Call for Applications to Les Ateliers du corps Fall Selection Workshop

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

I am looking for actors and dancers to participate in the selection workshop I am offering in the Ottawa/Gatineau area as the first stage of my research/creation project Les Ateliers du corps.


The overall goal of this project is to create and present the original works that emerge

from the regular practice of The Dancing Word, my specific approach to contemporary

performance. Our work together will include training in traditional Chinese martial and

movement arts (wushu and qigong), the practice of a capella group singing, work on

spoken text in both English and French and the devising and composition of original

performance material. The first year of les Ateliers du corps will be divided into four

phases:


Fall Workshop (2009)

This workshop will run for three weeks, from September 14th to October 3rd. The

workshop will consist of three, three-hour long classes per week for a total of 27 hours of instruction. Work sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm and

Saturdays from 1:30pm-4:30pm. There is space in the workshop for a maximum of 16

participants. Following the workshop, a maximum of 8 participants will be invited to join the Winter Studio, in preparation for the Spring Intensive and the final public

performance in the early summer.


The purpose of the Fall Workshop is to allow participants to experience the work I’m

proposing and to allow me the opportunity to assess each person’s aptitude for long-term collaboration. There is no charge for the Fall Workshop. The only requirement is that selected participants attend all the work sessions.


Winter Studio (2009-2010)

A maximum of 8 invited participants will continue the training begun in the Fall

Workshop and will progress to the devising of a full original performance. The Winter

Studio will run on the same schedule as the Fall Workshop from October 5th 2009 to the end of April 2010, with a break for winter holidays and a few long weekends here and there. There is no charge for participation in the winter studio and attendance at every meeting remains mandatory.


Spring Intensive (2010)

In May 2010 Studio participants will be convened for 4 weeks of full-time rehearsals

leading up to the Summer Performance. Participants will be paid a generous honorarium due to the full-time nature of the work required.


Summer Performance (2010)

The outcome of the year’s work will be presented professionally in June 2010. The

working title of the performance is Circe. It is a retelling from different perspectives of

the chapter of the same name from Homer’s Odyssey, created in collaboration with

playwright Michael Geither. The form of the performance will combine choreographed

and rehearsed precision with games, puzzles and rule-based improvisations.

 

Subsequent Years

Plans for the second and third years of les Ateliers du corps include a residency with

master teacher Mario Biagini at the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in Pontedera, Italy and a performance in the festival Zones Théâtrales.


The Dancing Word Curriculum in Detail

Our work can be divided into three parts: martial movement training, vocal training and performance composition. All of these activities reveal the performers’ presence through the study of impulse and causality in their physical and vocal forms.

 

In addition to cultivating such fundamental attributes as coordination, mobility, strength and endurance, the goal of martial movement training is to make the individual performer as responsive to his or her fellow players at distance as he or she can be when in direct contact with them. Martial arts solo choreographies (taolu), partner forms (duilian taolu), partner responsive exercises (tui shou and san shou) and meditative coordination exercises (qigong) are practiced for this purpose.

 

The overall objective of vocal training is to transfer the efficiency, projection, resonance

and emotion of singing to the speaking voice. To this end, vocal training includes

meditative breath and vocal coordination exercises (qi fa gong), work on the fundamental resonance of the voice, liturgical and secular singing from various world traditions, the integration of vocal expression with physical action and the study of spoken text in English and French.

 

Studio participants will also learn how to compose original performance material through the accomplishment and combination of concrete physical and vocal tasks. The

individual, duet and ensemble studies created will serve as the fundamental building

blocks of the eventual production of Circe.


Who I’m Looking For, How to Apply

I am looking for people who love to learn, who love the puzzles of technique, craft and

precision, who bring committment, heart and reliability to their work and who combine

real discipline with good humour, kindness and patience. While previous performance

experience and a wide ranging skill-set are certainly assets, I am far more interested in

maturity, reliability and self-discipline than in virtuosity.


If you would like to be considered for the Fall Workshop, please send me a brief letter of

application detailing the reasons for your interest at dmroz@uottawa.ca. Those of you

with whom I have discussed the project in person, please also send me a letter confirming

your interest and availability. Please send your letter before August 17th; I will inform

participants of their acceptance on August 21st.


As this research/creation is funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities

Research Council, Canadian undergraduate and graduate students who participate in the

Winter Studio are eligible for a modest honorarium.

 

Executive Summary

Who: interested actors and dancers; pre-professional, emerging and experienced.

What: 3-week intensive contemporary performance workshop in Ottawa/Gatineau

When: September 14th to October 3rd,

When again: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00pm-9:00pm, Saturdays 1:30pm-4:30pm

Applications Due By August 17th, 2009

Contact Daniel Mroz, dmroz@uottawa.ca

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~ by Daniel Mroz on July 29, 2009.

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