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David Glass Ensemble Learning Presents
Applied Physical Theatre Workshop: The Artist & Society
Friday, September 1, 7.30pm – 10pm
Saturday, September 2, 3pm – 10pm
Sunday, September 3, 10am – 6pm
Friday, September 8, 7.30pm – 10pm
Saturday, September 9, 3pm – 10pm
Sunday, September 10, 10am – 6pm
WHAT IS APPLIED THEATRE?
The workshop will explore the use of chorus to find social voice and look at how physical dynamics can be used to illuminate and build upon Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Through practical physical exercises workshop participants embody social actions, power dynamics and interrogate how the chorus can speak of and to society. Moving beyond Augusto Boal, we will ask how performance and audience engagement can activate change? Provocation, alienation and discovery will be strong themes, but as creativity of the performer is at the centre of this work, the thematic direction will be defined by the group in the end.
WHAT WILL THE INSTRUCTOR FOCUS ON?
Melissa will draw upon her practice applying theatre for development whilst working in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia, and share an approach that combines physical play, forum theatre, social change and activism.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
Singers, dancers, actors and anybody interested in exploring social issues with their bodies.
The minimum age to participate in the class is 16 years old.
- Different methods of applied theatre
- Using physical methods and exercises to explore social and political conceptions
- Exploring different performance artists and their means of discovering and struggling with social issues
Melissa Eveleigh is an Arts and Communication expert specialising in theatre for good governance, dialogue and justice. Melissa has broad grassroots experience in Southern Africa and South Asia, including: training practitioners in a wide range of drama-based processes, devising and touring issue-based performance, designing and implementing community-based education, national campaigning, using theatre, radio and communication for awareness, engagement and policy interaction.
With over 12 years experience living and working in Southern Africa, Melissa co-founded and managed the award-winning Arts and Development NGO, Nanzikambe Arts. Whilst there she established a national programme for the arts, a national network of practitioners using social research, interactive theatre, and local media for positive change, and a theatre-for-decision-makers programme. Programmes delivered change in the areas of governance, justice, rights, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and Malaria prevention.
- Political theatre
- Theatre of the Oppressed
- Physical Theatre
- Audience Engagement
- Discover their identity as a citizen artist
- Developing methods and tools for applied theatre
- Develop critical perspective and visions on social issues