Physical Theatre Workshop
Listening and Devising - workshop in creating collectively
July 5 - 9
9am - 1pm; Grades 7-12
5pm - 8pm; Grade 7 to adult
Guided by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre company members Lauren Johns and Nathan Alford-Tate, Listening and Devising - workshop in creating collectively is week-long intensive program that will explore the interactions of virtuosic movement and storytelling. The workshop will introduce participants to the foundations of physical theatre, opening up expressivity, presence, humor and vulnerability inside of performers. These explorations will be paired with exercise in partner acrobatics and contact improvisation, leading to unique individual and collective creations. By the end of the workshop, dancers, circus artists, and students will feel empowered to make creative choices in an ensemble, and create beyond the boundaries of demonstrating skill to say something meaningful with their bodies.
All participants will be asked to wear masks through the duration of this workshop. If participants would like to work together physically we ask that you sign up with a partner
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Physical Theatre Workshop Instructors
Lauren Johns is a Philadelphia based Artist. She graduated with honors from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Religion and Philosophy. After school she toured along the east coast with Aura Curiatlas, a physical theatre and dance company. Lauren has since been working with Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, where she curates and produces work as well as creates and performs- Not all at once… but sometimes, all at once. Time spent not upside down, literally, she works at the MAAS Building, a cultural hub in Philadelphia. There she works to create artist residencies, performance, and other opportunities for local artists. Lauren has 12 years of teaching experience in schools and workshops, here in the states and abroad.
Lauren has performed in works created by Wilmer Wilson, Jesse Zaritt, Daniel Clifton, Curt Haworth, Kim Bear-Bailey, Brian Sanders, Douglas Becker, Sidra Bell, and Katie Swords.
Lauren has performed at the Guggenheim, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes Foundation, the Merriam Theatre, the Prince Theatre, and most importantly in Philadelphia’s beloved public parks and public spaces.
Nathan Alford-Tate is an actor and devising artist from Detroit, MI. He has a BFA in Theatre from Western Michigan University, and a MFA in Devised Performance from Pig Iron/University of the Arts. He has performed with Quintessence Theatre Group, The National Constitution Center, Tribe of Fools and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His devised work has premiered in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He is currently a company member of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, where he has assisted in creating and performing in fully devised work that fuses physical theatre and acrobatics.