Delsarte System of Expression

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Widely credited as an originator of modern dramatic arts, little-known Frenchman François Delsarte began his career by moving to Paris in 1825 to become a singer. The fates, however, had other ideas for his life. Only a few years into his studies, bad instruction from his tutors ruined his
vocal cords and so was lost his tenor voice. Faced with an artistic crossroads, Delsarte found inspiration in his failure as a singer, and dedicated the remainder of his life to understanding Art through movement, bearing, and gesture. He produced a system of understanding how movements of the body express the ideas of the mind and the emotions of the soul.

His observations lead to the first serious systematization of the theatrical arts, as understood in European society of the industrial age. His pupils carried this system over to America, where it was formalized in a book by actor Genevieve Stebbins. From her writings, his ideas spread around the country, finding eager audiences in theater, gymnastics programs, and the budding modern dance movement. Finally, after centuries of development, we find can even echoes of his teachings in contemporary exercise yoga. Did you know that when yoga was adapted to Western tastes, it fused Hindu spiritual techniques with poses from Western gymnastics? Nameste, indeed!

In these lessons, we will go all the way back to 19th century to see what Delsarte himself has to say about expression. The lessons will be based upon his work, as written down in Genevieve Stebbins’ Delsarte System of Expression. Although not strictly a “dancing” class, the ideas we will work on can immediately be used to improve one’s dancing in any dance.
 

No prior experience required. No partner necessary. This session is progressive, which means that it builds upon each previous lesson. 15zł/class.

Semester starts on Tuesday, January 14th, at 19.15h.