As a special start-of-semester treat, the TSU will be hosting a FREE movement psychology training workshop with Lavinia Hollands!
NOW THERE ARE 1 SPOTS LEFT. EMAIL ANNIE AT firstname.lastname@example.org ! (Update Sept 7)
10am to 1pm
studio 4270, SFU Woodward's!
About Movement Psychology:
This technique of Character Transformation was created by the renowned Yat Malmgren, co-founder of Drama Centre London and further developed by Tom Bentley-Fisher.
Create a unique character and discover all the notes available to you through the principle of Weight (light or strong), Space (flexible or direct), Time (quick or sustained) and Flow (free or bound).
About Lavinia Hollands:
Lavinia has just completed an MA at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Actor training and Coaching (2015). She has taught acting at Rose Bruford, the University of East London and most recently, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Central Connects). She specializes in teaching the Laban Malmgren Technique of Movement Psychology. She currently teaches at Drama Centre London and also runs private workshops.
The weekend of our mentorship programme is almost upon us! I sent out information quite a while ago for this free workshop and complimentary show tickets, but I want to give you one more chance to sign up.
This Saturday, May 26, a group of SFU theatre students and alumni will head out to the Surrey Children's Festival for a mentorship partnering with CORPUS Dance Projects from Quebec. The schedule looks as such:
10:30 - Check in at Arts Centre main desk, pick up name-tags
11:00 - Watch CORPUS performance of Les Moutons ("The Sheep")
12:45-2:00 - Les Moutons Technique Workshop with David Danzon
3:30-4:15 - Watch CORPUS performance of A Flock of Flyers
Attached is a document sent to me by Marnie Perrin, artistic director of the Children's festival. In it you can find a link to a map and all the information you'll need for the day, but please ignore the previous schedule, which had the workshop scheduled for the evening. Registrants will need to find their own way there: public transit is straightforward, or you may choose to carpool with a friend. I will be taking the Skytrain at about 9:15 at Commercial Stn, and you're welcome to join me!
It's a great chance to work with out-of-province artists, and David Danzon, artistic director of CORPUS, is actually a former clowning student of Dean Gilmour, who also taught SFU faculty and clown teacher, Steven Hill. We're getting a fantastic deal, and the workshop and performances are completely free of charge for registrants. If you were on the fence before, or you now realize you're available, please e-mail me at (email@example.com) with your name, year of study, e-mail address, and phone number. There are still a handful of spots available. The workshop is open to any students and alumni interested in theatre and dance. All levels of experience and ability are welcome.
If you want to check out more information about CORPUS, here is their website (www.corpus.ca). They have videos of both shows and plenty of info online. Hope to see you there; I think it's gonna be a great time!
TSU VP External
School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
PS. For all participants and attendees of Hive: the New Bees, we've scheduled the day specifically to work around your (and my!) schedule. The 4:15pm end time means we have plenty of time to make it back to Chapel Arts for our call time. Hope to see you there!
Dear TSU Members,
Thanks to all who attended the Billy Marchenski/Radix workshop last Saturday. Billy kicked our butts with some intense cardio and martial arts, and we did some spooky experiments with hybrid-animal bodies and other sci-fi stuff. Thanks to everyone who attended; I think it was a great success.
I have great news about the upcoming mentorship program with CORPUS, a physical theatre company from Quebec. The program will be taking place on Saturday, May 26th at the Festival site at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. And Marnie Perrin, the festival artistic director, has hooked us up with a pretty amazing package. If you sign up for this mentorship day on May 26, you get to see two shows by CORPUS, Les Moutons and A Flock of Flyers, as well as participate in a workshop with members of the company centred around their Moutons piece, all completely free of charge.
