Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Theatre Workshops: From Text to Performance. Call for Applications

From Text to Performance

Two Three–Day Theatre Workshops 

13, 14, 15 December & 20, 21, 22 December 2013

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) is pleased to announce two complementary theatre workshops on ‘ From Text to Performance’, the first conducted by Anmol Vellani and the second by Abhishek Majumdar.

Venue: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, 24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Behind Mandovi Motors, Bangalore 560 027.
Dates:  December 13, 14, 15 & December 20, 21, 22.
Time:   9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Fee:     Rs 3,000 per workshop or Rs 5,000 for both workshops.

Eligibility and deadline

These workshops are intended for aspiring or practising actors. They will be restricted to 20 participants between the ages of 18 to 35. Applications must be received by December 3. To apply, please post or courier (not speed post or registered post) to Toto Funds the Arts, H301, Adarsh Gardens, 47th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560 082 (Tel: 080-26990549) a short statement of interest and contact details (mobile number and email address) along with your cheque, specifying the workshop you are applying for if not both. The cheque should be made out to TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS. For any queries please write to or call 9880623357. 

About the workshops

Workshop 1: December 13-15

This workshop will focus on the role of the actor’s imagination in translating a playtext into performance. Beginning with the question of what makes an action an act of performance, participants will be posed challenges and introduced to devices that stimulate imaginative play with a script and its characters. They will be guided to layer their actions and responses through imagining and constructing an inner and outer world for their characters. The workshop will partly draw upon the actor training methods and exercises developed by renowned theatre figures like Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner and Uta Hagen. 

The selected participants will be expected to read and absorb a few short texts for the theatre before the workshop begins. (Workshop facilitator: Anmol Vellani)

Workshop 2: December 20-22

This workshop will look at two approaches to bringing a text to life. The first approach will emphasise understanding the context of the text, mining the text for meaning, and portraying the characters through exercises based on various readings of the text. The second approach will cover physicality, improvisation and composition. Participants will investigate how characters can be approached physically rather than psychologically; improvise around the themes and context of the play to generate meaning and discover different ways to stage the text; and compose alternative versions of three or four scenes.   
The selected participants will be assigned homework that they will be expected to complete before and during the workshop. (Workshop facilitator: Abhishek Majumdar)

About the facilitators

ANMOL VELLANI has directed more than 40 plays in Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Cambridge, UK. His recent productions have been Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King, Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck, Slawomir Mrozek’s Tango and An Evening with Anton Chekhov. He has written on a range of subjects, including the arts and religion, corporate patronage, culture and development, arts entrepreneurship, the role of foundations, intercultural dialogue, and the performing arts. He is the founder and former executive director of India Foundation for the Arts. 

ABHISHEK MAJUMDAR is a playwright and theatre director. Currently he is the artistic director of Indian Ensemble. He is an alumnus of the London International School of Performing Arts and his work has been performed at venues and festivals In India and abroad. Abhishek has won the Hindu Metro Plus Playwright's Award, the Toto Creative Writing Award, the Best Play Award at the META theatre festival and has taught at several places including FTII Pune and the National School of Drama (Summer Program). 

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