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Course Descriptions

Instructor: Roberto Andrioli

From the sixteenth to the late eighteenth century the itinerant players of the Commedia dell’Arte developed a style of acting and performance that was to have a tremendous impact on the development of the European theatre. In the twentieth century this style was rediscovered and once again influenced such movements as the expressionist theatre, theatre of the absurd, and the futurists’ experiments, as well as individual artists such as Meyerhold, Gordon Craig, Samuel Beckett, Lecoq, Ariane Mnouchkine and many others.

A study of the techniques rooted in Commedia dell’Arte provides modern actors with a vastly expanded artistic repertoire from which to develop a personal style. Through work on gesture, voice, and movement, this acting class will explore the features of Arlecchino, Brighella, Pantalone, Capitano, Colombina and other masked and unmasked Commedia dell’Arte stock characters, with the intention of developing the student’s own personal version of the character.

Instructor: Greg Pierotti

In the theater we are often preoccupied with making meaning. What’s the narrative? What’s the metaphor? What does it all add up to? But performance is as much about creating affect as it is about creating sense. Using the devising grid, we let go of our meaning-making-mind for a while and unearth stories and images from where they reside in the body and where they reside in time: the imagined past and future, or the presently-unfolding now.

After mining our deep stories and images, we use various contemporary devising practices to put these texts, sounds and images into dialogue with the other elements of the stage to see what kinds of meanings and effects might emerge. These practices help us set aside our clever editor’s mind to allow fresh narratives and effects to materialize out of the collaboration between our bodies, space and time.

Instructors: John Kellam & Stefan Haves

The hybrid required to conceive a Cirque show blends the Actor with the Performer, the Acrobat with the Singer, the Comedian with the Dancer. It takes courage and innovation. It blows up preconceptions and boundaries. Stefan Haves, a Cirque du Soleil collaborator, and Jon Kellam, creator of Superdrama, will guide the newly formed ensemble through a rigorous two-week process as it careens towards a deadline: presentation of an ambitious Performance.

Participants will be guided through a journey of physical training and character development by Mr. Kellam and these will be implemented into a story – one with an interface of circus skills – by Mr. Haves. These two Directors request that Participants bring all variety, comic, actor, gymnastic, song and dance, fine art, and storytelling skills to the party.

Instructor: Dénes Döbrei

This workshop is about researching a harmony within opposites, to help awaken the body’s memory in order to activate dormant information experienced since birth. We will explore a new language through movement that will eventually become a dance – a pre-existing dance from the depth of our cells. This dance can be full of energy or empty, fast or slow, harmonious or disharmonious, etc. Dance, movement, while in representation can express the past and the future of a given space through the actor’s body.

The quality of a body that moves, dances, stays still, fully depends on the state it is in while onstage. It is this state that will be made visible through its impact on the space it occupies. To approach this here and now we will focus on the physical state, relaxation and exercising to enhance imagination in the creative process.

The first cry at birth, the final breath at death, the balance of life in between. Our cells hold a lot of information within, hidden in our body’s layers. Our objective is to use our potential by discovering and uncovering our body’s map.

This will be explored through and implemented into:

Individual exercises: to enable us to meet ourselves while integrating our experiences and the uniqueness of everyone else’s body.

Partner exercises: to help us know our partners (the experience of what the other body carries within), but also to find multiple modes of communication between two bodies, to exchange, share, receive…

Group exercises: which will allow us to find our place with and amidst others.

Instructor: Dory Rebekah Sibley

Every morning participants will prepare for the rigorous demands of the workshops using the Elemental Body Alignment System. EBAS is a series of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to integrate the body while increasing flexibility, range of motion and core strength. The focus of EBAS is to understand the basic principles of initiating and anchoring movements from the pelvis while finding efficient and effective alignment through experiential anatomy.


Dates (including Arrival and Departure):

June 25 – July 21

Early Bird Registration Deadline:

December 1, 2017

Standard Registration Deadline:

March 15, 2018

APPLY NOW for this program.

The Accademia dell’Arte undergraduate program is fully accredited by Hendrix College.


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