This workshop enables participants to create a single or an ensemble show, for a children’s audience or an adult one.
Actors, storytellers, dancers and other stage artists will benefit from the workshop.
The workshop’s length and content may be adjusted to fit the participants.
The workshop can be adjusted for art students, teachers of the arts, art therapists and educators, as well as theater and dance lovers.
On Physical Theater Storytelling
The art of storytelling views the storyteller, the actor – or any other performer in this role – as an “omnipotent” protagonist. The storyteller personifies all of the characters in the story. S/he creates the story’s setting, the atmosphere, the voices, sounds and the situation. S/he builds up a series of fast-changing imagery, as one picture becomes the next one.
The storyteller leads the story as s/he deems right, according to his/her own view, while running an authentic dialogue with the audience. S/he has the freedom to explore and manifest feelings, emotions, sensations or thoughts which come up during the story in any theatrical way s/he chooses, be it physical or verbal..
Main class topics:
• Criteria for choosing the appropriate story for stage: a folk tale, a personal story, written prose etc.
• Adapting and editing a story for the storyteller’s needs – creating the dramatic structure for staging a story.
• Developing improvisation skills for the enrichment of one’s verbal and physical imagination.
• Developing the storyteller’s physical skills, for creating an original theatrical language.
• Exploring movement in an empty space: creating gestures, characters, setting, atmosphere etc.
• Developing the “omnipotent” storyteller/protagonist of the story: different viewpoints and the storyteller/protagonist’s dialogue with the audience.
• The storyteller’s presence on stage, focusing on body-mind connection.
• Storyteller-audience relations: dialogue and dealing with the audience; a prepared-improvised sequence; the audience as an active partner in creating the story.
• Using objects, props and music for the show.
VideoGrimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales (in German), 2012
Acting students, Folkwang University, Essen, Germany
Physical Theatre & Storytelling class’ Graduation show
Supervised by Noam Meiri.
Clip from the show
Camera & editing: Vanessa Cieviero
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