Sunday, January 28 from 1pm-5pm
Thanks to our wonderful hosts at the Plaxall Gallery, this session on Sunday is now a donation-based afternoon! Advanced registration is required, though, so please add it to your cart with any other items and check out as normal, either making a donation now or tossing in whatever you like on the day — whether that’s $100 or a quarter!
Learning approaches to physical theatre with Compicite 20 years ago, Ben Crystal started to develop exercises of his own to help pull Shakespeare rehearsals away from the page, and back onto the stage.
As a solo, duo, and group exercise, he explored these exercises with Passion in Practice, and with actors and students around the world.
The sticks allow for simple, vital, passionate, physical exploration: giving a chance to focus on developing one’s own craft as an actor; the opportunity to play with your fellow cast in character; improvising away from scenes or memorised text to establish deep and considered relationships, whether you carry a spear or wear a crown.
With parallels to Viewpoints work and often used as an Ensemble warm-up, this is a deeper dive into the work introduced in our Grounding & Tuning with Sticks and Kinesthetic Ensemble Training classes, each 90-minutes for $30 as part of our Saturday All-Day Speed-Dating with Shakespeare sessions (or $150 for all six sessions: which is like getting one for free!)
PLEASE NOTE: This day is not an introduction to stick work: it is an expansion and deeper exploration, so a familiarity & confidence in the fundamentals of the training is highly recommended. If you don’t have extensive experience with our ensemble stick training or the Lecoq and Complicité training that inspired it, we highly recommend that you come in for at least the $30, 90-minute “speed-dating” sessions on Saturday called “Grounding & Tuning with Sticks” and “Kinesthetic Ensemble Training” which will introduce newcomers to the work and give a focused deepening in the fundamentals to those with limited prior experience.