October 25-31, 2009 Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria
PARTICIPANTS: Actors of physical, dramatic, dance and musical theatres, dancers, choreographers, circus performers, directors.
PROGRAMME: The programme includes intensive training, lectures and discussions. The Lab is open to performers from different creative genres and techniques inspired by Physical Theatre as a bold, vibrant and multidimensional approach to contemporary theatre performance. Practical physical training is the core of the Lab programme. Participants will explore physicality as the key to form, style, atmosphere and emotional palette in contemporary performance. Practical sessions develop in the form of various exercises which progress from simple to compound. Gradually the group is proceeding to group improvisations and structures. Every day is setting advanced creative tasks, developing the preceding steps. Through the system of consecutive exercises the group is growing common language and trust, ability to collaborate and create together.
STRUCTURE OF THE DAY: Each day begins with morning warm-up which combines breathing, movement and imagination. It will help participants to wake up and to prepare for the intensive practical process during the day.
Practical training. Part I. Training by method of improvisation. Practical training. Part II. Structural Improvisation. From exercises to performance. Practical training. Part III. Principles of Biomechanics. Meyerhold's etudes. Lectures & Discussions: Performer's Physicality in the methods of Meyerhold, M.Chekhov and Stanislavsky.
The working language is English.
VENUE: The Lab will take place in Leitring bei Leibnitz, the beautiful town located within 30 min from GrazThalerhofAirport, 2.5h from Vienna by car, 40 min from Graz by car, and 20 minutes from the Slovenian border. The public transportation to the venue is easy. The programme will take place in the historic castle of the 16th century. Accommodation and meals are organized for the group.