Non – acting acting for the performer
by Davis Freeman
About the workshop:
This workshop explores what it is to sound, look, and be real on the stage. We’ll investigate different ways to use the voice and how to manipulate multiple meanings out of text using volume, tone, and rhythm as tools. We’ll work with and without microphones, use lists, line games, neutral scenes, personal stories, newspaper articles and improvisations to generate and inspire our own material. This workshop will guide you to build texts of content from your own interest and apply them to daily mini performances that mix contemporary dance with the voice. This week we’ll explore how to consciously reveal the person behind the performer and will ask for a minimal amount of work outside of the workshop to gather material to bring into the class.
In our contemporary performance world, performers are not only hired for their physical skill but for whom they are as people themselves. Pieces are built around the personalities of the performers and what they bring and propose during the rehearsal process. What do you propose if there is just a blank slate? How do you begin if a director/ choreographer just gives you one word to work on: Democracy, Resistance, Violence, Ghosts, Capitalism, Peace, Protest, Loss, Empowerment, the Future… Artists are looking for performers that can dance, act, and perform while pushing borders and going to extremes. During this week I’ll be asking you to bring in your own concerns about the world at large. We’ll then constantly create situations and improvisations that will challenge your global artistic skills, which in turn can be used in your own work in the future.
Davis Freeman is an actor, dancer, director, and performance artist who worked with Forced Entertainment (Bloody Mess, The World in Pictures) and Meg Stuart (Cascade, Highway 101, Alibi, Built to Last), He started the company Random Scream in 1999 with work that’s extremely eclectic from dance pieces, and installations to even lounge acts. His latest works include Do my mouth Investment, 7 promises, and Expanding Energy and are often seen as devious political theatre or Docu-performances.
Monday till Friday
February 20th till 24th
13:30 – 17:30
Registration fee of 80 € (as part of the 200 €).
Tictac’s small studio and the amount of participants will be limited to max. 16.