Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Upcoming Workshops: Suspense Festival of Adult Puppet Theatre Workshops (CSSD)


The Central School of Speech and Drama’s Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre and its Puppetry course are supporting three workshops on puppetry/object theatre as part of the new festival of adult puppet theatre Suspense between 30 October and 8 November 2009

Two-day workshops
1. Ephemeral Animation

This two-day workshop will be run by Nenagh Watson of Barking Dog Theatre and Creative Fellow at CSSD.

Ephemeral Animation is a term coined by Watson to encourage appreciation of animation, often momentary, of discarded objects animated via natural elements. The plastic bag blowing and dancing in the wind in the film American Beauty has become a cultural reference point. Void of the interruption of human ego, these fragmentary experiences have a lot to tell us about the art form of puppetry. This two-day workshop will encourage debate and exploration, stripping the art form to its raw essential state. We will examine Kantor's fascination with objects and 'puppetry without ego': how can we allow something to have its own intrinsic presence, its own immanence, provoking questions of what is authentic; and how can we engage audience in this appreciation?

The workshop will take place at The Central School of Speech and Drama
Friday and Saturday 30 and 31 October, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Workshop fee: £50 for both days (student fee £25).

2. Objects and New Technologies
This two-day workshop will be run by Maria Dominguez Alba who is a painter and film-maker, and also Research Fellow at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain.

This two-day laboratory will explore and create a multi-disciplinary dialogue between theatres of objects and puppets and new technologies. The workshop will focus practically and theoretically on the relationship between the object and new technology. It will also provoke reflection about identity and the body; of the individual's projection in a collective environment, and vice versa; virtual reality, fiction, the idea of presence, the concept of real time, tele-presence, the fragility of the technological medium and interaction.

The workshop will take place at The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Friday and Saturday 30 and 31 October, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
Workshop fee: £50 for both days (student fee £25).

Four-day Masterclass with the Philippe Genty company
To be or not to be: a material
How to use emotional and sensorial memory for the creation of visual theatre

The Philippe Genty company is renowned for its visual theatre productions. The company leads many courses on manipulation of puppets and materials, object theatre, dance and movement and other elements of visual language. This four-day workshop will be led by Eric de Sarria (Drifting, Dedale, Zigmund Follies) and Simon Rann (Stowaways, Le Fin des Terres), long-standing members of the company. We aim to transmit knowledge of the manipulation of materials, puppets and objects, and to stimulate each student in their personal search for their own visual language. During these four days we will focus on two tools which are central to the artistic process of the company: the manipulation of materials nourished by personal memory.

The workshop will take place at The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Monday - Thursday 2 - 5 November, 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Workshop fee: £120 (students £60).

Workshop participation is by application: please send your CV and a letter of application to cariad.astles@cssd.ac.uk by Tuesday 15 September 2009.

On Friday 6 November The Central School of Speech and Drama, jointly with the Little Angel Theatre, is hosting a one-day symposium entitled Objects in Performance, which will include talks and presentations by object theatre practitioners, researchers and performers at Suspense.

The symposium will take place at the Little Angel Theatre between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

Bookings for the symposium will be taken by the festival bookings office at the LAT.

Places for the symposium (including show) will be £30 (students £10).

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