Grafted Cede Theatre and Espai en Construccio invite you to join us this summer in Barcelona (July 7th – 25th 2014), and discover the movements of a city full of unique architecture, classical and modern art, breathtaking nature, and a bustling urban landscape. Through imagination and play, our aim is to encourage performers to find their own creative voice and uncover the skills to build new and exciting theatre.
3 weeks of exploration into movement and mask, inspired by the city of Barcelona.
3 days of creating and devising new physical theatre;
concluding in a jam-packed night of…
3 minute student creations.
During the course, we will work combining three modes of exploration: movement analysis, improvisation, and the use of mask:
Movement analysis will focus on the techniques of Jacques Lecoq and theories of FM Alexander. We will explore the deconstruction of movement, economy of gesture, and mimetic embodiment of Barcelona’s nature surroundings, architecture and art (Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, the Picasso Museum, the sea).
Improvisation will be dedicated to the motors of “play”. Students will be given themes, which challenge them to embrace their own imaginative potential and to create their own theatre. The class will focus on theatre making, storytelling and the poetics of movement. It will draw on elements of poetry, music and art.
In mask construction and performance we will explore the masks of Lecoq, sculpting characters, as well as dramatic situations. From blocks of clay, each student will be asked to create their own masks and bring them to life. The class will be both theoretical and tactile.
In the final week of the workshop, you will adapt these theories and have the opportunity to construct their own new and individual work of art. You will be given 3 days of “creation time” to build and clarify a 3 minute long performance piece that will be shown on the final day.
The workshop will primarily be taught in English. The course runs from Monday to Friday (10am to 5pm)
Basic Schedule The schedule each day will be:
10am – 11:30am movement work
11.30am – 11.45am break
11:45am – 2pm improvisation/mask work
2pm – 3pm lunch break
3pm – 5:00pm mask work/improvisation
During the first two weeks, we will dedicate two half days towards visiting museums, buildings and the nature of Barcelona, as theatrical exploration and inspiration. Planned visits include: Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and Picasso Museum. The visits may be in the morning, afternoon or evening.
The last week we will dedicate 3 days of creation time. You will be asked to make a short 3 minute piece to show on the final day. The performance can be either a solo presentation or a collaboration with classmates.
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The course will be held in Espai Badabadoc in Quevedo Street, 36 in the neighbourhood of Gracia in Barcelona.
Gracia is considered to be one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Barcelona. With lots of restaurants, bars and local shops; with cinemas, art galleries and theatres, Gracia is full of life. The area is famous for its small squares, full of coffee shops and terraces, where you can have a drink or a meal while listening to live music.
The fees are:
€660 (£540) – early sign-up deal before the 1st of May
€735 (£600) – sign-up after 1st May
The last day for booking is 31st May
The fee includes: 3-week training workshop tickets into museums and galleries mask building materials
Please note: travel, food and accommodation are not included.
In order to apply please send a CV, photo and a brief statement of interest to:
If you have any further questions please feel free to send us an email.
Thank you very much for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!
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