Double Edge Introductory Workshop!
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This workshop offers a four-hour introduction to Double Edge Theatre's 30-year-old training methodology, which is the cornerstone of the company's collaborative process. Training will be led by members from the Double Edge ensemble, and will incorporate physical elements, work with large objects, and improvisation. The company's training technique began in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with Founder/Artistic Director Stacy Klein's studies with Rena Mirecka, lead actress of Polish director Jerzy Grotowski's Teatr Laboratorium. Over time, Klein and the Double Edge ensemble created a unique, holistic methodology, employing the actor's full potential physical, vocal, emotional, and imaginative to drive individual exploration, ensemble collaboration, and performance creation. The company's training methodology has attracted students from all over the US and the world to learn innovative techniques that enable them to physically and visually craft an original theatrical landscape.
Double Edge Theatre's mission is to create a 'living culture' by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance based on the long-term imaginative work of actors and their interaction with the communities where the work takes place. The company's goal is to elevate the creation and understanding of artistic expression and cultural mutuality between artists and communities. Founded in 1982 by Stacy Klein, the company applies rigorous physical training and the principle of the actor's autonomy to create work in an ensemble, laboratory setting. Double Edge's original performances are highly physical, immersive events that are lush and dreamlike, nuanced and emotional, and are created by an ensemble of multi-talented artists who have worked together over many years. These works tour nationally and internationally, offering opportunities for reciprocal exchange between artists and audiences. Double Edge cultivates a permanent center for performance, training, research, and cultural exchange in rural Ashfield, MA, at its Farm Center. The company leads year-round multi-disciplinary training programs for new and emerging artists, hosts residenciesand rural/international symposia, and creates annual indoor/outdoor traveling Summer Spectacles.
Open Training Lorena Loubsky
Summer Intensive and The Grand Parade images Maria Baranova
Double Edge Introductory Workshop is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center's Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission's Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.
The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visit www.somarts.org.
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