Festival Announces Series of Interactive Workshops
MAY and June 2013 will once
again see Tmesis Theatre present Physical Fest, and for their ninth
year the physical theatre festival has announced an exciting 8 day
line-up of workshops to accompany its performances.
Physical Fest will run from Friday 24, May to Saturday, 1 June 2013,
in venues across Liverpool. Presented by Liverpool based theatre
company Tmesis Theatre, Physical Fest will showcase a variety of
physical theatre workshops encouraging audiences to get involved and
showcase their improv skills.
These workshops, given by some of the world's most exciting physical
theatre practitioners, make up a large part of the festival with
interactive events including physical theatre, clowning,
improvisation and acrobatics, all taking place at the Bluecoat arts
venue in Liverpool City centre.
Physical Fest workshops start on Saturday, 25 May 2013, with The
Theatrical Body, presented by Compagnie Mangano-Massip, a French
Theatre Company formed by Sara Mangano and Pierre-Yves Massip to
explore the art of mime and associated forms of expression. Inspired
by Marcel Marceau, Etienne Decroux and Jacques Lecoq, the workshop
will explore the full range of an actor's physical expression,
nuances of movement and dramatic gesture.
Sunday, 26 May 2013, will see Daphnis Kokkinos host a workshop based
on the work of the late Pina Bausch. Beginning with modern dance
training, Daphnis will then teach a series of movements which will
allow students to find their own movement, unique to themselves.
Participants will get the chance to explore their innermost feelings
and transform them into dance and theatre.
An evening class will also take place on Sunday, 26 May 2013, hosted
by Mary Prestige and Jo Blowers. This workshop will explore contact
improvisation as a tool for physical performance as well as
release-based techniques. Students will explore developing trust,
spontaneity and expressivity through touch and weight sharing.
On Monday, 27 May 2013, Tmesis Theatre's own Yorgos Karamalegos will
host the morning class Seeking for Pleasure. Based on Lorna
Marshall's 'fun time for the body' this dive inside the human body
is the perfect way to start the day.
Also on Monday, 27 May 2013, will be the workshop Delve Deeper, held
by movement director Fin Walker. Open to performers from all
disciplines, participants will get the opportunity to step into
their bodies inhabiting them fully in the moment of being, letting
its movement support the movement of energy.
Tuesday, 28 May 2013, see Yorgos Karamalegos host a workshop as part
of the London based Physical Acting Lab. Through durational movement
and music, participants will open up physically and emotionally,
focusing on physical grounding and identification of individuals
Barefeet Acrobatics will hold their Afro-Batics workshop on the
evening of Tuesday, 28 May 2013.
Participants should prepare to spend a mass of energy as the
Barefeet Acrobats guide them through a series of lifts, dives and
spins. Developing flexibility and strength, the acrobats take
inspiration from traditional Zambian myth and folklore, mixing
rhythm, voice and crump influenced movement.
Barefeet Acrobatics will also hold a workshop for 11 to 18 year olds
on Saturday, 18 May 2013.
Adam Meggido presents his improvisation in performance workshop on
Wednesday, 29 May. As the artistic director of Extempore Theatre,
Adam is the co creator of some of the most ambitious and successful
improvised theatre in the UK today. This hands-on approach to
improvisation and spontaneity in theatre will give performers a
freedom release and confidence in the moment.
Artistic director of Tmesis theatre Elinor Randle leads Morning
Moves on Thursday, 30 May 2013. This gentle way into moving is the
perfect way to revitalise the mind and body after 6 days of
workshops, using partner stretches, gentle movement and
improvisation in preparation for expression.
Next up on Thursday, 30 May 2013, is performer, director, and clown
doctor, Jamie Wood's workshop exploring clowning as a
place to be open, honest, vulnerable, present and playful. Clown,
Open to the space between us explores the space between the audience
and performer and how you can have fun in this space.
The series of workshops comes to an end with a 2 day mask workshop
from Unbridled Theatre's artistic director, Michael A Brown on
Friday, 31 May and Saturday, 1 June 2013.
