Zen Zen Zo Physical theatre workshop teaches ensemble training, stage presence and a method to create striking moments of theatre. It is multi-levelled so beginners can work alongside those who have done the training before. It's deep ensemble building work that can increase self-esteem, confidence on stage and trust in your own artistic impulses. While this workshop is challenging, you will be challenged in a very safe and fun way.
This workshop will be conducted online on Zoom.
This workshop is for anyone who wants to have stage presence and create interesting theatre. Actors, dancers, public speakers, circus artists, teachers.
Minimum age is 16 years old.
Dates and Time:
Beginner’s Butoh : 11th July, Saturday, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Viewpoints Taster: 12th July, Sunday, 3.00pm – 4.30pm
The Suzuki Method of Actor Training : 12th July, Sunday, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Introduction to Zen Zen Zo’s Physical Theatre Training Methods:
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Do I need to be really fit/ flexible or have done this work before?
No! We welcome beginners and while you will be physically challenged, you will always be working at your own level, beginners can train alongside those who have done the work before and still be both challenged and supported.
I am not an actor, will this work benefit me?
We have worked with people from a mixed background, even sportsmen, gymnasts, musicians and lawyers who want to have great presence in their work. If you want to be grounded and flex your creative muscles in any kind of performing arts or public presentation settings, then this training is for you.
Can this training help me create my own theatre performances?
We will cover a method called composition which is a great way of making work from scratch. You will build off your physical training to sketch visually stunning moments that you can develop further if you wish.
Will there be a final performance? (Not applicable for 3-hour workshop)
We will have a showing at the end of the course for people to come and watch the way you have been working! This is optional.
Alys has a Bachelor of Education specialising in Perf Arts. She is a registered dance and specialist Performing Arts Teacher. Alys has trained in Brisbane with Zen Zen Zo since 2008, and is now Associate director for Zen Zen Zo Brisbane Company and Director of the New Zealand arm of the company, having trained extensively alongside the founding directors, Simon Woods & Lynne Bradley. A regular teacher at the annual Stomping Ground in Brisbane she assists and leads the quality training, also expanding her development of Lecoq pedagogy with frequent annual training with Steph Kehoe. Alys has workshopped with Frantic Assembly and taught as a guest artists in a number of companies around the world, including The Court Youth Company in Christchurch. She has performed and studied with founding Butoh company Dairakudakan, in Hakuba Japan and Brisbane Australia.
Alys as director of Zen Zen Zo NZ, currently runs the weekly Actor’s Dojo adult and youth classes at The Piano centre for contemporary performing arts. Alys has travelled around New Zealand, Singapore, Australia & Europe to run Zen Zen Zo workshops and residencies for high schools and professional theatre companies. She runs teacher training programs in New Zealand, has been a specialist tutor at LAF (Lyttleton Arts Factory), directs performances in Christchurch and has trained as both a Les Mills BodyJam Instructor, worked for eight years as a tutor with Jolt Integrated Dance company and been the Head of Drama at New Zealand high schools throughout her teaching career.