Michael Chekhov Module 3
The Character’s Spine
The Psychological Gesture is probably the most famous tool of Michael Chekhov’s acting technique. It is a psycho-physical movement that awakens the actor’s inner life. It serves as a key to the essential features of the character and enables the actor to express and embody the character’s objectives. Stirring our will power, the Psychological Gesture gives the will a definite direction, awakens feelings, and gives us a condensed version of the character and his/her relationships.
Gestures and Qualities: The ‘What’ and the ‘How’ – Objectives – Psychological Gesture of the character – Archetypes – Relationships – The character’s breath – Scene study