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ActionTheater (2018), Danielle Cresp.
14—18 January 2019

Sylvia Staehli Theatre


Attendance from $280


Accessibility: Wheelchair access

This workshop is directed towards those who’ve previously done ActionTheater training, however it is also open to those with a background in physical theatre. This workshop is for those who want to engage deeper with embodied presence in movement, sounds and language.

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ActionTheater, created and developed by Ruth Zaporah, is a starting point for body-oriented theatre improvisation; a physical theatre training method and an artistic practice all rolled into one. In ActionTheater, the improviser follows the constantly changing interior of their imagination and responds with movement, sound and/or language. During the training, participants will work alone and with others in physical and vocal exercises.

Exercises isolate and invite exploration of the formal elements: time, space, shape and dynamics. These explorations quiet the conceptual mind and hone awareness. Other exercises strengthen and expand skills of performance: movement, voice, composition, listening and relationship. Participants increase their ability to hold and express emotion, enliven imagination, and recover lost personal material. Every exercise enlightens the relationship between intention, awareness and action as well as engaging the heart and mind.

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Danielle Cresp has been performing as an independent, research-based improvisation artist since 2001. Danielle is the Creative Director at DanielleCrespProductions and ActionTheaterAustralia. She has been performing her own site-specific work since 2001 and teaching ActionTheater since 2011. Danielle taught over 35 sold out workshops. Her passion for improvised performance, practise and teaching takes her to festivals, trainings and performance events across Europe, America and Australia. Danielle’s focus as a director, teacher and artist is on physically embodied presence.

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