Day 1 will explore the neutral
mask, representing a human with no past or future plans; this state
of neutrality allows the actor to live fully in a state of
Day 2 will look at the expressive
mask, from abstract to full face character masks; exploring the
opportunity mask play makes of the performers body and imagination.
The only festival of its kind in Europe, Physical Fest is organised
by Tmesis Theatre and brings the world's best local, national and
international movement and physical theatre artists to Liverpool in
an exciting 9 day programme of events, workshops, taster classes and
performances. For full information on all workshops please visit:-
and to book a place on a workshop, download a form from:-
email or call:- 0781 330 1517.
scheme launched at Ropewalks construction site
THE Prince's Trust has
teamed up with VINCI Construction UK to offer unemployed young
people in Liverpool the opportunity to "Get into Construction".
15 -- 18 to 25 year olds received a 2 week introduction at the North
Liverpool Regeneration company before taking part in 10 days of
multi-discipline, construction work experience. The programme took
place at East Village Student Accommodation, a £10m scheme in the
Ropewalks area which is being undertaken by VINCI Construction UK.
Carl Ingman, age 23, said:-
"I would like to give a big thank you to VINCI Construction UK and
The Prince's Trust for the great experience and opportunity they
have given me. I really enjoyed learning new things and finding out
what it is like to work on a construction site. The programme has
given me the confidence and experience needed to pursue a career in
construction and get the job I have always been looking for"
Peter Dodd, Project Manager, VINCI Construction UK, Building
Division – North, said:- "We greatly support any initiative
such as, the Get into Construction programme, which inspires young
people to develop new skills and encourages them into a career. With
the high number of young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance it is
important for us to create opportunities for work and development."
A celebration was held at the end
of the programme, and young people delivered a presentation to
demonstrate what they learned. Those who did in the programme may be
offered an apprenticeship; furthering their development in their
chosen trade. East Village site recently welcomed 3 apprentices,
including Louis Crosbie who joined as a full time technical trainee.
William Morris and John Parry also completed 2 weeks of work
photographers' exhibition success
AN innovative new project
by UK artist Egle Meistaite has recently opened at the Camp and
Furnace in Liverpool. 2 local visually impaired Henshaws parents,
Kevin Pagan and John Edgley, were collaborators on the project along
with other collaborators Elaine Fielding, Tana Corps and Chineze
Okeke and photographers Petra Stridfeldt and Julieann O'Malley.
The photographs were taken by 3 groups of participants -
professional photographers without disabilities, people with
different physical state ie. blind or visually impaired people and
participants with different state of mind, in particular autistic
people. Each photographer was partnered with one blind or visually
impaired and one autistic person and workshops were based on seven
different guidelines. The pairs then wandered around Merseyside for
7 days, exploring spaces/ environments using one guideline per day.
John gained so much from participating in the project:- "When
I was initially asked to take part in the photography project I
didn't know what to expect. I hadn't done any serious photography
before and I was curious about what it would entail and what I could
learn from it. I really enjoyed the project and realised that we
look at things from different perspectives whether we are visually
impaired or sighted. I have gained photography skills, a sense that
I can do more, an awareness of my surroundings and my confidence has
soared. I would definitely do something like this again, and am keen
to maintain and develop my photography skills further. I was so
proud to see my photographs exhibited in a gallery."
The artist, Egle, said of John:- "Walking with John Edgley you
find simple and honest meanings which you leave behind while rushing
through the day. Vertical lines, playful shadows, contemplation and
a sense of longing are typical for John's photography."
Elaine Stewart, a Family Support Officer at Henshaws was
delighted to be involved in the project, and noticed a definite
change in the outlook of the participants:- "The Launch went
extremely well and the photographs that John and Kevin had taken
were amazing. They were exhibited alongside photographs taken by
professional sighted photographers and no one could tell the
difference. It was a fantastic project for them to get involved in,
and has really improved their confidence as well as given them a new
appreciation of the world."