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Yat Malmgren (28 March 1916 – 6 June 2002) was a Swedish dancer and acting teacher, born in Gävle, Sweden to Gustaf Sigurd Eriksson and Signe Emma Maria Malmgren.

Yat Malmgren
Born
Gert Olof Sigurd Eriksson

(1916-03-28)28 March 1916
Died6 June 2002(2002-06-06) (aged 86)
OccupationDancer, acting teacher

Born Gert Olof Sigurd Eriksson, he changed his surname due to a strained relationship with his father, to Malmgren, which was his mother's maiden name. He became known as Yat rather than Gert when he lived in England because of difficulties with the Swedish pronunciation of the letter G.

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At 16 Malmgren intended to become a priest, but was dissuaded by his father. Instead in 1935 he began training as an actor with Julia Hakanson of the Svenska Teatern, and the following year as a dancer with Sven Trop, Ballet Master of the Royal Opera in Stockholm. In 1938 he went to Berlin to train with Eugenie Edwardova, former character dancer with Pavlova, and with Trude Engelhardt of the Mary Wigman company. While still in training he gave solo recitals throughout Sweden, followed in 1939-40 by solo recitals in Stockholm, Berlin, Warsaw and Paris where he began studying with Mme Preobrajenska. He was awarded the Gold medal at the Concours de la Danse in Brussels in 1939 and was spotted by Kurt Jooss who invited him to join Ballets Jooss based at Dartington Hall. It was here that he first met Rudolf Laban with whom he later collaborated in developing his theory of Movement Psychology. During the war he toured as a soloist with Ballets Jooss throughout the British Isles, Ireland, Canada, North and South America. He left the company in Buenos Ayres and spent the rest of the war period in Brazil, partnering the ballerina Nini Theilade in solo recitals and opening a movement school in Rio de Janeiro.

He returned to Europe in 1947 to give recitals in Sweden and Finland with Nini Theilade. In 1948 he was invited to join the International Ballet Company as premier danseur, and continued his training with Judith Espinosa in London, and Mmes Preobrajenska and Egorova in Paris. He appeared as 'the Baron' in Gaite Parisienne opposite the choreographer Massine, in his old role. A season at Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro with Tatiana Leskova in 1950 was followed by tours throughout Britain and Europe.

In 1954, following a serious injury he was forced to retire as a dancer, and began teaching classes at the International School of Ballet in London. The actor Harold Lang persuaded him to start giving movement classes in the Anna Northcote studio in West Street, Covent Garden, and actors including Sean Connery, Diane Cilento, Patricia Neal, Gillian Lynne, Brian Bedford and Anthony Hopkins together with directors Tony Richardson, Bill Gaskill, Alexsander Mackendrick and Seth Holt all attended. He worked privately with Sean Connery for a year who appeared in 'Anna Christie' in Oxford, and particularly as Dionysus in Euripides's the Bacchae before his first success as James Bond.

Malmgren was a key figure at the Drama Centre London along with co-founder Christopher Fettes, John and Catherine Blatchley (Clouzot), Harold Lang and Doreen Cannon. His teaching approach drew from the applied psychology of movement developed by Laban. Malmgren's method of character development is concerned with a technique for expressing the inner state of a character through movement, and is a synthesis of Laban's theory of movement expression, C.G. Jung's character types (published in 1923) and key principles of acting established by Constantin Stanislavski. Malmgren taught a number of famous actors including: Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Anthony Hopkins, Andrew Tiernan, Geraldine James, Helen McCrory, Paul Bettany, Russell Brand, Anne-Marie Duff, John Simm, Sean Harris, Andrew Pleavin, Diane Cilento, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy.

Christopher Fettes' book 'A Peopled Labyrinth - an Analysis of the Actor's Craft' (The Laban-Carpenter ‘Theory of Movement Psychology’ adapted and brought to completion by Yat Malmgren) (GFCA, 2015) describes Malmgren's system in depth, with numerous examples from classical plays and literature. An article describing the main features of Malmgren's approach to actor training, and bringing these up to date with aspects of contemporary thinking on cognitive science is Vladimir Mirodan, 'Acting the Metaphor - The Laban-Malmgren system of movement psychology and character analysis', Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2015. In his book 'The Actor and the Character' (Routledge, 2019) Mirodan also looks at Malmgren's work in the wider context of the relationship between the personalities of actors and the nature of the fictional character. The system is also described in detail in two PhD theses. The first, entitled "The Way of Transformation (The Laban – Malmgren System of Character Analysis)" is by Vladimir Mirodan, Principal of the Drama Centre 2001-2011. This thesis is available online through the British Library. The second, entitled "The Knowing Body: Meaning and method in Yat Malmgren's actor training technique" is by Janys Hayes and is available through the National Library of Australia.

Several institutions around the world teach the method developed by Malmgren, which has come to be known as the "Yat" method of character analysis. These institutions include - in London, the Drama Centre, James Kemp's Effort Productions, the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting (GFCA also has centres in Paris, New York, Los Angeles), and Central School of Speech and Drama; Schott Acting Studio in Berlin; Gothenburg University - where Yat became an honorary doctor, in Sweden; the late Penelope Chater taught in Toronto and Australia for 30 years; Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and the University of Wollongong in New South Wales; and Tom Bentley-Fisher's Yat/Bentley Centre for Performance in the United States and Canada. His work also influences training in Israel, Peru, Iran, Brazil, and Iceland, amongst many others.

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Yat Malmgren Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Yat Malmgren news newspapers books scholar JSTOR July 2015 Learn how and when to remove this template message Yat Malmgren 28 March 1916 6 June 2002 was a Swedish dancer and acting teacher born in Gavle Sweden to Gustaf Sigurd Eriksson and Signe Emma Maria Malmgren Yat MalmgrenBornGert Olof Sigurd Eriksson 1916 03 28 28 March 1916 Gavle SwedenDied6 June 2002 2002 06 06 aged 86 London England United KingdomOccupationDancer acting teacher Born Gert Olof Sigurd Eriksson he changed his surname due to a strained relationship with his father to Malmgren which was his mother s maiden name He became known as Yat rather than Gert when he lived in England because of difficulties with the Swedish pronunciation of the letter G Contents 1 Early life and performing career 2 Teaching career 3 Publications 4 References 5 External linksEarly life and performing career EditAt 16 Malmgren intended to become a priest but was dissuaded by his father Instead in 1935 he began training as an actor with Julia Hakanson of the Svenska Teatern and the following year as a dancer with Sven Trop Ballet Master of the Royal Opera in Stockholm In 1938 he went to Berlin to train with Eugenie Edwardova former character dancer with Pavlova and with Trude Engelhardt of the Mary Wigman company While still in training he gave solo recitals throughout Sweden followed in 1939 40 by solo recitals in Stockholm Berlin Warsaw and Paris where he began studying with Mme Preobrajenska He was awarded the Gold medal at the Concours de la Danse in Brussels in 1939 and was spotted by Kurt Jooss who invited him to join Ballets Jooss based at Dartington Hall It was here that he first met Rudolf Laban with whom he later collaborated in developing his theory of Movement Psychology During the war he toured as a soloist with Ballets Jooss throughout the British Isles Ireland Canada North and South America He left the company in Buenos Ayres and spent the rest of the war period in Brazil partnering the ballerina Nini Theilade in solo recitals and opening a movement school in Rio de Janeiro He returned to Europe in 1947 to give recitals in Sweden and Finland with Nini Theilade In 1948 he was invited to join the International Ballet Company as premier danseur and continued his training with Judith Espinosa in London and Mmes Preobrajenska and Egorova in Paris He appeared as the Baron in Gaite Parisienne opposite the choreographer Massine in his old role A season at Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro with Tatiana Leskova in 1950 was followed by tours throughout Britain and Europe In 1954 following a serious injury he was forced to retire as a dancer and began teaching classes at the International School of Ballet in London The actor Harold Lang persuaded him to start giving movement classes in the Anna Northcote studio in West Street Covent Garden and actors including Sean Connery Diane Cilento Patricia Neal Gillian Lynne Brian Bedford and Anthony Hopkins together with directors Tony Richardson Bill Gaskill Alexsander Mackendrick and Seth Holt all attended He worked privately with Sean Connery for a year who appeared in Anna Christie in Oxford and particularly as Dionysus in Euripides s the Bacchae before his first success as James Bond Teaching career EditMalmgren was a key figure at the Drama Centre London along with co founder Christopher Fettes John and Catherine Blatchley Clouzot Harold Lang and Doreen Cannon His teaching approach drew from the applied psychology of movement developed by Laban Malmgren s method of character development is concerned with a technique for expressing the inner state of a character through movement and is a synthesis of Laban s theory of movement expression C G Jung s character types published in 1923 and key principles of acting established by Constantin Stanislavski Malmgren taught a number of famous actors 1 2 3 including Sean Connery 4 5 Pierce Brosnan 6 Colin Firth 7 8 Anthony Hopkins Andrew Tiernan Geraldine James Helen McCrory Paul Bettany Russell Brand 9 10 Anne Marie Duff 11 John Simm 12 Sean Harris Andrew Pleavin 13 Diane Cilento 14 Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy 15 Publications EditChristopher Fettes book A Peopled Labyrinth an Analysis of the Actor s Craft The Laban Carpenter Theory of Movement Psychology adapted and brought to completion by Yat Malmgren 16 GFCA 2015 describes Malmgren s system in depth with numerous examples from classical plays and literature An article describing the main features of Malmgren s approach to actor training and bringing these up to date with aspects of contemporary thinking on cognitive science is Vladimir Mirodan Acting the Metaphor The Laban Malmgren system of movement psychology and character analysis Theatre Dance and Performance Training Journal Vol 6 Issue 1 2015 In his book The Actor and the Character Routledge 2019 Mirodan also looks at Malmgren s work in the wider context of the relationship between the personalities of actors and the nature of the fictional character The system is also described in detail in two PhD theses The first entitled The Way of Transformation The Laban Malmgren System of Character Analysis is by Vladimir Mirodan Principal of the Drama Centre 2001 2011 This thesis is available online through the British Library 17 The second entitled The Knowing Body Meaning and method in Yat Malmgren s actor training technique is by Janys Hayes and is available through the National Library of Australia 18 Several institutions around the world teach the method developed by Malmgren which has come to be known as the Yat method of character analysis These institutions include in London the Drama Centre James Kemp s Effort Productions the Giles Foreman Centre for Acting GFCA also has centres in Paris New York Los Angeles and Central School of Speech and Drama Schott Acting Studio in Berlin Gothenburg University where Yat became an honorary doctor in Sweden the late Penelope Chater taught in Toronto and Australia for 30 years Australia s National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and the University of Wollongong in New South Wales and Tom Bentley Fisher s Yat Bentley Centre for Performance in the United States and Canada His work also influences training in Israel Peru Iran Brazil and Iceland amongst many others References Edit Famous Graduates Drama Centre London Fettes Christopher June 13 2002 Yat Malmgren The Guardian Background Information Yat Malmgren Sean Connery Biography Connery Sean Being a Scot Phoenix p 46 ISBN 978 0753826317 Pierce Brosnan Trivia Margolies Danny 10 December 2003 Firth class Backstage West Alison Maloney Colin Firth The Biography Michael O Mara pp 39 40 ISBN 9781843176886 Hitchcock Henrietta 7 February 2013 Russell Brand From Essex to LA Arts London News Brand Russell My Booky Wook Hodder Paperbacks pp 158 162 181 185 194 ISBN 978 0340936177 Kellaway Kate 19 May 2013 Anne Marie Duff I wondered if I should lie about my background The Observer for The Guardian Drama Centre London Prospectus 2012 13 PDF Andrew Pleavin Biography Diane Cilento Post Production Script Haydock James Tom Hardy Dark Star Rising John Blake Publishing p 13 ISBN 9781857826678 Fettes Christopher 2015 A Peopled Labyrinth the Histrionic Sense an Analysis of the Actor s Craft GFCA Publishing p 360 ISBN 978 0 9932775 0 4 Mirodan Vladimir 1997 The way of transformation the Laban Malmgren system of dramatic character analysis copac jisc ac uk PhD thesis OCLC 557338954 EThOS uk bl ethos 285166 Hayes Janys The Knowing Body meaning and method in Yat Malmgren s actor training technique PhD thesis 2008External links EditYat Malmgren at IMDb Fettes C 1989 The Drama Centre London in E Mekler ed Masters of the Stage British Acting Teachers Talk about their Craft Grove Weidenfeld New York pp 71 78 ISBN 978 0802110305 Kendall D 1984 Actor training in Australia Meanjin vol 43 no 1 pp 155 160 Mirodan V 2013 After the Revolution A History of Drama Centre London Part I A Hampstead Revolution Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London O Connor B 2001 Mapping training mapping performance current trends in Australian actor training in I Watson ed Performer Training Developments Across Cultures Harwood Academic Amsterdam pp 47 60 ISBN 978 9057551512 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yat Malmgren amp oldid 1003520966, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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