Masterclass: Athanasios Karanikolas
Masterclass on Monday 21st October at 16.00 at Goethe Institut Athen. Open to the public, mostly addressed to actors and directors.
“The Sanford Meisner Acting Technique”
«Acting is about reproducing honest emotional human reactions»
«The best acting is made up of spontaneous responses to the actor’s immediate surroundings»
Athanasios Karanikolas introduces us to the Meisner thinking and the Meisner system of acting exercises. This is a series of acting exercises that originate in the basic principles of Stanislavski’s theory with regard to the actor’s job. The Sanford Meisner technique evolved at the same time as those of Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg and is aimed at helping actors perform honestly and spontaneously free of possible anxieties and fears. Meisner believes that in order for actors to fulfill their potential and their skills they have to allow themselves to make mistakes and to put aside any aspirations to perform on stage the “right” way.
Karanikolas uses this series of exercises in his own work and at the same time teaches it to state and private acting and directing schools in Berlin.
During this masterclass, the director will work with actors Maria Kallimani and Marissa Triantafyllidi in order to present some of the technique’s exercises while also showing excerpts of his new film with the working title “Home – Work”. This is the first fiction feature film Karanikolas made in Greece and it finished shooting in August 2013. The film stars Maria Kallimani and Marissa Triantafyllidi and they will speak about how they experienced the effect of these exercises during filming.
The masterclass is addressed mainly to professional or amateur actors who would like to attend or participate as well as to directors.
Collaborating in the masterclass:
Maria Kallimani (actress)
Marissa Triantafyllidi (actress)