practical pathway into the complex world of
ANYONE WITH A ZEST FOR LIFE AND ART
ready for an emotional and physical challenge
THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID OF
the shorter version of this workshop
The Elusive and Evasive
Artaud and The Theatre of Release Workshop
conducted by Joe Woodward from Shadow
The DRAMA NSW STATE CONFERENCE
"SHAPING THE STORY" in MAY
20 and 21, 2011
amazing experiential journey! Confronting the senses and helping to
extend my understanding of the potential of the performer. Amazing!"
- unlike any drama experience I've had . Can use it at all levels of
classes to aid focus, stillness and interpretation"
workshop. Lots of ideas for the classroom. Love the balloon work"
was surprisingly a clear focused workshop that was extraordinary to
be part of. I loved the way the facilitator brought it together.
hands on great experience
greater understanding. Extremely valuable
interesting introduction to Artaud. It would be good to explore the
ideas further and see how it can be linked to playbuilding
practical activities. Require intense focus. Might be hard for
concepts. Would have liked more on the principles.
worthwhile workshop on a very complex, much misunderstood topic -
great balance between theory and practice.
comments taken from the evaluation form with comments offered by 12
of the 19 participants)
Artaud is studied and presented as being only about violence and
darkness. It is as if his words were isolated and abstracted to a
label which is harsh and alienating: only violent and only shocking.
acknowledging that much of Artaud's thought was contradictory, we can
take the notion of a "body without organs" and find it's
impossibility as a liberating concept for anyone involved in artistic
and creative thinking and working.
We need to
make sure there is a defined Acting Space. The entering and exiting
the space allows participants to disassociate from the confines of
one's own socialization and become the object of their own creation
and observe it in a detached sense while outside the space. This is
for protection. It is to allow for freedom within space to do
whatever comes via impulse; but to then withdraw and become their own
personal selves outside of the space. The aim is to discard the
vanity that prevents people from fully engaging in the moment of
creation. It is the moment of creation we are seeking to find. That
moment of obliteration of personal confinement!
requires people have a healthy predisposition towards role play and
contact with others. The use of balloons, silence, working with eyes
closed and a lot of physical contact along with explosive vocal and
emotional ranges will be engaged.
WILL YOU GET
Evasive and Elusive Artaud and The Theatre Of Release Workshop will
paradigm (a M.E.S.H.) through which to approach the work of Antonin Artaud
for using space to focus and provide safety for participants and self
to disassociate the object of one's creation from the personal self
rituals prior to working on theatre creation and tasks
primacy of atmosphere in releasing the mind and body from everyday clutter
exercises on 'body
as a means of letting
Artaud's thinking to some Meyerhold biomechanics techniques using balloons
of tapping intuition between participants for linking of the group.
can be a dangerous person to muck around with! This workshop will
provide you with the necessary sense of safe space and objectivity
needed to venture into the more dangerous territories associated with
Artaud's ideas and concepts. He provided very little by way of
strategies and techniques. Rather he provided a challenge and another
way of conceiving that is more relevant now than at the time of his writing.
Me and Why Now
with cultural tendencies along the lines of "If it can't be
commodified it doesn't exist", Artaud can provide us with the
tools and thinking to counter the constant reducing of all
inspiration to labels and tick boxes. And it can work to link
participants with universes within and without the individual and
group. We can be inspired to change ourselves and our work by
breaking down the boundaries of art and the confinement of imposed
unities that really don't exist except in the world of semantics.
Artaud's work takes us beyond language; beyond the world of little
tick boxes and well meaning definitions of achievement. The process
is the content!
of this strikes a chord with you, then you must step into the world
of the somewhat evasive and elusive Artaud and the theatre of release.
none of this is particularly difficult when approached with the right
attitude. So join us.
How Do I
is a 4 hour workshop. For only 4 hours of your life, you can step
into a new paradigm of creative thinking and activity. And going by
the testimonials from the Drama NSW State Conference, this is not an
workshop will take place at The Old Chapel Studio at Daramalan College,
Street, Dickson in Canaberra, ACT at 1.00pm to 5.00pm. on May 18th.
external doors will be locked at 1.00pm and NO latecomers will be
admitted to the workshop. STRICTLY NO OBSERVERS! This is a
Workshop will cost fully employed people $60 unless they are members
of ACTDA and it will then cost $45. Unemployed, students, pensioners
will also be charged $45 for the workshop.
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