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Workcenter Workshops in Europe – Women of the Open Program in Gdańsk, Torino, Vienna, and Paris

 

WORKCENTER’S WORKSHOPS IN EUROPE – The women of the Open Program in Gdańsk, Torino, Vienna and Paris.
April 19th – 30th 2017                                                                                                                                                                

In the second half of April, the women of the Open Program will travel to four European cities to conduct a series of workshops. Each of the three workshops, happening simultaneously in Gdańsk, Torino and Vienna, will focus on different aspects and possibilities of the actor’s craft as approached at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards by the women of the Open Program team. The fourth and last workshop, in Paris, will be conducted by the four women together. Participants to this last workshop will also, together with the four performers of the Open Program, take an active part in the Open Choir – a free and open-to-all encounter through singing. 

Canto e Atto Creativo in Torino, Italy
Led by Felicita Marcelli
Dates: April 19th to April 23rd 2017

Location : “Sala Loft del Teatro Espace”, Via Mantova 34, Torino
For applications, please write  to: wkcworkshop.torino2017@gmail.com                                   
For a description of the workshop, please see here https://www.facebook.com/events/ or below.

Dancing Within in Vienna, Austria
Led by Graziele Sena
Dates: April 19th to April 23rd 2017
Location : Studio Null Punkt Eins Rienößlgasse 4/1, 1040 Wien

For applications, please write to: ditirambi@gmail.com     
For a description of the workshop, please see here https://www.facebook.com/events/ or below.

The Actor’s Playing in Gdańsk, Poland
Led by Agnieszka Kazimierska and assisted by Pauline Laulhe
Dates: April 20th to April 23rd 2017
For applications, please write to: wkcworkshop.gdansk2017@gmail.com                                 
For a description of the workshop, please see here https://www.facebook.com/events/ or below.

THE OPEN PROGRAM’S WOMEN TEACHING in Paris, France
Led by Felicita Marcelli, Agnieszka Kazimierska, Graziele Sena, and Pauline Laulhe
Dates: April 26th to April 30th 2017
Location:  La Guillotine, 24 rue Robespierre, 93100 Montreuil 
For applications, please write to: pauline.laulhe@gmail.com                                                         
For a description of the workshop, please see here https://www.facebook.com/events/ or below.

OPEN CHOIR in Paris, France
Date: April 30th 2017
Location: La Guillotine, 24 rue Robespierre, 93100 Montreuil
For more information, please write to: pauline.laulhe@gmail.com

 


Workshop del Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards,
Canto e Atto Creativo
Condotto da Felicita Marcelli

19-23 aprile 2017
Sala Loft del teatro Espace, via Mantova 34, Torino

Il workshop consiste in un’esplorazione dell’approccio al canto e all’azione sviluppato al Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, come specificamente declinato nella pratica da Felicita Marcelli, al Workcenter dal 2007 e membro chiave del gruppo Open Program guidato da Mario Biagini (direttore associato del Workcenter).
Che posto ha il canto nella creazione scenica? In questo workshop partiamo dalla possibilità che il canto in scena possa non essere solo una “colonna sonora”, in accompagnamento a quel che succede, o un riempitivo per transizioni da una scena all’altra. Se un canto è presente all’interno di una scena ci si può avvicinare ad esso come a un organismo dotato di vita propria: da questo punto di vista il senso del canto, pur senza prescindere dalla sua funzione nella struttura drammaturgica complessiva dello spettacolo, può risiedere principalmente nello sviluppo di una relazione con chi lo canta, e nella possibilità che attraverso tale relazione avvenga una trasformazione nella qualità di presenza e percezione della persona.
Come un organismo vivente, il canto ha bisogno di essere sostenuto e nutrito, affinché si sviluppi e appaia pienamente. Possiamo pensare alla solidità della melodia, della vibrazione e del ritmo come alla struttura, lo scheletro, la spina dorsale del canto. Il contenuto associativo, le intenzioni e le azioni della persona che canta sono il nutrimento, la sostanza che fa crescere e sviluppare l’organismo-canto. Chiaramente, bisogna cercare e trovare le azioni e le associazioni appropriate, scovare il territorio personale, intimo che permetta un incontro tra la persona che canta e il canto stesso. Quando entrambi questi aspetti (solidità della struttura e nutrimento) sono presenti, il canto si manifesta come un organismo vivo. L’incontro tra la persona e il canto può evolvere in direzione di un’unità inscindibile, come se non fosse più la persona a cantare il canto, ma il canto stesso che canta la persona, che in qualche modo la muove.  
Questa ricerca della vita del canto può condurre verso territori associativi sconosciuti o dimenticati, aprendo nuove vene creative, nuove sorgenti a cui un’artista può attingere per nutrire la propria vita professionale.
Questi ed altri elementi del mestiere performativo verranno esplorati principalmente in due tipi di sessioni di lavoro: presentazione, analisi e sviluppo di proposte sceniche individuali: ogni partecipante preparerà una breve proposta scenica contenente un canto e un breve testo, che verrà presentata all’inizio del workshop, quindi analizzata e sviluppata in sessioni di lavoro individuali nel corso del workshop, per poi essere presentata e analizzata una seconda e, laddove possibile nei limiti di tempo, una terza volta.
Sessioni di canto: queste sessioni, che rappresentano il cuore della ricerca del Workcenter, saranno basate su canti tradizionali provenienti dalla diaspora africana nelle Americhe, principalmente canti del Sud degli Stati Uniti, ma anche canti afro-ispanici provenienti dall’America Latina.

