Workshop: ACT – Musicality, Movement and Shakespeare
Fri 2 May 6-9pm // £20 (£15 student)
Sat 3 May 10-5pm // £40 (£30 earlybird – £20 student)
Both sessions £50 (£45 earlybird – £30 student)
As part of the annual Liverpool based PhysicalFest we invite you to join Anna-Helena McLean, former principal of the world renowned physical theatre company Gardzienice from Poland, for two intensive workshops exploring personal creativity through ensemble practice and archetypes. Supported by members of the international ACT ensemble including Alexandra Kazazou (Studio Matejka POLAND) and Chris-Gerard Heyward (Poor Dog Group L.A). The company introduce the core ACT training and the company’s latest work on STORM, premiering in the UK and touring internationally in 2015. The sessions encourage you to explore personal creativity. Participants will be introduced to basic acrobatics, playful vocal exercises, and original music. Breath, rhythm and choral singing weaves the group together, awakening a sense of symbiosis through partner and gesture work. Directed through themes of man vs nature, we explore the Master and Servant archetypes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Anna-Helena generates a safe, playful environment to take risks and develop personal awareness in ensemble performance.
Suitable to all backgrounds and levels of experience.
STORM: Showcase and Round Table discussion
A new work towards an ensemble piece based around Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”
Sat 3 May 8pm // Suggested donation £6
Sun 4 May 5pm – with Round Table Discussion ‘The Power of Art for the Community’ // Suggested donation £6
The latest work from the internationally acclaimed physical theatre and music company Moon Fool. An ensemble of soloists and chorus use music, acrobatics and gesture to lead audiences on a journey to encounter a changing world evoked by live visual projections and new writing. This dynamic collaboration of multi skilled performers meet design and climate research to conjure up characters and themes inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest, bringing you a powerhouse of new work that is not to be missed.
Round Table discussion with:
Anna Helena McLean – Artistic Director Moon Fool and former principal with Gardzienice // Aleasha Chaunte – Discussion Host // Ragnhild Feng Dale- Climate change researcher and STORM company member // Elinor Randle – Physical Fest/Tmesis Director // Deborah Eliezer – Director of foolsFURY (via skype) // Jo Blowers – LIC (Liverpool Improvisation Collective) // Ben Spatz – Lecturer in Drama at University of Huddersfield
To book a place…
Workshops – email email@example.com or visit the Physical Fest website www.physicalfest.com
Showcases & discussion – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise for STORM
“offers tension and release you can cut with a knife”
Theatre of Yugen San Francisco
“Rarely are we graced with such skilled performers and creators of new work that is equally dedicated to the text, the body, the voice and the music”
FoolsFURY San Francisco
Feedback from previous workshops
“I felt that I re-awoke to many of the things that engage me most in the theatre – song, rhythm, music, improvisation, movement work, ensemble and something that moves us from banality into a much more archetypal, vital, spiritual realm… A really profound, transformative experience!”
Participant Queen & Fool NYC 2009
“the kind of work you are doing… is brave and so, so important. You teach so graciously, with boundless energy… as a performer we “give life” to a character or a place or idea, when it makes more sense to imagine that it ‘lives you’. Allowing all your faculties to be so open and so sensitive that what comes out of you is not an act, but the allowance of a true impulse. When you feel “it,” it really is the most simple thing”.
Annakeara Stinson Queen & Fool NYC 2010
“Thank you for a wonderful, inspirational, thought-provoking, bond-building, mind-opening workshop – I truly had the time of my life and am genuinely amazed at what I was able to accomplish”.
Chris Roche ACT Summer residency 2013