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 About the P3/East Methodology

The P3/East training is designed to help performers more consistently act on stage with an engaged body and imagination working as one. The practice offers: a combination and counterbalance of the physical rigor, precision, strength in power movements and “inner sensibility” of Tadashi Suzuki’s training with the delicate but still demanding requirements of balance and spaciousness in Shogo Ohta’s slow-tempo, and Hunt and Pearson’s own explorations in finding a clearer presence through breath, specificity, ki study, and silent narrative. These are unique to P3 training.


Each year workshops taught by master teachers Hunt and Pearson are offered in New York, Seattle and Chicago. These intensives employ a synthesis of the core of Suzuki training, and integrations of modern dance, Mr. Ohta’s slow tempo, circus technique, silent narrative, and a fresh response to Stanislavski’s ideas. Additional workshops serving as introduction to this training are lead by P3 Studio members across the country.


Suzuki Method

With roots in Noh and Kabuki theatre, the productions and training techniques of Japanese director, Tadashi Suzuki, were based not on the more Western ideas of psychological motivation, but rather looked to the immediate integration of the mind’s analytical prowess with the body’s articulation, expressiveness and strength. The forms are physically rigorous and demand stamina, focus and concentration.


Slow Tempo

Shogo Ohta, Japanese director, playwright and master teacher, spent over twenty years exploring gesture and the actor’s movement in three-dimensional, modern, urban space. His training and performance aesthetic evolved into an acute, nearly microscopic look at the human condition, expressed entirely in slow tempo and in silence. His practice challenges the actor to explore each moment without adornment, while increasing stamina, strength, concentration, breath control, focus, honesty and clarity.


Ki Testing

Originally introduced to the West as Chi through acupuncture, Ki is the Japanese word for mind, spirit or heart. It is the vital energy that courses through the body. Influenced by the work of Aikido masters William Reed and BJ Carlisle, Pearson has developed a series of partner exercises designed to test and refine mind-body coordination. This work helps individuals find increased ease and stability without any diminishment of theatricality and lively presence.


For more information on P3/East’s offerings for 2024 please visit the workshops page.



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