Physical theatre workshop offered at UBC Okanagan in August

UBC Okanagan is offering a unique opportunity for professional development in performance, August 25 to 26, 2007, called Creating Performances: An Introduction to Physical Theatre.

This university-level theatre workshop will introduce students to contemporary European physical theatre techniques drawn from a variety of sources (Jacques Lecoq, Monika Pagneux, Moshe Feldenkrais, Etienne Decroux) and will explore the fundaments of live performance through structured improvisations.

"This workshop is suitable for adult performers interested in creating physically based performances, and drama instructors wishing to introduce physical theatre techniques into their teaching," says Neil Cadger, one of the three instructors for the course and Assistant Professor for the Performance Program in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan.

Cadger, who founded Wissel Theatre in Gent, Belgium, has been creating theatre performances and teaching for over 20 years in both Canada and Europe. Joining Cadger to lead the workshop is colleague Denise Kenney, who has spent the last 18 years working in film and television in Canada and the United States and has done performance program development for public schools, colleges, universities, prisons, and various private interest groups.

The third instructor, Eric Moschopedis, is an award-winning creator, performer, facilitator, and curator. As former Artistic Director of Bubonic Tourist, an inter-disciplinary performance creation company founded in Calgary, Moschopedis has played a vital role in the creation and dissemination of emerging trans-disciplinary performance and visual art.

The workshop runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, and includes lunch and an evening of artist talks with the three instructors on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Alternator Gallery in the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

The weekend workshop costs $235. To register, call Tia-Maria Hoeller at UBC Okanagan Community and Continuing Studies at 250-807-8177. Space is limited so register early. For more information and to view a complete schedule, visit the Community and Continuing Studies website.

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