THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL
DEMIDOV SUMMER SCHOOL
will take place in the science community of Pushchino, near Moscow, from June 27 to July 24, 2018
The International Demidov Summer School was organized in July 2017, in answer to the growing interest, in Russia and abroad, toward the creative heritage of Nikolai Demidov (1884-1953). An outstanding Russian theater teacher, Demidov was one of the closest associates of Konstantin Stanislavsky; Demidov’s own unique method originated more than 70 years ago in the depths of the Stanislavsky System. The Second International Demidov Summer School is a new step forward in creating an annual intensive, dedicated to the Demidov Organic Inner Technique. At the Summer School, theatre professionals and students from Russia and from the West, train alongside each other. In contrast to modern theatrical and cinematic trends, those based on spectacle and special effects, the Demidov School gives preference to the creative individuality of the artist. Today, the Demidov inner technique is a practical key toward resurrection and further development of the rich Russian psychological theater tradition.
The essence of the Demidov technique is rooted in the culture of creative freedom. The Demidov School teaches actors how to listen to their own creative individuality, while following artistic instincts. The Demidov internal technique cleanses the channels of actors’ perception, stimulating an unhindered flow of subconscious creativity. The “Demidov etudes” foster actors’ spontaneity and emotional responsivity. They develop a performer’s readiness to surrender to the given circumstances, and to fully immerse in character
The Demidov School cultivates a habit of independent creativity, both in acting homework, and in rehearsals. It trains the actor who can become an equal collaborator to the director, and co-creator of the performance.
(teaching will be conducted in Russian)
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, winner of the International Stanislavsky Award
and of the Tsaryov Prize, Professor and Head of the Acting Program at St. Petersburg
Russian State Institute of the Performing Arts, chairman of the Theater Teachers’ Council
(of the Russian Theatre Union), artistic director of the St. Petersburg Etude-Theater,
author of Open Pedagogy, Open Pedagogy – 2, and other books.
Veniamin Filshtinsky has made a significant contribution to promoting Demidov in Russia,
thus ensuring that his heritage receives the attention and study it deserves. At the
Demidov Summer School, Professor Filshtinsky will teach classes in Stanislavsky technique,
in its contemporary practical application, thus justifying Demidov’s own confession that
“... his new school has been born in the depth of the ‘Stanislavsky System,’ and has
developed as its natural and inevitable extension”.
Veniamin Filshtinsky brought Stanislavsky’s heritage to faculty and students at leading
theatre schools in Poland, Romania, USA, Spain and Finland.
Andrei Malaev-Babel will teach a course dedicated to the Demidov School.
His experience: Professor of Florida State University (FSU) and of New College of Florida, the Head of Acting for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, winner of the Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots' (KSORS) Award in the nomination “For Special Contribution to the Advancement of Popular Diplomacy", member of the Board of Directors of the Michael Chekhov Association (New York), member of the Stanislavsky Centre’s Advisory Committee (UK), member of “Arti Dello Spettacolo-Performing Arts” journal’s Scientific Council (Italy), nominee for the Helen Hayes Award (Washington, D.C.), author and editor of books and journal articles on the masters of Russian Theater: Nikolai Demidov, Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Michael Chekhov and Alexandra Remizova.