Tuesday at Djerassi began with a sculpture hike and lunch. Djerassi is a beautiful, remote artists’ retreat atop a mountain in Woodside, CA and the view from the main house where today’s sessions occurred was astounding!
Ben Crystal, founder of Passion in Practice, led two sessions. The first taught techniques and exercises that Passion in Practice uses to build ensemble and explore Shakespeare, most notably an exercise where actors use bamboo sticks to create physical tension between characters (see photos below). The second taught the basics of Original Pronunciation, a reconstruction of the accent that would have been spoken by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.