workshops


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THEATRE LAB
physical and vocal training
creation tools for actors

The laboratory is directed to theatre actors and physical performers.
The purpose is to create a group of people who train together towards a performative result. It is necessary the group to be fixed and keep the same through the whole duration of the laboratory in order to promote the mutual trust on each other and on the work and to help the individual development through the group experience. Every meeting is divided into two parts. The first part concentrates on the actor’s physical and vocal training and the second part is dedicated on composition/creation.
(36h/ 48h)
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PHYSICAL AND VOCAL TRAINING FOR ACTORS
The training is directed to theatre actors and directors.

The class is divided into two parts. The first part concentrates on the actor’s physical and vocal training and the second part is dedicated on composition/creation.
Through an intense body/mind connection, the exploration of different qualities of energy and the experience of uncomfortable zones in the body and voice, the training aims to help the actor break his automatisms and reach a stage expression beyond his physical habits and clichés.
The actor will work not towards a body that moves, but towards a body free of personal blockings and transparent enough to communicate a story, through movement or stillness.
The training is based on the technique of physical and vocal actions and exercises the ability of the actor to treat his physical and vocal instrument with conscience, detail and precision, as well as to engage his body and mind in acting (to act= to realize actions)- not in description, nor pretension. Through real actions (movements with real impulses) the actor will focus on how to build his own presence on stage.

Contents:
o Training: body/mind connection, spherical awareness, breathing, rhythm, flow, resistance, energy, concentration, balance/unbalance, work with weight
o Creation: difference movement/action, construction of physical and vocal scores of actions, interaction between organic and narrative dramaturgy, repetition, relation body/space, improvisation/connection between text/body.
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CREATION TOOLS FOR ACTORS
The workshop proposes different ways of using the physical and vocal instrument of the actor in order to discover, elaborate and transmit the emotional state of the theatre character. It aspires to provide the actor with the right tools to explore his body and voice potentials in order to create a theatre character,

Areas of research:
– body and space relation
– feet: placement and moving of weight, relation with the ground, balance/unbalance
– palms: actions/ hidden actions
– breathing in relation to physical/vocal action
– rhythm, flow/break of flow of movement
– materials and resistance of movement
– connection theatre text and actor’s voice
– contrapuntos in body and dramaturgy
– difference movement/action, form/information
– precision in construction of physical/vocal scores of actions
– from physical awareness to actor’s presence
(9-12h)
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THE DRAMATURGY OF THE ACTOR
The dramaturgy of the actor is the organic dramaturgy of the performance and concerns the way of composing and interweaving the dynamisms, the rhythms and the physical and vocal actions of the actors, in order to stimulate sensorially the attention of the spectator. (Eugenio Barba)

The workshop proposes an exploration on different processes of self-creation: the generation of organic material and the procedure of montage and final elaboration.
It parts from the principle that, the actor’s body must be studied with conscience, aiming towards both the physical awareness in movement, and the body/mind connection that permits the expression to exceed the form, and the actor to acquire a powerful presence.
We work simultaneously towards 2 directions:
Vertical direction: the connection between movement and its’ internal necessity (impulse), stretching the difference between form and in/formation.
Horizontal direction: the technique of montage of different images in an evocative way.
The participants will create individually scores of physical and vocal actions that can be repeated with detail and precision and be able to communicate a story, through a dynamic narration.
(36h)
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SOLO PERFORMANCE
the actor directing himself

The workshop focuses on the creation of a solo theatre performance.
It accompanies the participant from the composition of physical and vocal material, till the moment of elaboration and montage of these materials into a performance that communicates a story through leaps of associations.
Direct yourself in a solo performance requires be creator and spectator at the same time. That is, find the right balance between, the sense that the performance has for you as an actor, and the associations that your actions aspire to awake to the spectator.
Think at the same time in terms of actions and associations, images, costumes, objects, space and lights.
Undertake the inner travel of the creator, while being responsible of a composition that addresses the inner universe of the spectator.
In the end of the workshop, every participant will have created a solo theatre performance with the materials generated in the workshop.
(36h)