This project is open to any students with dance, movement, and/or theater background, interested in learning physical theater skills, enhancing their personal and collective movement practices and being a part of a devised process. This winter term project will encompass approximately 40 hours over the course of a three week period, January 6-25th (appx. 3 hours per day for 3 weeks). The material developed during this time will be used towards Georgie Johnson's senior performance project in February, which students may be asked to take part in if available and interested.
By incorporating many of the exercises and techniques Georgie studied in Italy (which included Commedia Dell’Arte, voice work, somatics, Grotowski movement training and experimental devising) into dance, we will develop individual personalities as well as a cohesive ensemble. Theater, clowning, prop-work and somatics exercises along with improvisational scores will inform individuals’ movement styles and characters as well as the collective, coming to inform her own choreography as we collaboratively create material. Devised pieces will be refined and performed in February as a part of the senior dance production.
Georgie Johnson's Bio:
At an early age I began my journey in circus arts and clowning, which continued throughout circus school, lead me to dance in Oberlin, and manifested more broadly in her choice of pursuing a physical theater program in Arezzo, Italy Spring of 2019. This art form, in many ways caught at the crossroads of dance and theater, creates an open field with which to experiment and utilize many different backgrounds and skills in creating a textured and interdisciplinary approach to performance.
Number of students:
January 6th - January 25th, 2020