Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Austin Stomps

A one-day intensive in the Suzuki Method of Acting and Viewpoints
Presented by the Generic Ensemble Company in partnership with Gale Theatre Company

When: Saturday, February 15; 10am – 6pm
Where: In a private studio in Travis Heights, Austin
What: The physical theatre strategies of Suzuki Actor Training and Viewpoints as developed by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company
Who: Ideal for actors, dancers, performance artists, movement artists, physical theatre performers, directors, and drama/dance students
Cost: $70-$250 Sliding scale; $60 early-bird special if registered by Feb 1. Please register by February 10. Registration is first-come first-registered.
Instructors: Katherine Wilkinson (Gale Theatre) and kt shorb (Generic Ensemble Company)
To Register: Email kt shorb: ktshorb at gmail dot com
Suzuki Method
The Suzuki method was developed by acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga. The training method works to build awareness of the human body - especially its core center with a focus on breath control, concentration and footwork in an effort to heighten the actor's natural expressiveness and emotional and physical commitment to the theatre. The physicality and discipline of the method is inspired by Japanese and Greek theatre, ballet and martial arts.
The Viewpoints is an improvisational technique largely inspired by post-modern dance and was initially developed by choreographer Mary Overlie. Her approach - the Six Viewpoints - breaks down the two dominant issues performers deal with - time and space - into six categories. Artistic Director Anne Bogart and SITI Company have expanded and adapted this approach for actors. The Viewpoints maximizes the intuitive chemistry and spontaneity within a group of actors to quickly generate bold, theatrical work. Emphasis on flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.
Katherine Wilkinson is Producing Artistic Director for the Gale Theatre Company. She has trained in the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints with the SITI Company and Zen Zen Zo. She was a Senior Teacher of Physical Acting at Zen Zen Zo from 2011-13.
kt shorb is the Producing Artistic Director for the award-winning Generic Ensemble Company. She has trained in the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints with the SITI Company and Zen Zen Zo.

This workshop and the work of the Generic Ensemble Company is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.

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