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Theatre of Yugen | Weekend Workshops: The Art of Performance

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Date(s) - 01/26/2013 - 05/19/2013
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM



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Led by Jubilith Moore, these weekend workshops explore the time-tested, underlying theatrical principles of Noh and Kyogen, making them accessible and practical for the contemporary performing artist.

1 – Physical Character
January 26 – 27, 2013

Participants will experience the basics of Kyogen song and dance and will learn about the stock characters of the Kyogen repertoire. In Kyogen, the performer acts with his whole body, and realizing the characters is a wonderful way to discover, how to put a character “on.” On the second day, we will delve into this practice and consider the applicability of the Kyogen paradigm to contemporary theatre making.

2 – Physical Musicality*
February 16 – 17, 2013

There is an expression in Noh that when you are singing, it feels as if you are dancing, and when you are dancing, it feels as if you are singing. Participants in this weekend workshop will be introduced to the movement patterns that make up the dance of Noh, and will sing and dance a small section from a Noh play. The first day will be spent learning the basic stance and walk utilized in Noh and participants will gain insight into the lyrical nature of their physicality, enhancing their potential for theatrical expressiveness. *First-time movers and singers are welcome!

3 – Deep Space
March 16 – 17, 2013

To truly understand a theatre form, one must look to the stage upon which it is performed. This is most certainly the case with Nohgaku. The focus of this workshop will be to explore the traditional floor patterns and compositional/choreographic guidelines found within Noh and Kyogen. Participants will be introduced to the structure of a Noh play and how movement is codified to powerful dramatic effect. Together we will investigate how the underlying principles of Nohgaku can resonate with contemporary performing artists and audiences.

4 – Deep Listening
May 18 – 19, 2013

What is stylized speech, and how is it relevant to a 21st century theatre artist? To explore this question, we will begin with an introduction to the stylized speech of Noh and Kyogen. We will then disassemble it, syllable by syllable, in an effort to articulate technical principles that can also be applied outside these theatrical traditions. Performers will uncover their own vocal intuition and consider how voice and body are best coordinated to reveal character and create context for the audience.

Art of Performance Workshop Fees:
One Intensive: $100.00 ($80.00 if registered by November 30)
Two Intensives: $175.00 ($140.00 if registered by November 30)
Three Intensives: $250.00 ($200.00 if registered by November 30)
Four Intensives: $325.00 ($260.00 if registered by November 30)

Limited enrollment
Call: (415) 621-0507
Information: jubilith@theatreofyugen.org | More

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