Contemporary Performing Body Course
Friday March 20th – Friday April 24th 2020
The Monkey House
Contemporary Performing Body Course, 20th March - 24th April
Friday evenings 18:30 - 21:00
£70 for six weeks
CPB is focused on physicality as the language of the performance expression through various techniques and forms.
It is an intense, creative investigations in expanding performer’s language of expression.
We will be working on body imagination, awaking (and trying to follow) psychophysical intuition, special awareness of space in the performer’s creative presents.
Each session will contain elements of working ensemble and with partners on psychophysical training and developing individual piece of work which can be good start for the solo performance project.
If you are looking for your own strategies of the creative approach where physicality is the key – this course is for you.
Magda Tuka's practice is rooted in Jerzy Grotowski's notion of Art as vehicle. She began her career working for ten years full time as an actor in the Warsaw-based Studium Teatralne company of Piotr Borowski, a long-term associate of Grotowski during his late Pontedera phase. For Magda, the essence of this formative work was in its physical training. A rigorous investigation into the relationship between the body and space, between precision, improvisation and intuition; the aim, a creative onstage existence, a continual search, on a moment by moment basis, for what and where the performer's attention is.
In a break from this tradition, she undertook what became a series of collaborations over several years as a performer with Bojan Jablanovec's Via Negativa theatre company in Ljubljana. The importance of the VN approach is its focus on communicating to the audience via an "essential" creative message devised from the personal experience of the performers.
On these foundations, she began initiating projects. In 2012, with an intuitive trust in the creativity of opposites, she incorporated the organisation Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne and devised a succession of shows with dancer Anita Wach, in collaboration with sound designer Opaean.
Work has been variously supported through a succession of grants, scholarships, residencies, co-productions and festival selections, presented in theatre, gallery, cinema, church, and online; in Poland, UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, USA and Germany.
Friday, March 20th 2020
Ends: Friday, April 24th 2020 at 9:00pm
Bookings close: March 19th 2020
The Monkey House is located within easy walking distance of numerous tube stations, accessed by the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria Lines:
• Finsbury Park (Piccadilly & Victoria Line) 9 minute walk
• Archway tube (Northern Line) 21 minute walk
• Arsenal tube (Piccadilly Line) 16 minute walk
• Holloway Road tube (Piccadilly Line) 13 minute walk
• Upper Holloway (Overground) 21 minute walk
• Drayton Park (Overground) 17 minute walk
The venue is also accessible via a number of local bus routes including the numbers 4, 17, 29, 43, 91, 253, 254, 259, 263 & 271.