Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play in the sandbox again, even at your age? Radix Physical Theatre’s Workout invites you to do just that. Explore movement, voice work and text the way professional actors do in a fun, supportive, and collaborative environment.
In a 10-week-long workshop beginning September 28 at the Roundhouse, participants will be guided through a series of acting exercises that will lay the groundwork for a brand new piece of interactive theatre based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead for Radix Theatre.
Marchenski looks for spontaneity and exciting tangents in the rehearsal room.
“There is no script,” says workshop instructor and professional actor, Billy Marchenski. “Through games, journaling, text analysis, body and breath work—similar to Hatha yoga—the group will move collectively towards an understanding of the material.”
Likening the process of discovery to working in a laboratory, Marchenski looks for spontaneity and exciting tangents in the rehearsal room. “Emotions are often released through physical work, so when you’re exploring movement the awareness of the body can create some very powerful images.” It’s these explorations and images that will eventually contribute to the finished piece. Actors will be encouraged to test boundaries, to push themselves, and to remain open-minded while diving into the process of making theatre.
The workshop will culminate in an in-studio demonstration of the actors’ work-in-progress and may involve audience participation.
Students needn’t worry if they’ve never acted before. All they need to do is show up on time, (bare-footed, in comfortable clothing and no jewellery, please), with an insatiable curiosity and a willingness to engage freely with others.
“Working together and being creative is highly satisfying, “ says Marchenski, who adds, “Developing imagination, a sense of play, and making new social contacts are some of the added benefits of taking part in a project like this one.”
Learn more about Bill Marchenski and Radix Theatre.
Register for Radix Physical Theatre’s Workout.
By Jacqueline Steuart, Roundhouse Blog Team. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Print Futures: Professional Writing program at Douglas College, New Westminster. She is pleased to write about the dynamic and diverse culture of the Roundhouse.