Physical Theatre


in situ: has explored and applied Physical Theatre techniques in many of its works, notably Aeschylus’ Oresteia and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

This wide-ranging course will appeal to anyone – including actors, dancers, storytellers, performance artists – interested in exploring the potential of the expressive powers of the body.

The emphasis is on exploration, fun and the harnessing of the imagination. It is not a Keep-Fit class and is suitable for all ages, levels of physical fitness, ability and levels of experience.

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This course will explore:

  • animal movement as a source of inspiration and performance ideas;
  • the Ancient Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water and how they affect movement and physical characterisation,
  • Choreographic Theatre and the use of group movement and image-making to illuminate text and develop complex ensemble performance techniques.

Also, two powerful approaches in modern dance have been profoundly influential on contemporary theatre:

  • Post-Modern Dance, notably in the work of Pina Bausch, explores the use of everyday movements and gestures in ways from which today’s actors can learn a huge amount
  • Butoh – the Japanese Dance of Darkness – has proved a wonderful source of images and heightened expressiveness to artists in many disciplines.

Your teacher, Richard Spaul, Artistic Director of in situ: has worked with many leading movement practitioners, studying Choreographic Theatre with Enrique Pardo of PanTheatre and Butoh with Tadeshi Endo, Yukio Waguri and others.

At the end of the course, participants will be invited to take part in a Physical Theatre performance project leading to performances in Summer, 2018.

Dates: Thursday 12th October – 7th December 2017 (no class 9th November)
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Venue: St. Philips Church  Centre, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AN | Map

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