We have had a nice little run of classes. From October 1st till the 17th
of December. 11 classes and a host of special guests. Here is a brief
recap just so you are clued in a little to the intention and function
of these classes...
We started with African dance, Liza Matlack
took us through some rudiments, some simple choreographies and a slice
of the historical roots. She will be back again this year to deepen this
Grady Cousins ran a Kechak workshop which will
also return. A favorite; rythmic chanting and a group mind which stimulates
creation in an unprecedented manner.
For more info on Grady and his work: http://www.onepeople.com/
Tirza Naramore taught contact dance
skills and the crew of the Heraclitus (a pirate sea vessel
which surveys the damage to coral reefs and performs for each other on
the open sea) showed up to rock us with their powerful ensemble.
Sean O'Dougherty revealed the secrets of mysterious extremity
which is the Bouffon. A walkabout into the power of the
French Lecoq school and divine madness.
For More info on Sean and his work: http://www.glide.org/ourwork/youth.asp
Keith Hennesey (the director of Circo Zero) taught us the nature
of the image and left us with 10 years of homework to refine
the image and make the body a sensual vehicle for the audience's gaze.
For more info on Keith and his work: http://www.circozero.org/
Fuelling came all the way from Berlin (where he performs with
grotesque maru; a physical theatre and symphonic opera ensemble) to teach
us the rudiments of Meyerhold's work and the ensemble
as organism was practiced.
For more info on Christopher and his work: http://www.grotest-maru.de/
Antero Alli (local filmaker and anarchist experimenter into ritual)
rocked our collective world with many new techniques for working
with sources in the body and the psyche. Taking that class to
an unprecedented pitch.
For more info on Antero and his work: http://www.paratheatrical.com/pages/bio.html
Ambe Ray then paraded and danced us through the Hero's
journey, A hall of mirrors for the archetypal forces within us.
Mekis facilitated an extremely rewarding class in the roles
of leadership support and following, alot of resistances and
rich on our feet relating to power. Very Juicy. We hope she will also
return this year.
Julie Sparling shared techniques for working with children
in the creation of theatre and we created some hilarious (and revealing)
charecters, and then whipped them into an improvised play in just 30 minutes.
For more info on Julie and her work: http://www.sexylilliputians.com/tc/bios.html
And then to turn the last page on the year Jeff Mooney
(of Reclaiming's Pagan Collective and 848 community space fame) came and
brought his particular melding of writing, rythym and ritual.
For more info on Jeff and his work:
Stay tuned for 2004 when we return for more classes with Ed Holmes
from the SF Mime Troupe (http://www.sfmt.org)
and Remy Charlip (http://www.remycharlip.com/about.html).
Also keep an eye for returning teachers from 2003!