Summer Classes (Summer 2006)
Angel Exit - Bolt Upright
rotazaza - romcom, ft, Lee Hart
The theatre summer classes were run at Centre Stage at the Pig and Whistle Pub in Westbourne, Bournemouth, run by a number of innovative practitioners: Lecoq trained Tamsin Fessey (Kaos Theatre, Snap Theatre, The Clod Ensemble), Lee Hart (Boilerhouse, Theatrum Botanicum, Kiev Experimental Theatre, Company of Angels), and Deborah Aita (Lumiere & Son), whose inspiration is drawn from the work of Grotowski.
Activate’s summer dance programme was led by the Head of Dance at Bournemouth and Poole college, Jane White, who has worked to introduce various full time dance courses at FE level and has written a foundation dance degree course that now runs in partnership with Bournemouth University. The classes focused on release technique, working with a fusion of styles, and also developed strength, and fitness and skills for creative work.
Masterclass - David Glass (July 2006)
David Glass Ensemble
We organised the first master class in association with Opera Circus who are based in Bridport and at Lighthouse. David Glass has been a performer, director, teacher and advocate since the 70s and helped establish the physical theatre movement in this country and abroad. He has taught internationally and some of his past pupils have included: Emma Thompson, Stephen Daldry, and Simon McBurney. ‘Authentic Voice’ is a master class that looked at performer’s creativity and creative process. Inspired by David’s increasing awareness of the ‘slick product orientation’ of much of theatre, the workshop was seeking to return the artist to the core values of ‘what is meaningful and important to myself and community and how I can express this’ .
The workshop developed out of David’s Creative Practice work that is taught in the Ensemble’s centre in Cambodia and as part of the Lost Child International, as well as being key to the Ensemble’s practice. In 1997 David established the Lost Child Project which has since become the world’s first creative International NGO Lost Child. The project has worked in 22 countries empowering vulnerable and marginalised young people through the arts. Recent projects include a Children’s Parliament project with UNDP in Cambodia and a play and training project with Tsunami Orphans in Sri Lanka.