Zero Zone praxis for Performing Arts

Zero Zone praxis training is on how to enhance the performing flow and avoid stage fright
Zero Zone praxis is a self-cultivation praxis that helps tackle ego-based conflicts during the rehearsal period in Performing Arts and avoid stage fright manifestations in the actor-director dyad. By practising ZZ praxis, a performer achieves a profound uninterrupted performing flow and moves to a higher level of consciousness in his performance. This creates a powerful contact with the spectator, and both receive an unforgettable experience from the show. Alongside the training, in the case of the production, an actor-director dyad employs here cultivating directing mode. In repeating rehearsal cycles, the director supports the actor to achieve extra strong concentration and helps them to create personal conviction of artistic truth. This makes their performance effectively intimate, talkative, robust and profound.
Zero Zone praxis is an idiosyncratic practice which fuses Stanislavskian actor training and directing craft with the perceptual exercises from Yogic techniques and philosophical principles (Abhyasa and Vairagya, Yamas and Niyamas). Zero Zone Praxis training for Performing Arts encourages the perceptual entering to the character, creating awareness about time and focusing and introducing different levels of consciousness to use them for more profound creation in Performing Arts. It is about creating a robust performing flow, which carries the performer and provides real enjoyment from performing. The Zero Zone Praxis training has three stages for exercises and techniques and the lecture format to create an intellectual understanding of the essence of the praxis. The best result will be achieved with repetitive training and use in practice. 

The First Stage: The Stairs

External, psychophysical

This preparation level can be used as a warm-up for rehearsal, in which a shared space will be created. The exercises provide an embodied understanding of psychophysical insight: what are the tools for improving self-confidence and connection with a partner, and how it works? How to create a performing flow.

The Second Stage: The Entrance 

I have introverted Kinaesthetic awareness in use.

The techniques at this level are turning external focus (from physical doing) inward, tuning one to be more intimate, peaceful and thereby more precise, present and aware of the inner processes for differentiation and sharpening perception. 

The Third Stage: Zero Zone Dynamics

This intellectual knowledge is given in lecture-discussion mode.

While the first two levels are carried by curiosity and gradually progressing awareness, supported by personal insights private to every participant, the third level frames everything together: the reasons, the destination, the path and the result.

Zero Zone praxis training aims to contribute to the performer’s training and performing quality in terms of a better understanding of using the bodymind. Furthermore, the results can be applied to performers and directors in training as a preventive tool for alleviating fear in rehearsing and producing in the performing arts.

WORKSHOP

In this series of workshops, one will learn and train:

To concentrate properly

To create deep contact

To distinct precisely one’s personal emotions from the character’s ones and will learn how to guide them

A unique experience of time

To create, explore and implement truthful communication between the characters.

How to create artistic conflict between the characters and thereby both significant and more minor events of the play

How to decrease the pretending and replace it with being in one’s performing craft

To understand different levels of consciousness and shift between them easily and

How to not fear to do so

Using a deeper level of connection and creating a profound performing flow

 And thereby

How to keep our innovation and passion alive toward performing art as a creation

How to prevent, avoid or alleviate stage fright and performing anxiety

What is the essence of the de-rolling process/technique

How to prevent the conflicts both in ensemble and internally with self

And most importantly-

How to discover and develop your unique individual quality!

Theatre can affect the actors’ and spectators’ consciousness not only indirectly, through the expressed levels of consciousness, but also directly on the level of pure consciousness. If the means of acting thus allow the actor to perform while maintaining the experience of pure consciousness, the resulting mode of acting will directly impact on the level of pure consciousness of the spectators (Meyer-Dinkgräfe, 2005: 195).

Zero Zone Praxis Training

Flow is a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorption in an activity.
It is easy to reach one, an achievement is to stay in one.

Inquiry for Signature Training

ZZ praxis workshop can be held online or on-site in individual or group mode. Kindly let us know about your or your ensemble needs by sending us a message. After mapping your needs, we can agree on the training scope and timeline.
Sincerely yours, Tamur Tohver