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The path of actions
7. December, 2022 - 19. December, 2022
Residential Theatre Workshop
Valerio Peroni and Alice Occhiali from Váli Theatre Lab
“The path of actions” is a residential theatre workshop with a pedagogical and performative aim.
The workshop is also an occasion to meet new possible collaborators for future projects of Váli Theatre Lab.
PRESENTATION OF THE WORKSHOP
Focal point of the workshop is the actor’s dramaturgy in its various phases: from training to creation of characters.
The workshop will focus on the study of scenic action: Physical, vocal and inner.
The aim is to provide the tools to properly approach the use of the “pre-expressive” moment of the training as a steppingstone towards the “expressive” dimension that presides over the creation of scenic material.
Each participant will create his/her own character through improvisation and physical composition (rhythms, dynamic qualities, use of objects and scores (sequences) of actions).
The character will be linked to the creative theme “Elsewhere”.
Establishing a bridge with the training, participants will create scores of actions, giving life to small scenes.
Participation fee: DKK 4.500 DKK (Approx. 605 Euro). Accommodation included. Food not included.
The workshop is conducted in English, but the leaders can also communicate in Italian and Spanish.
Arrival and departure:
Participants will arrive at the theatre on the 7th and leave on the 19th of December.
Number of participants admitted: Max 12
Participants: Actors, theatre students, dancers, performers, musicians, and anyone with a passion and interest in discovering techniques and tools of theatre practice.
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Application deadline: 1st November 2022
Selected participants will receive an e-mail with confirmation on the 2nd November 2022.
THE DAILY WORK WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS
First part “PRE-EXPRESSIVE” MOMENT
This part includes psycho-physical training of the actor both in groups and as individual exercises inspired by the work of masters of the 20th century theatrical tradition (Konstantin Stanislavskij, Vsevolod Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov, Jacques Lecoq, Jerzy Grotowski and Eugenio Barba).
The work will focus on the study of scenic action: physical, vocal and inner.
Attention will be given especially to the physical action and the study of its three parameters (speed, volume, and intensity).
Every participant will be solicited and helped to express her/himself, through various theatre techniques with a physical approach. Through both individual and group exercises the actors will develop both their attentiveness and stage presence, rediscovering and exploring new creative possibilities of their own bodies, voices and imagination.
Second part – “EXPRESSIVE” MOMENT
In the “expressive” moment the work will focus on the theme “Elsewhere” as a creative starting point.
The creation of characters will be linked to the theme through elaboration of scores (sequences of actions) related to a text and props.
Participants will choose a monologue linked somehow to the theme proposed. The monologue can be taken from plays from the dramaturgical repertoire or from a poetic text of any author to their own liking.
With all these creative materials, helped and directed by the pedagogues, participants will give life to their own original staging, taking care of each detail, from the creation and composition of the scenic space to the choice of costume and objects used by the character.
THEME OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS
The creative material will be inspired by the concepts expressed in the book “The Poetic of Space” written by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard.
This writing shows how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shapes our thoughts, memories, and dreams.
It’s a book full of psychological and philosophical reflections on the concept of “house” in relation to a poetic imaginary that everyone has related to this topic.
Particularly significant are the images of “the childhood’s house” that represent the past, and “the dream house” that represent the future. It’s in the tension between these two worlds, connected to memories and dreams, that the characters of “Elsewhere” moves.
When we say: “I’m speaking now, but your mind is elsewhere,” or “He comes from elsewhere”, then what does that mean? Where is this “elsewhere”? If we must describe it in words, how will that be?
“Elsewhere”, from Latin “Aliter Ubi”, literally means “different where”, a poetic space where memories and dreams melt together.
In the creative process the idea is to build this world called “Elsewhere”, translating in images all these points of reflection, and giving to the actors the possibility to travel in a world full of archetypes and familiar suggestions. The actors will put these images in motion using their bodies and voices in relation with space, objects and music, thus finding a strong connection to the most intimate thoughts and memories of human beings.
Watching from outside it will be like observing curiously from a window the entire life lived by the unique human beings chosen to inhabit the “Elsewhere”.