set, or on the first day of the rehearsal is at eye level. In addition, this method shows the way to the philosophical spiritual core of the character, challenging the actor to create and engage as an independent artist. The actor-artist is immediately identifiable as soon as s/he enters the stage with a specific weight. S/he pursues an internal issue echoed in their on-stage actions and language which allude to philosophical dimensions. The acting is moving beyond an everyday realism.

This change in perspective makes all the difference. It must be developed in independent and individual work, leading to a specific stage-language by opening up new energy sources of expression. If thoughts and ideas are to fly, we ourselves must take off, even if only a little bit, from the Earth.

Risk this self-experiment. Discover your individual path as artist. Prepare yourself independently in a flexible environment online.  In the practical seminar you will receive the teachers’ support to open up new ways of acting and embodiment.

Video: Alschitz_Hybrid Plattform_Vertical

You decide for yourself whether you want to develop the Vertical of the Role in the classical sense with a dramatic figure by Anton Chekhov taking one character from either The Seagull or The Cherry Orchard

Or, you leave the classical repertoire of roles behind, going one step further, and dedicate yourself to the figure Sei Shōnagon, who wrote “The Pillow Book” 1,150 years ago. This material is an additional challenge, which includes a further development of the method.

How it works:

The courses within the Hybrid Theatre Platform offer a maximum of flexibility. You are responsible for your own working rhythm and your time management.

The online course The Vertical of the Role is built in seven steps with tasks and video lectures which lead (if you decide to do so) to the 8th part: the practical seminar with Dr. Jurij Alschitz

You have three possibilities to participate in the Vertical of the Role course:

  1. Vertical BASIC   free course

You have all the freedom to experiment with the given tasks with only one rule: you must complete and submit one task before you are able to see the next

You can enter the course at any time, but bear in mind that the course closes on May 14. After this day you will not be able to continue or see further tasks should you not have reached them by that point.

  1. Vertical DIALOGUE   Enrolment fee: 70 €

In addition to all the conditions of the Vertical BASIC course you will get also feedback for each task. The trainer will answer your questions and at a certain point arrange a personal dialogue on skype.

You are free to manage your tasks how you wish and only if you wish to join in the practical part, will you need to adhere to specific deadlines as explained below.

The E-Book “the Vertical of the Role” by Jurij Alschitz is included in the fee.

  1. Vertical PRACTICAL  Seminar Tuition Fee 490 € (all conditions of DIALOGUE included)

From the moment of entry, you will engage in a 1:1 dialogue with the trainer to prepare you for one of the select practical seminars in Berlin, led by Artistic Director Dr. Jurij Alschitz and his associate teacher Christine Schmalor. You will undertake actor training specifically geared towards helping students embody a Vertical, in addition to group lessons, individual consultations and time on stage to present your research. Personal reflections and tailored advice will support students in the creation of a monologue. A well-created Vertical can be invaluable for auditioning but equally as a fundament for a mono-performance itself.

You can join this course at any time, either as an upgrade from the other courses, or by registering immediately for this course. Please keep in mind we recommend a minimum preparation time of three weeks before the practical phase begins.

 all information: Vertical_Hybrid_EN.pdf