Fancy learning Suzuki and Viewpoints in Aberystwyth?

Hey everyone!

Hope life is all good across the community. I've just added an event to the site that I wanted to tell you about.

Along with my friend and colleague Judith Sleddens, and the Centre for Performance Research (CPR), I've been planning a two-week theatre training workshop - that is now announced and open for applications!

The workshop will be a two-week intensive led by Ellen Lauren and Barney O'Hanlon, from SITI Company. SITI is a theatre ensemble based in New York, led by Artistic Director Anne Bogart; their training methods, Suzuki and Viewpoints, have been part of the company ethos for its whole 20-year life, and Ellen and Barney are also incredibly skilled and generous in their sharing of these methods.

The course is going to take place for two weeks - 12 training days - from 25th March til 6th April, in the studios of the Film, TV and Theatre Department in Aberystwyth Uni, and as well as training everyday in Suzuki and Viewpoints, the group will also work in Composition, Voice and Movement Laboratories.

I first did this training a year ago, and it really changed both how I work and how I understand and think about my practice. It's as useful for directors, singers and designers as it is for actors (though actors, it does really good things for your listening and aliveness on stage, and your work in ensemble). The two methods are very distinct: Suzuki is really physically and vocally strict, full of fixed forms and focused on the individual body; and Viewpoints appears to be the complete opposite - 'freeform', improvisational, and about being in touch with the whole group. I've attached the invitation below so you can read a bit more about the course and the training if you'd like.

As well as bringing Ellen and Barney to lovely Aber, we're also excited to bring a really dynamic group of very different artists, with different backgrounds, disciplines and experiences. Come and be one!

If you're interested please get in touch with me on the community website, or email - that's also the address to write to if you want an application form.


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