ORARI :
19 aprile: dalle 18 alle 21
20 aprile: dalle 17.30 alle 21.30
21 aprile: dalle 17.30 alle 21.30
22 – 23 aprile: dalle 10 alle 18
Costo: 250 euro

INFO E ISCRIZIONI: wkcworkshop.torino2017@gmail.com


Workshop of The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards,
Dancing Within
Led by Graziele Sena

April 19-23 

The singing body and the dancing voice

We start from the hypothesis that anyone can dance and sing. But what exactly is it to sing and to dance? The tempo-rhythm and the melody of a song are the structural basis for the improvisation of a dance that starts from within. If we think of the connection of the rhythm of a song and our own behavior, we find a simple pulsation that can serve as the basis and which arises from the inside. The body moves in rhythm, the tempo is connected to action, intention, the associative process and memories. It is a complex relation between the mind, the body and a lot more. When and where does a dance or song happen? What are the alive impulses that support the song? And by what are they connected? How can those connections feed the creative potential of oneself?
Taking as a basis traditional songs form the American South and other songs of the African diaspora, we set out on a journey of exploration of basic rhythmic, vibratory and structural elements for the creation of acting scenes based, with simple sequences of actions. 
During the five-day work session participants will work on: vibration of the voice, awareness of space and reaction to its constituting elements, improvisation within a structure, training (a flow of games and psycho-physical exercises) and work on their own personal material.

The workshop is addressed to actors and anybody interested in exploring the tools of the actor’s work.
Schedule : Wednesday and Saturday : 10h-17h
                    Thursday, Friday, Sunday : 09h-16h
Fee: To be announced
Limited to 15 participants, please send an application to <ditirambi@gmail.com>, or call +43 650 7539032


Workshop of The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards,
The Actor’s Playing
Led by Agnieszka Kazimierska, assited by Pauline Laulhe

April 20-23 

A four-day workshop for actors, dancers, directors, individuals interested in developing their skills within performing arts. During the workshop the participants will have an opportunity to approach in practice, though the elements of playing, the nature of what might be seen as the core of actor’s craft: organic and believable behavior. 
PLAYING is one of the basic abilities the actor relies upon. How to play. How to play like a child. Intention, action, reaction, rhythm, associations, flow of life, articulation of behavior: all these basic elements of actor’s craft are present when a person is playing.
We all were children. We all know how to play. We don’t even need to know how to play. Maybe at a certain point of our lives we forgot, giving priority to the values of discipline and fulfilling well our duties… And that’s great. But still, we all can and need to play. We like different games. In any moment, we can re-discover how to play, together with others.
During the workshop, we will experiment with this ability and space of playing in various sessions. In the frame of professional actor’s work, through singing, games and improvisations in the space, and work on individual acting scenes, participants will have a chance to intentionally re-approach their own playfulness. 
That’s one of the challenges of the actor’s craft – how to let the game, the scene, a given character live again and again, how to play the same game over and over, without it becoming formal or dry.
Playing has another great quality: in playing there is no judgement…Mario Biagini would often remind us while working: the child is just playing. Nothing is wrong or bad or silly or stupid. Nothing means anything else than what it is. It’s just playing.

SESSIONS OF WORK:

Games in the space
Through a series of silent games in the space the participants will have a possibility to activate and follow a flow of associations through contacts, intentions, actions, reactions.

Sessions of singing
A possibility to discover how one’s intentions, actions, reactions, relatedness and interaction in a complex dynamic performative situation. Participants are faced with a choice of how to behave, what to do. How do I participate in what happens? How do I play my role? And which one? Do I choose it? Can I change it?

Individual scenes
Through the work on individual acting scenes participants will have a possibility of exploring organic behavior inside a repeatable structure, and discover how “to do again” without diminishing the complexity of organic behavior. Work on individual acting scenes is also an opportunity to experientially understand the necessity of both – the elaboration of a structured score (composition) and engagement through playing (the improvised flow of life) in the actor’s work.

In preparation for the workshop participants should prepare a scene 3 minutes long at most. The scene should be like a miniature performance, with a beginning, a middle and an end, and must contain a text and or song that are meaningful to the participant. The structure of the proposal should be repeatable. The actions and the meaning of the text should be understandable to an outside observer. The text must be perfectly memorized. The song must have a solid melody. Words and melody must be perfectly memorized and not improvised.

If you would like to re-catch the wave of playing, please come and join us at THE ACTOR’S PLAYING.

