Creative work requires inspiration but also a willingness to explore. By contemplating the fundamental elements of their work ─ the physical body, the text, the performance, the audience, their own philosophies ─ and continuously probing their processes and practices, artists can review what they are capable of, and push their own boundaries to create powerful and authentic work.
For many local theatre groups, the pressure to get productions on stage often leaves little room for a deeper exploration of the nature of a creative work. To break out of this routine, a number of emerging and veteran theatre makers have been looking into the essence of creativity, both to enhance their skills and expand their field of thought. This kind of personal exploration can only be beneficial for the future of local theatre.
In July 2017, to help provide artists with a contemplative space in which to explore the essence of creation, we are launching “The Foundations of Performance”─ a series of workshops and conversations designed to bring together artists from different fields to exchange experience and inspiration.
Curated by Sean Curran, Co-Artistic Director of Theatre du Pif, the series opens with three events, between July and October, that encourage participants to reflect on the question of “what makes a performance” from different perspectives. In January and February 2018, Russell Delman, one of the first certified Feldenkrais trainers in the world, and Tim Crouch, renowned U.K. theatre playwright, director and performer, share their studies and systems of practice in two intensive practical and theoretical workshops.
The series is open to playwrights, directors, actors, dancers, musicians and creative professionals working in theatre and performance in Hong Kong and Asia, who are interested in exploring new creative methodologies.
Intensive Workshop on the Feldenkrais Method for Performers
15 July 2017 (Saturday)
Instructors: Bonni Chan and Sean Curran
In Conversation with Tim Crouch
29 October 2017 (Sunday)
Speaker: Tim Crouch
Moderator: Sean Curran
The Embodied LifeTM: Awareness of Self in Everyday Life and on the Stage
16 - 20 January 2018 (Tuesday to Saturday)
Instructor: Russell Delman
22 January – 3 February 2018 (Monday to Saturday)
Instructor: Tim Crouch
For more details, please stay tuned on West Kowloon website and Facebook.