MIND/BODY AND AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT Intensive with Tedi Tafel from Montreal

Back by popular demand!

Mind/Body & Authentic Movement Intensive with Tedi Tafel from Montreal

June 23 – 27, 2014
10am-1:30pm daily

This workshop will bring together two very different, yet complementary, physical practices: Mind/Body training and Authentic Movement.

Mind/Body begins with form and looks to find the life inside that shapes it (sensation, intention, and perception). Authentic Movement starts with impulse and explores the pathway into form. Seemingly opposite in approach their common goal is to create access and openness in the performing body.

Mind/Body training is based on the research of Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka. It’s an energetic, dynamic workout that re-examines the mental structures and physical habits that can inhibit the potential state of the individual. Here we rigorously explore the body as a site of presence and transformation while developing strength, stamina, support, precision and abandon. As the mind ‘drops’ into the body, a concrete experience of sustained presence is made possible.

Authentic Movement looks to the body as source and inspiration through the embodiment of internal impulse. Here the body is seen as subject, to be attended to, listened to, with its stories, intelligence, perceptions and experiences. Leaving aside for the time being our desire to invent, to direct, to be creative, we learn instead to listen and allow. As we enter this realm that is unplanned, without goal, unpredictable and often surprising, we invite direct experience of personal and creative truth.

Maximun of 14 participants

1 week for $350 ($280 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)

$50 deposit to hold a spot

Some bursaries available.

Contact Adam at adlazarus@rogers.com

Pia Bouman School for Creative Movement

TEDI TAFEL has been a teacher, dancer and choreographer for over 25 years. At the heart of her work is an interest in exploring movement as an entranceway into the deeper layers of human experience. Tedi is an award -winning artist with a reputation for creating innovative and deeply sensitive work. Her most recent project, Calendar, was a yearlong site-specific performance series. (www.calendarproject.ca). She is inspired by a long-term engagement with somatic practices that access the intelligence of the body and reveal its intrinsic expressive language. Along with her studies with Butoh master Min Tanaka, she has worked extensively with renowned teachers Janet Alder and Judith Koltai in the disciplines of Authentic Movement and Embodied Practice. Tedi has taught across the country and at the Stratford Festival and Playwrights Workshop of Montreal. From 1997-2013 she played a principal role in the training of actors and playwrights at the National Theatre School of Canada.Trajectory Field, Antony Gromley

Nighttime Bouffon and Jeu Intensive with Adam Lazarus – August 18-22, 2014

1921mirrorFor the first time in 5 years, Adam Lazarus is offering an evening class in Bouffon and Jeu.

Don’t miss out!

From August 18 – 22, 2014
6pm – 10pm daily

The workshop begins with a focus on Jeu – the rediscovery of how to play, mental and physical agility, stillness and complicity in a group. As the week progresses, students will explore the Bouffon – the art of satire by using text, play and improvisation to generate material, scenes and characters.

At the core of Bouffon is the fine art of satire. Dating back to the middle ages, the Bouffon were the outcasts of society who sat in their ghettos, their swamps, watching the mainstream world, noting their foibles and laughing. Today’s Bouffon takes the shape of Sasha Baron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, the South Park team, or Chris Lilley. For the Bouffon, no subject, person or institution is spared mockery and ridicule.

Students will be challenged to take risks, hone improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions to find the pleasure of being present, space, rhythm, fixed point, complicity, focus, flop and play. This workshop is designed for both non-performers as well as professional and pre-professional actors, directors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette.

Fee: $400 + HST for 20 hours of instruction ($320 for any union affiliations or previous students)

Required deposit of $100

To Register, contact Adam at adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com

As an instructor, Adam Lazarus is known for his intensity, clarity and ability to safely guide students into unknown creative terrain. Adam is a celebrated and award winning actor, director and acting teacher who is based in Toronto, Canada. He is an instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto as well as a consultant and regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He is the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.