Fees :
– for people from Eastern- Europe:
– 400 zł (normal price) 350zł (for students)
– for all the other people: 210 euros

Further information will be sent to participants after the confirmation of their participation. 

All those interested are kindly asked to send their CV and short motivation letter at wkcworkshop.gdansk2017@gmail.com. 


THE OPEN PROGRAM’S WOMEN TEACHING – Paris (France)
(French version below)

Led by Felicita Marcelli, Agnieszka Kazimierska, Graziele Sena and Pauline Laulhe, members of the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.
April 26th – 30th 2017
La Guillotine, 24 rue Robespierre, 93100 Montreuil. 

Led by the women of the Open Program team, the participants will have an opportunity to approach fundamental elements of the actor’s work through different sessions of work, including singing, dancing, games in the space, work on individual acting scenes.
Singing and dancing are at the very basis of theater craft: they create a field of interaction, a space where human ludic sensibility articulates itself in vibration and rhythm.
Through this specific and yet variegated approach to craft, participants will discover and develop what is alive and fertile specifically for each of them, and bring these discoveries into their individual work on acting scenes.
Some of the time will be devoted to the preparation for a public encounter that will take place during the last day of the workshop. Participants will assist the four women during the Open Choir – a free open-to-all encounter through singing that is part of the Open Program current artistic practice. 

Preparation of acting scenes

Each participant is asked to prepare, prior to the workshop, an acting scene containing a song and/or a text. The scene should be maximum 3 minutes long. The chosen material should have a special meaning for the person. The acting scene should have a repeatable structure, like a miniature performance with a beginning, a development and an end. The text and the melody of the song should be perfectly memorized. The clothes for the scene should be chosen specifically as for a performance.

Preparation for the work with the songs and dances

Participants are asked to bring elegant, colorful clothes for the sessions of singing. The clothes that one would put for a special occasion. It is recommended for women to bring also long skirts.

Preparation for the physical games in the space

For these sessions participants are asked to bring a black bathing suit, and some dark comfortable clothes to wear.

 For applications and more information, please write to: pauline.laulhe@gmail.com

Price:
– 315 euros, regular price;
– 250 euros, price for participants who take part  to any other workshops by the Open Program’s women in Gdańsk, Torino or Vienna.

LES FEMMES DE L’OPEN PROGRAM À PARIS 

Stage dirigé par Felicita Marcelli, Agnieszka Kazimierska, Graziele Sena et Pauline Laulhe,
membres du « Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards ».
Du 26 au 30 avril 2017, à la Guillotine, 24 rue Robespierre, 93100 Montreuil.

Sous la direction des femmes de l’Open Program, les participants auront l’opportunité d’aborder les éléments fondamentaux du jeu d’acteur à travers différentes sessions de travail, y compris sur le chant, la danse, les « jeux dans l’espace », et grâce au développement d’une scène individuelle.
Chanter et danser sont des éléments de base de l’artisanat du théâtre : ils créent un champ d’interaction, un espace où la sensibilité humaine s’articule d’elle même en vibration et rythme.
A travers cette approche spécifique et cependant multiple du travail de l’acteur, les participants découvriront et développeront ce qui est vivant et fertile pour chacun d’eux, et pourront ammener ces découvertes à l’interieur de leurs scènes individuelles.
Une partie du temps sera dédié à la préparation d’une présentation publique qui aura lieu le dernier jour du stage. Les participants assisteront les quatre femmes lors de l’Open Choir – une rencontre chantée, gratuite et ouverte à tous, qui fait partie des travaux artistiques actuels de l’Open Program.

Préparation des propositions de jeu : 

Il est demandé à chaque participant de préparer, avant le début du stage, une scène individuelle incluant un chant et/ou un texte. Cette scène ne doit pas dépasser 3 minutes. Le materiel choisi doit avoir une signification particulière pour le participant. La scène doit pouvoir être répétée avec précision, être structurée avec un milieu, un développement et une fin, tel un mini-spectacle.
Le texte et la mélodie du chant doivent être parfaitement mémorisés. Les vêtements portés lors de la proposition doivent aussi être consciemment choisis, comme lors d’un spectacle.

Préparation au travail avec les chants et les danses :

Il est demandé aux participants d’apporter des vêtements élégants et colorés pour les sessions de travail avec les chants. Des vêtements que l’on pourrait porter lors d’une occasion spéciale. Il est recommandé aux femmes d’apporter de longues jupes. 

Préparation pour les « jeux dans l’espace » :

Pour cette session, il demandé aux participants d’apporter un maillot de bain noir, ainsi que des vêtements noirs et confortables en cas de froid. 

Pour postuler et pour plus d’informations, merci d’écrire à : pauline.laulhe@gmail.com

Prix : 
– 315 euros, plein tarif;
– 250 euros, tarif réduit pour les participants ayant pris part à l’un des autres stages proposés par les femmes de l’Open Program, à Gdansk, Turin ou Vienna. 


Photo : Kinga Bura