The Poetic Body
The mind is quieted, the body is activated, the voice takes on dimension and the imagination is released. A workshop to explore the performing arts with no end other than to discover the immense possibilities that we share. A workshop of games, emotion, rhythm and poetry. An introduction to Lecoq's Physical Theatre. A space to grow and create.
-Theatrical play: energy, creativity and imagination.
We will focus on releasing the potential and intuition of each actor and actress through theatrical play and practical techniques that will help us to develop individual and collective creativity. A shared game will guide us spontaneously, as a tool to break the barrier of the mind and discover that the theatre has no limits and therefore, as actors, we do not have them either.
- The Poetic Body: environment, space and movement as a creative tool.
We will take an introductory tour of Lecoq's 20/21 moves to understand the basic dynamics of "push" and "pull". Next we will focus on the study of the dynamics of our environment, the movement and the rhythms through which we explore states and emotions with the ultimate purpose of character creation. We will make the invisible visible and understand the theatrical space through our body and its relation to space. We will work with the support of other artistic forms such as painting, architecture, sculpture or music, as well as with the qualities of elements and animals, to intuitively understand the body and the principles that govern the movement in creation.
- Collective Creation: The Creative Game and Group Creation
The ultimate purpose of the play is the collective creation. In many cases, the artist finds an important obstacle to transmit to the group emotions, ideas or provocations that are useful for the creation of a play. Therefore, in this section, we will explore the essential principles of individual improvisation, in pairs or in groups. We will learn group devising techniques which we will use to translate into the space what our body wants to express and transmit.
Suitable for actors with training and / or professional experience as well as those who simply wish to explore the principles of Physical Theatre. Available as three separate workshops, or as part of a structured course.
Hat Juggling Masterclasses
Whether you're an experienced hatter, or someone just wanting to learn how to land a bowler on your head, this workshop will get you moving, dancing, creating and inventing in new ways... whilst becoming entangled in your own limbs.
Based on exploring the qualities of your own body and establishing a personal expression of movement, this class steps away from mathematical juggling formula and embraces explorative devising through Play.
The class focuses on each each individual's interests, ranging from single-hat tricks, to multi-hat juggling, to movement based integration, to more subtle character work.
Suitable for experienced jugglers, dancers or actors, curious bystanders and absolute beginners.
Act Creation & Circus Theatre
How do you walk on stage, where are your props, what do they mean to you, who are you, who are we? How do you get from A to B?
Whether its juggling, aerial, clowning, or magic - putting an act together isn't always a smooth process between technical ability and theatrical intent. These classes help to organise your skills into a presentation, can aid you in reworking an existing routine, or will simply equip you with devising techniques for future creation.
Some techniques are universal whilst others are deeply personal. This class aims to work around your creativity and input - to aid you in expressing whatever it is you wish to convey... be it dark and sombre, or energetic and comedic.
Suitable for performers/practitioners who are looking to create an act or rework an existing routine.
Unusual Objects in Juggling
This workshop is targeted at creative jugglers, but also suitable for anyone looking to create work with a prop or piece of equipment.
Put aside the balls, clubs, and juggling rings. Pick up your weapon of choice... is it a broom? An umbrella? A dinner tray? A cloche? Ryan has worked extensively with applying juggling theory to ordinary objects, and has developed routines with shopping trolleys, drying racks and wired telephones.
All objects possess a unique way of moving or being interacted with, sometimes in unusual or unpredictable ways. This class guides participants in how to approach any physical thing as a vehicle of play and expression. Using an objects properties or even its limitations to discover moments of ingenuity.
Suitable for jugglers and non-jugglers alike, though having some juggling knowledge greatly assist your scope of exploration.
Falling Over & Slapstick
This workshop will have you falling over sideways, backwards, and head over heels whilst also teaching the rationale or theatrical logic behind a fall or slip.
Discover the importance of realism and reaction within slapstick, how the same fall can be over or under played for different effect, or how your intention preceding a fall can add more value than the fall itself.
This workshop will have you safely exploring pathways down to the floor, learning classic manoeuvres both small and large, and understanding slapstick theory so that you can create your own specifics. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have their own short sequence of slips trips and splats.
Suitable for all ages and backgrounds... all you need is a willingness to play!
Beginners to Intermediate Juggling
Juggling Balls, Clubs, Rings, Hats, Poi, Contact Staff, Diabolo / Chinese Yo-Yo, Devil Sticks, Plate Spinning, Unicycling, Stilt Walking, Rola Bola and Walking Globe.
Available as one-off workshops or as an ongoing structured course. Participants are encouraged to explore and try as many pieces of equipment as they like, and to challenge themselves through play and discovery.
Beginners will learn the essentials of various disciplines, walking away with a few tricks and skills under their belt and hopefully a desire for more! Participants with an existing skill level in juggling will discover new techniques, styles, tricks, and can be taught passing or mixed object disciplines.
Suitable for beginners to intermediate skill-levels.