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Umbria
On Scandal

 

A residential workshop in
VOICE , THEATRE and MYTHOLOGY

directed by
Enrique Pardo, Linda Wise, Liza Mayer
with special guest
Stephen Karcher

after a first in July 2000, Pantheatre returns to Italy, to
La Locanda del Gallo and to Scandal.


local information, maps and photos on:
www.locandadelgallo.it

Località S. Cristina Gubbio (Umbria)
20 min from Peruggia



Pantheatre organizes a second On Scandal workshop at La Locanda del Gallo (the first was in summer of 2000.) Everything about this project is idyllic... The warmth and generosity of the Italian hosts, the isolated location, the food, the swimming pool, the studio... A perfect setting for the study and practice of artistic scandal!

This project is open to all: if some of the presentation seems rather technical, the work is more a question of initiative and personnality rather than professional knowhow. The success of these projects is due, to a large extent, to the mixture of participants (backgrounds and nationalities.)

Enrique Pardo will direct a 3 hour session in the mornings in choreographic theatre, in the afternoons the group will divide in two to work on voice and singing with Linda Wise and Liza Mayer (including extended ranges Roy Hart techniques.) Evenings we will meet for readings and discussions including Stephen Karcher and other special guests. Stephen Karcher, who is the co-author of the prestigious Eranos Foundation of the Yiging (I Ching), will present his work on mantics and divination, and will be available for private consultations.

The Idea of Scandal

At the etymogical heart of scandal, there is a trap, an obstacle: the stumbling block. This is a workshop about scandalous exceptions, about tripping esthetical paradigms. A scandalous move reveals an amazing state of grace, or is seen as a total disgrace: it depends on your stand, on which God's esthetical ground you stand, or 'understand'...

And what about ethics? Scandal has a close cousin in "slander", it relishes moral offence, indecency... The one thing scandal always brings is iconoclasm, something most of us consider crucial in art.

The theatrical and vocal work (5 to 6 hours a day) will be based on the idea that "artistic rules are made to confirm the exceptions". A scandalous idea? Possibly, but built on subtle and rigorous disciplines.


The Work on Scandal

The work starts with ensemble disciplines, with the organization of space and choreographic patterns on stage, with the building of an imaginal context, a landscape of places and relationships. Each participant brings her or his style of movement and artistry to the work: previous experience of dance or physical training is not necessarily the point: what is important is the capacity to make a move - and it does not have to be physical; it might imply making a counter-point in order to achieve scandal: upsetting expectations, outwitting predictions, creating new perspectives and priorities.
These same procedures will apply to the work with texts (each participant brings
a working text - see below): how to master a text in terms of diction, emotion, expressivity, and then, how to allow the text to yield radical, unexpected interpretations: how can texts turn on their shadows, betray their authors or our cultural expectations. Versions, subversions, scandals.

Choreographic Theatre

"Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise's approach to physical theatre explodes the interpretation of texts by stretching them into choreographic networks: language becomes a poetic partner to image, and no longer its sovereign. Illustration yields to paradox. Texts unfold new versions, including subversions and perversions. The body is caught in complex images, while the voice harvests and expresses the emotion. The work is sometimes described as "playing the piano with three hands", since it involves parallel training on movement, language and voice, their interconnections and, especially, their disassociations. Not cool chance collage work, but synthesis, involving actor and person. It explores fully the training and poetics of contemporary dance-theatre."

Voice

"Before becoming a controlled musical instrument, or the modulated support of language, the voice is a fabulous means of expression, linked to our innermost impluses. Each sound, from the most ethereal sigh to a wrenching scream, from the highest coloratura to the lowest of growls, must claim its place in our artistic imagination. To extend the expressive fields of the voice requires a certain courage of extroversion, but it also renews the very notion, the very pleasure of "singing". Although such an approach to vocal expressivity is anchored in musical forms of discipline, it is, nevertheless, open to everyone, regardless of any previous musical or artistic experience."

