At EÒLIA, the acting field has always benefited from its direct contact with the professional world. Everyday in their classrooms, actors, actresses, playwrights and professional directors have found (and continue to find) a space to grow and explore new concepts, either as teachers or as students.
Acting at EÒLIA takes an eclectic approach (including different techniques and styles that are constantly reevaluated and renewed) to expand the acting range of our students –aspiring actors and actresses—as much as possible, providing them with the tools and helping them discover what it is that makes them different and therefore unique as communicators and as actors.
The title of this article could, in fact, be a valid definition for the complex concept of dramaturgy. But, if in fact we want to understand its meaning, we must first define, with complete precision, each of the words that make up this statement. If not, it will be difficult to grasp its true, deeper, meaning.
We will start, therefore, with the word art, which is necessary to understand in the creative sense of course, but first we should understand it in the craft or technical sense. It is (as the dictionary puts it) a skill, an expertise that is acquired through experience, observation, study and, above all, practice. Art is, in fact, the practice of a creative expertise that has become a habit, intuition, certainty.
Between mid-2001 and late 2003 I wrote three theoretical works, all under the generic title of Game and Commitment. The connection between these three works is less obvious than what one might believe at first glance. In fact, I wrote the first of the three texts without suspecting that it would be followed by two more parts.
Estill Voice Training (voice craft) is a systematic approach to voice training that seeks to improve the efficiency of the professional singing and spoken voice.
It provides participants with tools to explore the beauty of voice through the production and practice of 13 Compulsory Figures (Level 1) and 6 Voice Qualities (Level 2).
Techniques at Eòlia
This work helps you communicate what matters with a free and powerful voice and be present while doing it. An emphasis of this work is freeing your breathing and body and integrating this freedom with the rest of your being so you become more wholly engaged with the reality of the moment.
Eòlia and the producer El Terrat have joined forces to train new acting talent specifically regarding acting for the camera. Both centers share the teaching philosophy of connecting students to the professional world from day one of their training. This is why the screenwriters, artists, acting directors, casting directors and acting coaches of El Terrat have joined Eòlia to help pass along their knowledge to future actors.
The Singing Department for Musical Theatre and Modern Music in Eòlia includes training in vocal technique and music for musical theatre and an eclectic variety of other styles. Exploring musical performance, phrasing, sonority and the dynamics of the voice, this variety aims to broaden the student’s awareness of the possibilities of the vocal instrument.
The aim is to provide students with the basic resources to awaken and strengthen their corporal and sensorial awareness. Students will become aware of their posture and movement habits, move beyond their limitations to achieve fluidity, freedom and harmony in their movements. They will also expand the capability and the possibilities inherent in this movement. A body that responds, that is available and prepared.
Students will find and train their voices by using their natural abilities (both physical and mental) and applying them to singing. Using these natural abilities as a base, students will also acquire new ones to replace any bad habits or shortcomings they may have. Students will also use this foundation in the musical and theatre performances that make up our comprehensive training. Applying the same work principle in the three areas (voice, music and theatre) will make learning easier and more effective.