Pantheatre
New Orleans 2001
9th Myth and Theatre Festival
"On Jealousy"

 

10 DAY WORKSHOPS
July 20 - 29

& Liza Mayer's Workshop Sessions
during the Festival

EDITORIAL
Presentation
Lecturers
The Gossip Column
"On Jealousy"

 
Joan Schirle
Physical Theatre
Enrique Pardo
Choreographic Theatre
Linda Wise
Voice & Theatre
Bruno Dizien
Vertical Dance & Performing Event
Liza Mayer
Singing & Theatre
WHERE & WHEN?
WHO FOR?
PERFORMING?
ON JEALOUSY?

WHERE & WHEN?

The 10-day workshops started July 20 at 2pm and took place in the dance studios at Tulane University, located in the uptown section of New Orleans, one of the city's most prestigious residential neighborhoods and 10 to 20 minutes away from downtown and the French Quarter - or 30 minutes on the famous streetcar ride.

Registration was to ONE of the 10 day workshops. The first 6 days (July 20 to 25) work were intensive : 6 to 7 hours a day, including introductory talks on mythology and archetypal psychology in preparation for the Festival. Workshop sessions then continued in the mornings during the 4 days of the Festival (July 26 to 29).

During the Festival mornings there was the possibility of working with other directors or participate in master classes by invited teachers, or in Liza Mayer's Carmen for Beginners sessions.

WHO FOR?

The workshops were OPEN TO ALL, within a performing spirit: participants were told to be prepared to move and be moved, to engage physically with the imagination. The festival prides itself on the bridges it builds between the performing arts, mythological thought, and, for instance, therapists, teachers, and artists in other fields whose artistic contributions are often a breath of fresh air!

ON JEALOUSY?

Each teachers was free to relate (or not) in his or her own way to the Festival's theme: "On Jealousy", and discussed with his or her workshop participants the possibilities of rehearsing and performing events during the Festival, or of opening some workshop sessions to other Festival participants who might want to come and observe.


The Workshops

Joan Schirle
Physical Theatre
Linda Wise
Voice & Theatre
Enrique Pardo
Choreographic Theatre
Bruno Dizien
Vertical Dance & Performing Event
Liza Mayer
Singing & Theatre

 


Joan Schirle
The Play of Appetites
Commedia - Physical Theatre / July 20 - 29

Based on a contemporary commedia drawn from the roots of western theatre, this workshop will involve movement, mask, and the exploration of each participant's own comic prototype. An organic approach to the play of rhythms, forms, the excesses of appetite and their dynamics will be our method of study. This is a movement-based workshop, so come prepared to move. Each day will consist of movement, improvisation, ensemble play and exploration of visceral, appetite-driven characters and their archetypes. Chose and bring a short piece of text, any genre, that you have memorized, plus clothing suitable for physical work.

 


 
 

Enrique Pardo
Triangles : Cultivating Insecurity
Choreographic Theatre / July 20 - 29

  Triangles are the imaginal crucibles where jealousy breeds its fantasies. Tackling their artistic and psychological complexity requires solid foundations. This workshop will be anchored in ensemble work, in the necessary discipline, wit and solidarity to work with triangles. It will deal with the interplay between trust and betrayal, between chorus cohesion and wild breakaway iconoclasm. It will also be about cultural insecurity: about taking risks, and putting oneself, one’s styles, one's aesthetics (and ethics) at risk.

Choreographic theatre fully explores the training and poetics of contemporary dance-theatre, bringing together movement, voice, and text delivery. The workshop is open to all, to each participant's contribution (dance, theatre, psychology, etc.) What is important is the capacity to 'make a move', both physically and psychologically.

Participants are asked to chose and learn by heart a working text - minimum 250 words - free genre, preferably contemporary. It does not have to be a theatre text, or necessarily to do with jealousy. Please avoid Shakespeare, unless you really cannot help it! The work starts with this choice, and with the act of learning by heart: the better you know your text, the freer you will be to play with it.


 

Linda Wise
EMOTION - The Art of Letting Fly
Voice and Theatre - July 20 - 29

Between the thrilling brilliance (and trills...) of the Queen of the Night, seeking revenge, and the murderous despair of Othello, lie an infinity of known and unknown vocal and emotional landscapes.

This workshop will offer an artistically structured setting for letting go into the demonic and delicious voices of our excesses, allowing us to release tempestuous emotions whilst keeping the sharp lucidity of language, and the melodic, expressive and rhythmic structures of music.

THE VOICE - from bel canto to Roy Hart extended voice techniques - will be at the heart of the work. Personality and imagination will be as important as performing experience, and the workshop is open to all who want to undertake the artistic and expressive journey: an imaginal as much as a vocal and physical adventure. Bring your fantasies, a working text (200 words) and if you wish - a song. (Text and music learned by heart).

 


Bruno Dizien

Am I mad? Or only jealous?
Vertical Dance (rock cllimbing) & Public Event - July 20 - 29


Trust Bruno Dizien to take you on a unique physical and artistic adventure. His workshop will combine experiments in dance (including vertical dance with harnesses), and the preparation of an event for the public based on Guy de Maupassant’s "Fou?". A man is jealous of his wife’s relationship to her horse (in the story he kills both). Bruno’s performance event proposal is the following: a couple stands embracing in the early morning mist. A horse moves slowly towards them (Bruno is the horse master in full regalia). A set of pulleys and elastic cords linking the horse to the couple begins pulling them apart. They resist with all their might, clinging by their arms, wrists, fingers, until they fly apart. Ideally this would happen in New Orleans’ legendary Dueling Oaks Park, at dawn – around 6 am - well into the the tradition of dueling (& with French champagne and croissants for the early risers!)

Write in for more details. There are special scholarships for participation & performing in Bruno Dizien's workshop.

 


 
 

Liza Mayer
Carmen for Beginners
Voice / Singing - mornings July 26 to 29

A series of 4 workshop sessions, open to all Festival participants, and particularly to those who thought they could never act out a Carmen, or a Don José. Sessions begin with a gentle physical warm-up, getting to know the voice and how it works, what is breath support, what is 'out of tune', what is 'out of breath' ... from there we'll move into more imaginal realms, improvising and exploring the sung and spoken voice, singing and dreaming like Cinderella, or releasing the fireworks of Carmen and Don José. And, who knows, we might set the place on fire, and stumble upon the dark dwarf, known in Andalusia as duende. Best if you bring a short text, and/or song, learned by heart. Be prepared to move and be moved.

 
 

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