2015 Upcoming Classes:


Annie Loui/Counter-Balance Theater (Los Angeles)
April 11th-12th, 1:00-5:30PM
FIRST TIME OFFERED!
Construction Tools: Building Physical Theater

This studio workshop will involve basic movement training in both conditioning exercises, technical weight and energy sharing (Loui Movement Technique) and the exploration of construction tools for the creation of physical theatre in the style of Counter-Balance Theater. The workshop will culminate in a short group physical theatre construction based on a piece of literature, probably the classic Greek epic, The Odyssey.

This is a studio workshop, and participants should already have a grounding in physical theatre or dance. The weekend will be divided into practical training exercises creating some common vocabulary, and construction around a script that is already broken down into imagery and movement components. At the end of the workshop we will talk about the basics of script construction and the “fleshing out” process, so that participants can leave the workshop with a sense of how Counter-Balance construction can be used for their own work.

Grounded in the mime, modern dance and dance/theater explorations of Paris in the late 1970’s, and expanded in 30 years of studio training with actors, Loui Movement Technique reveals the physical/emotional honesty of actors in a scene. The playful, dynamic and exhilarating shifts of counter-balance that characterize the work, are reached through the practice of contact improvisation. This is a training of energy and weight exchange in which the ultimate goal is kinetic and intimate responsiveness to a partner. Basic tumbling, energy exchange exercises and partnering dance lifts are its fundamental building blocks. A good contact session taken into text will allow the spontaneous physical language of the actors’ bodies to parallel the dialogue they are speaking. Without consciously imposed objectives actors inter-relate spontaneously, dynamically and elegantly; and the outcome is an imprinted ability to deliver emotional and physical honesty in a scene.

Counter-Balance Theater uses this technique to train both within the company, in classes at UCI, and in workshops for a wider public. The physical techniques in leveraging, complicit interchange and trajectory of motion, are used to create the imagery scored in the Counter-Balance scripts.

Counter-Balance intensive workshops in devising focus on creating these scripts – organizing the scenario detailing imagery, text and sound, and the direct application of Loui Movement Technique for physical theater story-telling. Devising workshops also detail the practical creative processes adapting literature for the stage: from inception of idea to scripting, through a disciplined and inclusive rehearsal process, to production. www.counter-balancetheater.com/


DAY/TIME: APRIL 11th and 12th, 1:00-5:30PM
WEAR: COMFORTABLE CLOTHING, LAYERS, DRESS TO MOVE
BRING: A SNACK AND WATER BOTTLE
LOCATION: DENNIS GALLAGHER ARTS PAVILLION, 66 PAGE ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102.
ENTER ON LILY ST DOUBLE DOORS.

 
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Tina Kronis/Theatre Movement Bazaar (Los Angeles)
NEW DATE: June 20th-21st: 1:00-5:00pm
Inner/Outer Athleticism: Physical Actor Training

Physical Actor Training with Theatre Movement Bazaar Artistic Director, Tina Kronis. This intensive 2 day workshop is designed to enhance mind-body awareness, precision and the inner/outer athleticism of the actor. By coordinating movement, breath, voice and rhythm, the workshop develops the actor’s instinct, expressive body and ability to approach text and performance physically.

TMB began as a collaboration between choreographer/director/performer Tina Kronis, and mechanical engineer/writer/filmmaker Richard Alger. The company is based in Los Angeles, and since 1997 has produced 19 original works, garnering critical attention and presenting its work across the US, the UK and Asia.
www.TheatreMovementBazaar.org


“Theatre Movement Bazaar is heralded as a gold standard of wry literary remakes.” – Los Angeles Times


DAY/TIME: June 20th and 21st, 10:00AM-2:30PM
WEAR: COMFORTABLE CLOTHING, LAYERS, DRESS TO MOVE
BRING: A SNACK AND WATER BOTTLE
LOCATION: SAFEhouse (formerly Kunst-Stoff arts), 1 GROVE ST, SF, above the Burger King, enter on Grove St
TRANSPORTATION: Civic Center BART, parking is metered, FREE on Sundays (read signs) Garages at 360 Grove st and 376 Larkin St. Remove valuables from sight in cars.

 
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