Lets See Your Body Talk
In this workshop, we will examine one of the things that seems to connect us all, globally: body language. By examining common stage movements (opening a door, entering a room, closing the door, etc.), the workshop will lead students to a new awareness of the information they give the audience by way of gesture, posture, rhythm, and space. People receive information about each other the moment they see each other. In theatre, the audience receives information about the character the moment the character enters the stage. In impro, this information is received by the players for the first time too. With this in mind, a series of questions arises. How does the player enter? Does she keep her space small? Does she walk in, big and loud, taking up lots of space? What kind of room is it? Is it dark or bright? What time of day is it? Is it her room? Does it belong to someone else?
All of these themes are present in the way a player opens a door. The players awareness of and ability to manipulate that action can go a long way toward clearer and stronger theatrical proposals. But of course it does not end with doors. It extends to the way a character holds a cup, the way he brings the cup to his lips, the way he turns his head to look at another character; even the way he breathes when he is near that other character. Rooted in the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq and Giovanni Fusetti, this workshop will approach improvisational theatre from a physical (non-intellectual) perspective, emphasising the intersection of awareness, technique, and play.
Open to improvisers of all levels.
About Alenka & Justin
Justin Durel (USA) and Alenka Marini (SLO) have a combined 20+ years of teaching experience. They have been teaching together for five years, since they finished their studies at the Helikos International School of Theatre Creation, under master teacher Giovanni Fusetti. Rooted in the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, their workshops explore theatre and performance from a physical perspective, always aiming at the intersection of technique and play.
They have taught at SUGLA, School of Contemporary Performance and Street Art since 2014. They have taught numerous clown workshops in Slovenia and the USA. They have lead workshops on the foundations of physical theatre for the Theatre of the Oppressed in Slovenia. They have given seminars on teaching for Circostrada, the European Network of Circus and Street Arts, and Ana Monro Theatre, a street theatre company in Ljubaljana. They have taught week-long mask performance workshops at Glej Theatre (Ljubljana SI), Pioneer Center (Ljubljana SI), and at Kamfest and Katzenberg (Kamnik SI).
In addition to their pedagogic work, Durel and Marini are both performers, directors, and mask makers.
The Teacher's Club Theatre (View)
36 Parnell Square West
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|