Founded in 1981 by Enrique Pardo, co-directed with Linda Wise, Pantheatre was the first independent company to emerge from the Roy Hart Theatre. It included the voice work in choreographic theatre (through corporal mime, dance and actor's physical training in the Grotowsky / Odin lineage.) It was deeply inspired by the cultural ideas of archetypal psychology, especially those of its founder, James Hillman, who became Pantheatre's honorary president, together with Liza Mayer, a founding member of Roy Hart Theatre .
Based in Paris (October to March), and at Malérargues, the Roy Hart International Arts Centre, in Southern France (May to September), where it organizes study and training residencies, workshops and the Myth and Theatre Festival.
Pantheatre ACTS - Acting Choreographic Theatre Singing
A training and research programme, based mainly in Paris and at Malérargues (Roy Hart Centre).
Founded with James Hillman, Charles Boer, Jay Livernois, Paul Kugler, Pantheatre's first Myth and Theatre Festivals took place in Malérargues, in 1987 and 1989. It then was a festival in residence at La Chartreuse of Villeneuve lez Avignon (CNES) till 1999, travelling thereafter to New Orleans , Ireland , Umbria ( Italy ), Granada ( Spain ). In 2005 it returned to Malérargues for an annual Summer University.
Roy Hart Theatre
1969 - 1989
A theatre group and company founded around Roy Hart in London in 1969, it moved to Malérargues , France , in 1974 in a communitarian venture (40 members.) After Roy Hart's death in 1975, it pursued collective artistic creations for some years, and, in 1989, a collective decision was taken to dissolve the company and not to use the name Roy Hart Theatre for artistic productions
1926 - 1975
Born in South Africa , Roy Hart studied theatre in London (RADA) and worked with Alfred Wolfsohn, whose work he developed leading a small group of Wolfsohn's pupils to what became the Roy Hart Theatre. A charismatic actor and exceptional vocalist, he worked with some of the leading avant-garde composers of the 1960s.
1896 - 1962
German Jewish teacher and philosopher of the voice, Alfred Wolfsohn emerged with severe war trauma syndromes from World War I. He travelled to Italy where the contact with Renaissance art inspired his approach to singing and lead to his explorations of the psycho-somatics of the voice.
PANTHEATRE is has a Library at Malérargues on the relationships between mythology and theatre. It includes a section on the voice, including cultural and mythical studies of the voice. It will has archive videos of productions linked to PANTHEATRE.
Most of the archive material (written, recorded, filmed) by and on Alfred Wolfsohn, Roy Hart, and Roy Hart Theatre is available through the Roy Hart Centre Archives. Visit an archives site assembled and presented by Paul Silber and Clara Harris, both members of the original Roy Hart Theatre: http://www.roy-hart.com
Study bibliogrqphy for PANTHEATRE ACTS.
The literature on Roy Hart Theatre, Roy Hart and Alfred Wolfsohn is mostly historical; there is little in terms of cultural studies.
Noah Pikes : Dark Voices - The Genesis of the Roy Hart Theatre. www.thewholevoice.com
Marianne Ginsbourger : La Voix de l'Inouï - Le Souffle d'Or, France 1996.
Laurent Colomb : Le Roy Hart Theatre - contribution à une étude pluridisciplinaire de la voix. Thèse de doctorat, Université Paris 8, Vincennes St Denis. 2000.
Paul Newham : The Prophet of Song: the life and work of Alfred Wolfsohn - Tiger's Eye Press, UK 1997.
Orlanda Cook : Singing with your own voice - Nick Hern Books Ltd. UK 2004.
Certificates and Diplomas
PANTHEATRE ACTS offers certifications of participation in all its programmes. These certificates are valid for 'Roy Hart' certifications and especially for the "Roy Hart Voice Teacher" diploma.
Important Note 2011 : following the death of Liza Mayer, president and collaborator of PANTHEATRE, its directors, Enrique Pardo and Linda Wise decided to change the pedagogical structures of PANTHEATRE and no longer use the "school" model. Transmission is based on mentorship by Enrique Pardo or Linda Wise, or both, in collaboration of the artists and teachers linked with PANTHEATRE or Roy Hart teachers. The aim is for each artists to make the work their own and use it in their way.
Regarding artistic work, their position remains clear since 1989 when the "Roy Hart Theatre" label was dissolved: the name of Roy Hart should not be used for performance credits. Artistic projects should go under the sole identity and responsability of the individuals and companies concerned.
Roy Hart Centre
Château de Malérargues, in the Cevennes foothills, was bought by members of the Roy Hart Theatre in 1975, and was later named Roy Hart International Arts Centre; it hosts the workshops and residential creation projects of Pantheatre, and of other companies and "Roy Hart" teachers, in its theatre space and six working studios. PHOTOS