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Moon Fool
Studio 210
San Francisco, CA
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Moon Fool
We are proud to present new work by Moon Fool and the ACT (Actor-Chorus-Text) ensemble on tour for the first time in California and led by emerging UK director, Anna-Helena McLean, also known for her former role as lead in Electra with the Polish experimental theatre company Gardzienice. This critically acclaimed multi disciplinary company will open the evening with a demo of their latest work, performed by two members of the ACT ensemble, Anirudh Nair from New Delhi and Chris-Gerard Heyward from South Carolina followed by scenes from Anna-Helena's performance with cello, voice and looping.

STORM is the result of five days exploring ideas for a wholly immersive and provocative spectacle performed by four soloists and an eleven piece choir due for site specific and festival touring in 2014. Just three members of this prime team will trigger an explosive and elemental world with physical and vocal participatory performance and complex dynamic live vocal scores exploring scenes and new writing inspired by The Tempest.

TITANIA is an innovative re-imagining of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In this engaging, funny and participatory production, the much-loved Queen of the night plays out events from her past, hosting nightly revels in an attempt to woo audiences off the path and back into the woods. A heady fusion of original music and vocal acrobatics, Titania is the Queen of the Faeries' tale with an amplified twist.

MASTERCLASS:  Direct from Europe, this taster session is an ideal introduction to the rich and intensive training that UK director, Anna-Helena McLean brings to California for the first time, rooted in 7 years as a core member of Poland's Gardzienice Centre. Co-led by Actor-Chorus-Text ensemble members Anirudh Nair and Chris-Gerard Heyward this masterclass is suitable for people from all backgrounds. Participants get a dynamic feel for the breath, rhythm, music & song, partner work, speech & word, the art of the hands - gesture, ensemble play and physicality that Moon Fool has developed through extensive practical research into archetypes in Shakespeare and cross disciplinary exchange.

About the Instructor:

Anna-Helena McLain: Artistic Director, Moon Fool
On graduating in Music & Drama from Royal Holloway, Anna-Helena became a principal member of leading experimental physical theatre company Gardzienice in Poland for 7 years. Her performances included Metamorphoses & Electra (La Mama NYC 02/04; Meyerhold Centre Moscow 03; Barbican London 06). Creative Founder & Artistic Director of Moon Fool, Actor - Chorus - Text (ACT) and ACT Youth she leads international music & theatre exchange work worldwide. She previously worked as composer & ensemble trainer for Helena Kaut-Howsen's Yerma with Kathryn Hunter in 2005, the outdoor physical theatre company Periplum on Arqieum (Royal National Theatre 2006), Company Collisions Nothing Left To Lose (London International Mime Festival 2007), Cora Bissett's Glasgow Girls Musical (The National Theatre of Scotland 2012) and Theatre Ad Infinitum's 'It's a Wonderful Life' (The Bush). A core member and inaugurator of Swedish based The Awake Project: premiered at Jackson's Lane in London Oct 2011, while also touring Awake Love Orchestra and Awake Youth. She has been a guest director & trainer for BA & MA actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland annually since 2004 and currently lectures in extended voice at the Uni of Winchester as well as working in association with the NSD in Delhi, and drama schools and universities throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. Anna-Helena has directed adaptations of King Lear, Richard III for able and disabled performers and Romeo and Juliet. She composed and created a solo musical cabaret adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream for a US tour in Spring 2012 culminating in the generation of a music album and UK tour 2013. Anna-Helena is currently acting in a new production The Ballad of Mick directed by Kirsty Hously in association with The Lowry and Jackson's Lane, due to tour the UK from late Summer 2013.

"Anna-Helena's training is stunning and unique, and it makes a profound contribution to the Grotowski-based and Polish theater training lineages. It combines great joy and playfulness with a very serious and rigorous attempt to explore and express oneself more deeply, more greatly. She uses a comprehensive array of methods aimed at the body, the breath, and the voice to unlock personal impulse, to increase focus and sensitivity, and to bring the actor into the realm of uncertainty, where he is most likely to find something new about himself. ..." Thom Pasculli Director at Links Hall and VOX, Chicago

**With workshop tuition, get a FREE TICKET to Moon Fool's showcase performance at NOH Space 4/7 at 7:30PM

PERFORMANCE Date: Sunday, April 7th
NOH Space

WORKSHOP Date: Sunday, April 7th
Hours: 10am-1pm
Location: Studio 210, 3435 Cesar chavez St, San Francisco, Ca 94110 Ring buzzer to enter.
Bring/Prep: water, notebook
Wear: comfortable clothing that allows for movement.
Contact: Debórah Eliezer with any questions you may have at:


Studio 210 (View)
3435 Cesar Chavez St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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