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Tactics for Improvisation Workshop (Guelph): January 20th, 2011

Ron East, Master Teacher in Physical Theatre, will conduct a series of workshops with ICASP in 2011 on aspects of Lecoq training techniques. The first session will introduce improv skills and explore the basics of physical play in the theatrical space. The workshop is designed to be of use to theatre students and anyone comfortable with physical expression and willing to explore with movement. This will form a foundation for the second session – on the neutral mask. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.

When: Thursday, January 20th, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30

Where: Upper Massey, University of Guelph (please wear appropriate movement clothing and movement shoes)

How to apply: send your name and a brief description of your interest. Send to: Ron will confirm by e-mail.

Ron East, founder/director of the School of Physical Theatre in London UK, and Toronto, is a producer, director and playwright with thirty-five years in the professional theatre. Ron trained in physical theatre at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and is a certified instructor of the Lecoq method. An actor at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival and the National Arts Centre, he has performed across North America and in Europe. Ron operated his own production company for 20 years, has written and produced 18 plays. He is also a dramaturge, developing pieces internationally. Ron, did his MA at the Drama Centre at the University of Toronto, and is presently doing his PhD in Neuroscience and Creative Practice with SETS at the University of Guelph. He is also writing the second part of his book, ‘Moving Images: Towards a Theatre of Creation’.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag