Pictures of Tintern Abbey courtesy of Sebastian Lister.
Who we are
Maria Lagos and Jim Whiteford worked for about ten years in London and Edinburgh as theatre directors, acting teachers and producers. We underwent a very intense, unique and challenging training combining the traditions of Russian excellence with a search for new understanding in the art of acting - bear with us, this is relevant! While the Science of Acting was an innovative and creative acting technique, it was also the basis for a model of consciousness that allowed many of those involved with it the chance to perceive life and their world view with a profound, often highly liberating, understanding. The process of creating a character within this framework involved multi-layered analysis of human behaviour and relationships, and the connection between the actor and the role she played was a crucial aspect of this work. As a director working in this way, one had to have the ability to both analyse and understand the behaviour of the characters in the play, but also the work of the actors. One had to be able to guide actors towards the best use of their talent, and also help them in the event of something in their own personal life hindering the creation of the role. In summary, we have a combined 20 years experience of talking with people of all ages and backgrounds about all issues that relate to their behaviour and perceptions of life, including some very private and sensitive experiences, and assisting them from a position of responsibility in overcoming difficulties associated with these issues. During our time as directors and teachers, we were often praised and thanked for the quality and integrity of our work.
However, after some time it became clear that the Science of Acting did not have all the answers, and we sought further expansion of the knowledge we had gained. For a while our careers took us slightly away from theatre and towards film - where creativity and technology were fusing in interesting ways, and politics - where the role of director was discussed in many ways and apparently up for grabs.
In 2005 we uprooted and moved with our children to the countryside in Sweden. Since living here we have been involved with a number of freelance projects including theatre, script-writing, animation and opera. We have also continued our search for understanding and meaning in life, and felt like now was a good time to return to the field of consulting with this new, online service.
Why is the site called Tintern Motion? In 1798 William Wordsworth returned after some absence to a favourite spot in the countryside overlooking an old abbey - Tintern Abbey. He was inspired to write a poem on the profound influence of nature, and that poem has been a source of calm, vision and inspiration to us for many years. You can read the full text of the poem here.
The key lines which led to the name of this site are:
And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man:
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things.
And what's with the spirals? Many things in nature surprise and delight us, fill us with wonder. Spirals are one of those fascinating shapes that recur throughout the natural universe, somehow combining elements of simplicity, dynamism, mathematics, music and infinity. What the symbolism may be is for each person to decide themselves, but they seem to fit with what we're about.