This workshop will offer a series of exercises designed to cultivate listening in the context of ensemble performance. How can we train an active-receptive mode as performers so that we are centered and alive, and at the same time, open and receiving? How can we disrupt the logic-brain, and approach spoken text through our bodies?
We will experiment with rhythm, harmony, and physical relationship as entryways to impulse, and to freedom in the body, voice, and imagination.
No experience required. Wear clothing you’re comfortable moving in, and bring some water. There will be opportunity to work with spoken language – participants are invited to learn a short piece of classical text (6-8 lines is plenty. More than that is fine, too) – or whatever text you’re interested in. If English is not your first language, feel free to bring a text in whatever language you are comfortable speaking.
Hannah Chodos is a performer, director, and teaching artist from Los Angeles. She has been a member of the LA-based theater company, The Actors’ Gang (www.theactorsgang.com
), for 11 years, and continues to train and perform on their stage in Culver City and on tour throughout the U.S. and internationally. She holds a BA in Religion from Dartmouth College, and an MA in Ensemble Theatre from Rose Bruford College (London), where she trained with the Polish theatre company, Teatr Piesn Kozla (Song of the Goat Theatre). She has led workshops for performers at Dartmouth College, DePaul University, Walkabout Theatre, and at PAM (www.pamresidencies.com
). Hannah is a lead teaching artist and program manager with The Actors’ Gang’s Prison Project, bringing ensemble theatre into prisons in California and throughout the U.S. as a vehicle for rehabilitation. She is the director of Macbeth in Rhythm, which debuted at PAM Residencies, and went on to further development at VOXFest, Dartmouth College (www.voxtheater.org
), and at the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (www.shakespearecenter.org
) as part of the 2017 Year of Macbeth.