These workshops are part of the Program towards Performances and open for single bookings for days or weeks at a time.
July 29-August 9 Katie Duck
August 12-16 Sharon Smith
13:30-16:30 Monday to Friday
Music Theater / Katie Duck
I have been investigating theatre, dance and music with live performance for 35 years. I take a microscopic view on the role improvisation plays in the creation process combining my background as a maker and performer with a curiosity for advances in brain studies. I have worked with music artists from various backgrounds who share my passion for interdisciplinary real time performances. I include text and objects in my performances with an ear on how this can integrate musically as well as produce an objectified meaning. My study and practice of the body is the glue for how I combine all aspects of the performance arts.
I guide performers through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears effect movement choices using my research in “why we learn to walk”. I set up exercises for musicians, text artists and vocalist during the physical work that challenge their ability to create “a band” instantly. Musicians and performers can choose to change roles in these exercises at any given time.
Creativity is messy. Three choices arise out of the messiness; Pause Flow and Exit. Each of these choices are a mountain of study and each of these choices are shared in the space under the guidance of the performer/ artists relationship to their public.
I extend the workshop towards improvisation sessions setting a fictional front in the studio space and then declare this as a platform to choose pause, flow or exit. These three choices provide the frame for a composition to take place while misunderstanding, coincidence, messiness, emotions, intuition, impulse and inspiration feed the content.
The improvisation sessions are given a delegated time frame with an option for the workshop group to shift, drop or lift the space at will. That responsibility places each individual in a position to be fully awake or they will recognisably loose the thread of the creative activity in play.
Individual development and understanding of presence and tension is critical in this workshop be it in music, text, movement, dance, figure, object or vocals. We amplify how tension reveals presence playing games I have invented that encourage vulnerability and/or expressionism.
In the improvisation sessions, individuals can elect to participate in the performative or as a viewer (front). The aim is to gather the workshop group in a creative composition process with an awareness that time is passing at different perceived speeds and that space is shifting in several dimensions at once. This awake fullness promotes individual composition alertness and an appetite for creativity.
Major questions introduced to the group “What is your relationship to public? How does that relationship formulate the way you compose your work”?
Practicing Presence / Sharon Smith
I have two decades of experience as a professional theatre maker collaborating with some brilliant artists within performance, theatre, video, music and dance. My PhD was practice-based writing through Irigaray, Barthes and performance conversations with many collaborators over a ten-year period. I consider ‘the self’ as ‘part-of’ and work against ‘self’ as separate/singular. I use experience as a mode of analysis. I produce live art performance. Since 2010 I have been a full time member of the arts collective Gob Squad. I co-produce high calibre performance projects and teach workshops internationally in a diverse range of contexts. I am one of seven co-directors/shareholders of the company. Our work is interdisciplinary, often immersive or participatory, always involves improvisation and a range of media informed by central contexts/ideas. The work has toured internationally to over fifty cities around the world.
I develop methods of improvisation towards and for performance that provoke live (as opposed to not live) art. I Combine roots in theatre, dance, performance, visual art and music. I am an interdisciplinary artist and my interests are anti-aesthetic. I want to create a safe space of trust where we can take risks and experiment. I teach and practice improvisation as a live writing. Writing live as the movement of bodies through language and bodies as language. In this practice we will not pursue sameness, but will express difference to the maximum and still we will co-exist, build together, collaborate. No fear of fear. Our posture is an affirmative: Yes, a will to pleasure.
Each Monday at the beginning of the Interdisciplinary workshops, we will share ideas for the up coming performance weekend with the participants who are following the Program towards Freakatoni Witchy weekends. If you are doing a Single Booking for this workshop please be aware of this in our time table. The discussion will take 20 minutes at the beginning of the workshop and is relevant to the material in these workshops so please feel free to join.