VIEWPOINTS AND DEVISING WORK
Dates and times: Wednesday October 4 to Friday October 6, 2017 from 10am-5pm.
Cost: Full $450 or Earlybird $425 if payment is received by September 8th.
VENUE: International Screen Academy, 242 Young St, Waterloo NSW 2017
For more information or to register email: email@example.com
This 3 day immersive workshop will give participants a comprehensive understanding of how to apply the vocabulary of the Viewpoints to the creation of devised work. Ideal for performers, theatre makers or teachers looking for a new approach to group performance building. Over the three day participants will undergo an in depth exploration of the Viewpoints as an ensemble building, improvisation practice and develop a practical language and process for creating dynamic stage moments.
The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the modern dance world. It was first articulated by choreographer Mary Overlie, who broke down the two dominant elements of performance - time and space. Her approach has since been adapted for actors by director Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. The Viewpoints are used as an ensemble-building tool, to give performers an awareness of the power of their physical expression and to create dynamic stage moments. During this practical workshop participants will be introduced to the individual Viewpoints and investigate the elements of time and space to make bold and considered theatrical choices. A strong understanding of physical language in relationship to fellow performers, the performance space and the audience will be developed. Participants will also discover how meaning can be interpreted through movement and the body’s placement in space. Afternoon sessions will focus on applying the Viewpoints vocabulary as staging tools to create devised work using text based activities and innovative approaches to dramaturgy.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Tina Mitchell is a New York based theatre artist and works internationally as an actor, director and teaching artist. She has trained with the SITI Company for over 10 years and was their Artistic Associate from 2011-2013. Tina has performed with SITI Company and was Assistant Director to Anne Bogart on their production of Antigone. She has also trained with the Suzuki Company of Toga, Cicely Berry, HB Studios and has taught at many international institutions including Atlantic Theater School - New York, Universidad Javeriana – Colombia, the University of New Hampshire, Unitec New Zealand and the Adelaide College of the Arts among others.
Tina’s work has been produced some of the leading Arts festivals in the world including the Iberoamericano Festival de Bogotá, the Napoli International Teatro Festival, Festival Iberoamericano de Cádiz, The Adelaide Fringe Festival and The New York International Fringe Festival. Her latest work Miss Julia has just completed a season at La Mama in New York and will be performed at Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago in October for the inaugural Chicago Latin American Theatre Festival and in LA in November. She is currently performing in Sleep No More and recently played the title role in Mata Hari for the Prototype Festival in New York. She has worked for many international companies including Spain’s La Fura dels Baus, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Hanyong Theatre South Korea and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Tina played Lady Macbeth for Southwest Shakespeare, and appeared in Ann Hamilton - The Event of a Thread with SITI Company at The Park Avenue Armory. She recently worked with The Metropolitan Opera on Lulu directed by William Kentridge. Other theatre includes: The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth (Southwest Shakespeare), systems/layers (SITI Company), The Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano de Bergerac (Aquila Theatre US Tour), Harry’s Christmas (Chopt Logic), The Most Massive Woman Wins (Australia and Singapore). www.tinacmitchell.com and www.miss-julia.org.
Shane works as a director and producer in Australia and overseas. Select recent directing credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Movement Direction) for The Court Theatre (New Zealand), The Whale for Redline Productions at The Old Fitz Theatre (Nominated for eight Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016), Lighten Up by Nicholas Brown and Sam McCool at Griffin Theatre, Songs for the Fallen at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (Winner of Most Outstanding Show), Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Brisbane International Arts Festival and The Old Fitz, Pornography by Simon Stephens for NIDA, Altar Boyz for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand Premiere), Calendar Girls for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand), Doctor Faustus for RCHK (Hong Kong), Mrs Bang: A Series of Seductions for the 32nd Stage Song Festival (Poland), Often I Find That I Am Naked for Critical Stages ( Australian National Tour), Avenue Q for Fortune Theatre (New Zealand), My Name is Rachel Corrie for La Boite Theatre (Brisbane), Orestes, Trojan Women and Radio Hysteria for NIDA Open, The Crucible for RCHK, Motortown for 23rd Productions (Nomination Best Show Matilda Awards). He worked as movement coach on the Australian feature film, Sleeping Beauty, and in 2009 worked as show director for CIRCA on their European tour of CIRCA ‘09.
In 2007 he travelled to New York to continue training with Anne Bogart and the Saratoga International Theatre Institute in Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and in 2012 he received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to attend the New York Film Academy. He was a company member of Australian Physical Theatre Company Zen Zen Zo from 1999 – 2008 training extensively in contemporary Asian performing arts.
He is a graduate of the Directing Program at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA, Sydney), Screenwriting for Feature Film at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and has also completed a BA in Theatre Studies at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
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