Mythology

The most obvious mythological scandal monger is Aphrodite; at the Myth and Theatre Festival dedicated to Aphrodite (in 1993), Enrique Pardo presented a talk on some of the great scandals in Art History, beginning with the (in)famous Choice of Paris (he got Helen, a married woman!) This scandal started the Trojan War. It also gave us The Illiad! Modern art emerged through a series of Aphroditean scandals: Manet's nude in Déjeuner sur l'Herbe was a massive scandal at the time, as was Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon: a brothel scene. Aphrodite has a knack for provocation and radical change in art.
Mind you, Hermes' dalliances can also be pretty scandalous; some think Zeus' philanderings are a scandal (patriarchal cultural scandal). Contemporary studies in mythology, especially since James Hillman, have to wake up psychologically. There is scandal in the shadow of every divinity, and it triggers some of the best insights and moves.
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Working Text

Participants are asked to chose and learn by heart a working text - minimum 250 words - free genre, preferably contemporary. It does not have necessarily to be a theatre text, nor, necessarily a scandalous text, or a text about scandal... Please avoid Shakespeare, unless you really cannot help it! The work starts with this choice, and then the learning of it: the more you know a text 'by heart', the more freedom you will have to work with it.

Discussing Scandal

Either as part of the studio work, or in meetings in the late afternoon and evenings, we will discuss the implications of the notion of scandal, the work of Pantheatre, mythology, and other topics rising from the work. Pantheatre is extending an invitation to a special guest to join us for feed-back and discussions.

The Pleasures of Scandal

The Locanda del Gallo is a twelfth century country home owned by the Marchesi Capranica del Grillo.
Dominating a magnificent hill landscape in the peace and quiet of Umbria's unspoiled countryside, the Locanda del Gallo is the ideal place to recharge your batteries, bask in the gorgeous sunsets of the Tiberina Valley, and enjoy healthy food, rich in genuine flavours: cold-pressed olive oil, aromatic herbs, vegetables from our own patch; home baked bread and cakes.
Furnished comfortably in Oriental style, a pleasant contrast with the ancient architecture, the faithfully restored building has just ten double bedrooms,each with its own bathroom.
Guests at the Locanda del Gallo can go horseback riding or go for walks in the surroundings or, just hang out around the private swimming pool - if your project directors let you !

piscina / swimming pool

From the Locanda's brochure and website (photos & maps) : www.locandadelgallo.it


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The Cost of Scandal

900€ Euros, all included (workshop fee, lodging at La Locanda + full board)

Lodging at the Locanda del Gallo is in ten double bedrooms with private bathroom.
Full board includes buffet breakfast and lunch, and a served dinner.
Natural water from the Locanda's source / Daily cleaning of the rooms / Bathroom towels changed every 3 days / Bed sheets changed after 5 days / Tea and fruit available in the living room / Swimming pool.
Not included: Drinks and swimming pool towels.

Private Consultations with Stephen Karcher: 30€


How to Register:

Registration will be confirmed on reception of a deposit of 300€ Euros made out to "Pantheatre"


The remainder of the fee can be paid on arrival at la Locanda (either in cash or credit card: Visa and Mastercard only.)
The registration deposit is refundable in case of cancellation only up to June 1st, minus 50€ Euros for administration costs.



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How to get to there :

Locanda del Gallo
Località S. Cristina Gubbio (Umbria) Tel/Fax +39-075-92.29.912 e-mail :
info@locandadelgallo.it

www.locandadelgallo.it

By car : the Locanda is 30 km from Perugia, or from Assisi, 25 km from Gubbio and only 8 km from the Orte-Cesena Superstrada. Road map (jpeg 63 Kb).

By train : the nearest train station is Perugia Ponte San Giovanni, 15 minutes from Perugia Centrale and 25 km. from the Locanda. You can arrange to be picked up by the Locanda owners.

Contact Paola : Tel/Fax +39-075-92.29.912 e-mail : info@locandadelgallo.it
Cost : 13€ euros per person. Italian train timetables are on www.trenitalia.it

By plane : either through Florence or Rome international airports (and then train). There is also an airport at Pergugia S Egidio, with connection flights from Milano Malpensa.


Planning / Arrivals & Departures

The workshop starts on Saturday July 13th at 13h with lunch. (Let us know if you cannot make it for lunch.) The first working session starts at 14h30. The rooms will not be available till 17h, after the first work session.
The workshop ends on Saturday 20th at 12h30. Let us know if you wish to stay for lunch (not included in workshop price.)
If you wish to arrive a day early or stay an extra night please contact La Locanda directly.

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