I have attached the official SFU welcome package, as well as the festival guide. *But please note, the times have changed*. The two shows, Les Moutons and Flock of Flyers, will still begin at 11:00am and 3:30pm respectively, but the SFU Master class has been changed to 12:45 - 2:30pm in the program room. This was a special accommodation by the Festival and CORPUS for those (myself included) involved in Hive: The New Bees. This new schedule means that the whole mentorship package now concludes at 4:15pm, leaving us New Bees with ample time to get back for our call time at Chapel Arts. So, the new schedule is as follows:
11:00 – 11:45 Les Moutons
12:45 – 2:30 SFU Master class
3:30 – 4:15 Flock of Flyers
The shows are both interactive, physical, site-specific, surrealist comedies, and if you browse the website, you can track down some pretty great video footage. I think it's gonna be a nice light, outdoorsy way to re-connect with our fellow theatre students during the summer break, and a great chance to work with some visiting artists from out of province, with a different perspective. You can check out more details of their work, including video footage, right here. It's also a great chance to get involved with the Surrey Children's Festival, somewhere you might consider mounting your own work. Marnie is herself an SFU Theatre grad who graduated at the same time as the guys from Radix Theatre.
This mentorship package is open to all prospective, current, and alumni theatre students, of any year and level of experience, as well as other members of the contemporary arts. If you'd like to register for this opportunity, please e-mail me (Conor) at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name, Year and Area of Study, e-mail address, and phone number (I'll need to be able to reach you when we're on site). I will e-mail you back to confirm your registration.
Our last workshop with Billy had about 25% of registrants cancel after registering. It ended up being no problem, as a small class size helped facilitate the workshop, but in this case, Marnie has specifically expressed her worry about cancellations since it is free to students. For this reason, please only register if you can commit to coming! Again, it was really no problem the last time, but this time around, because they've thrown together such a good package for us, at the piddly cost of $200 to the union (free to you!), I'd really appreciate that you treat the commitment the same as you would with a studio class, or a professional engagement. I will be sending a list of registrants to Marnie, and she will be making us nametags and tickets, so please make sure you can make it before registering.
I'd like this information to get to as many people as possible, but we have limited e-mail lists, so if you can pass this on to other students who might be interested, including passing it on to your ensemble mailing lists and Facebook groups, it would be greatly appreciated.
Hope to see you there for some solid TSU bonding time! I think it's gonna be fuuuun.
TSU VP External
Dear TSU members,
On November 11, the TSU will be hosting a free performance workshop with David McIntosh, a frequent collaborator of SFU's DD Kugler and a co-artistic director of the Vancouver dance/theatre company battery opera (http://www.batteryopera.com/). Starting at 10:30am, David will lead a 3-hour workshop on the fundamentals of the company's training, "Sui Ji Ying Bian," which can be translated as "Follow gauge respond transform," or "follow lead borrow use." Their core training is based in the martial arts forms bagua and Systema which have been adapted by David and co-artistic director Lee Su-Feh into their own performance and aesthetic practice.
This workshop is a unique opportunity, as it precedes David's new show M/HOTEL, a site-specific piece staged in a room at the Holiday Inn on Howe St (it runs from November 22-December 10). Attendees of the workshop who also choose to attend the performance will have the unique experience of learning the basics of the training, and then seeing how the company implements it in performance (the workshop is free, but you have to pay for your own ticket to the show!). I, along with many members of Kugler's spring dramaturgy course, got to see an early version of the piece in the spring, and I highly recommend any attendees, and any performance students, to check it out (http://www.batteryopera.com/motel/). David also plans to use the workshop as a chance to develop his new performance project, "whatever that may be."
The workshop will take place in room 4270. It will involve bare feet, physicality, and large sticks. According to David, "the class will involve sweating, repeating, text, fear, excitement and some boredom." To register, e-mail me, Conor (email@example.com), and include your full name, program and year, e-mail, and phone number (in case there are any changes). There is no cost to attend. Please only register if you are absolutely CERTAIN you want to/can attend, as I am hoping this class will fill up. If you register and realize you can't make it, please let me know right away so we can find a replacement. It is open firstly to all TSU members and theatre students, with at least two spots reserved for other FCAT members. If there is room, I will also open it up to SCA alumni.
I'm personally a big fan of David's and battery opera's work, and am really looking forward to introducing him to our current group of performance students. It's a great chance to become acquainted with a local professional artist who makes unusual, challenging, and very compelling work. I hope to see you there.
TSU VP External, 5th Year Performance Major
School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University
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