My study compares the motion systems of Meyerhold’s biomechanics and Contact Improvisation, and their respective uses of the body. It appears that the two systems are opposites, but a closer look reveals their similar foundations and points of connections in their approach to the body. The comparative nature of this research suggests exciting possibilities for teaching movement in actors’ training. My goal is not only to outline the analytical comparison between the two systems, but also to answers the questions of what kinds of perspectives Contact Improvisation offers for Meyerhold’s formalist biomechanics, and in what ways the biomechanical analysis of a contact improvisation movement pathway can contribute to the actors’ technical knowledge of movement and their choreographic creativity. Although the recommendations I deducted from my research have a practical application, they are theoretical in nature.
How to cite: Theatron 16, 2. sz. (2022): 26–33.
Cím/Title (HUN): A mejerholdi biomechanika és a kontaktimprovizáció (Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem, Budapest)
Cím/Title (ENG): Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and Contact Improvisation
Keywords: biomechanics, contact improvisation, “etudes”, phases of movement, equilibrium, responsiveness