The 8th Myth and Theatre Festival
July 5- 9, 2000
workshops starting June 28 and July 3

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The Workshops
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Enrique Pardo

Liam Ó Maonlaí

Liza Mayer and Venice Manley

Veronica Coburn

12 day workshop
June 28 to July 9

7 day workshops
July 3 to 9

Imp-Pertinence

Choregraphic Theatre Workshop

Workshop, Cumuíneach
Communion, accessing a conciousness.

Movement into Polyphony

Barabbas...the Workshop

Enrique Pardo

Imp-Pertinence

directed by
Enrique Pardo

Choregraphic Theatre Workshop
movement, ensemble work, voice and texts

a 12 day workshop
June 28 to July 9

Choreographic theatre challenges the tyranny of text, through a relentless, nimble duel, side-stepping, dodging and slipping past the kind of domination that binds theatre to proclamation, illustration, demonstration. The aim is a dance of ideas, a dance of text and context - "choreographic", in this sense. Language comes to life. Bodies move in and out of complex images. Voices harvest and express emotion.

Think of gossip as both pertinent and impertinent: pertinence implies insider's information - relevant, significant. Impertinence has an imp in it, a dare-devil: it has nerve, temerity. Gossip: the knitty-gritty chit-chat of inspiration: who? where? how? why? The imp in "impulse" - ughh the ugly creature!

The workshop will be based on a series of improvisation structures (imps at work!). It is open to all, to each participant's contribution (dance, theatre, psychology, etc.) and is less about movement than about "making a move."

Participants are asked to chose and bring a text learnt by heart (minimum 200 words), any genre, preferably contemporary and in English (exceptions possible). Please avoid Shakespeare, unless you really cannot help it. Bring a notebook and at least 20 carefully selected postcards in order to imp-prove your gossip!


Liza Mayer and Venice Manley

Movement into Polyphony

directed by
Liza Mayer and Venice Manley

Voice and Singing Workshop

a 7 day workshop : July 3 to 9

Beginning with a physical and vocal warm-up, and addressing the physical nature of the singing process, and "how the voice works", we'll move into simple chants, rounds and songs from different eras: ancient Greece, Medieval England, ageless Georgia ... and different continents; and from there into more complex polyphonic songs, giving space for solos, duos, trios, quartets, sextets and more, so that individual voices can spread their wings ... This workshop is open to everybody, from those who already sing, to those who'd like to but think they can't and would like to have a go! Being able to read music is not necessary. Wear comfortable clothes, and be prepared to move, breathe and enjoy...


Liam Ó Maonlaí

Workshop, Cumuíneach

directed by
Liam Ó Maonlaí

Communion, accessing a conciousness.

a 7 day workshop : July 3 to 9

Sean nós is the term given to a way of life still accessible in the gaeltacht areas of Ireland, Connemara, Cul Aodhe, Corca Dhuibhne, An Rinn, Tir Chonaill, among others. The obvious reference is the singing. A sean nós singer can quieten a crowded location at any time of day or night. In that quiet lives an atmosphere of remembering. It is not a sentimental remembering. The listener and the singer are one. They are accessing an atmosphere that links them to their place. An atmosphere that comes from a time before history and from a time after history. The song may be romantic but it carries far more than romance. What is it ? Can we build on it ?


Veronica Coburn

Barabbas...the Workshop

directed by
Veronica Coburn

"What is physical theatre?"

a 7 day workshop : July 3 to 9

The workshop will explore creative performance in the style of Barabbas...the company.

The workshop will ask, "What is physical theatre?". It will focus on the actor/performer and analyse his/her theatrical potential. It will explore non-verbal narrative and illuminate the possibilities of particular theatrical disciplines i.e. puppetry & manipulation and Theatre of Clown. It will offer a unique look at creative performance.


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