The trapeze is to aerial arts much like the piano is to music training. It is the basic “instrument” where most people start learning aerial skills. They may move on from there to another apparatus. We offer training in solo or partner skills on the static trapeze including swings, hangs, poses, and drops. Can be tailored from beginning to advanced level.
Aerial silks, or “fabrics” is an apparatus that demands a lot of physical strength, but offers a rewarding range of creative possibilities, both visually and in terms of the variety of possible skills. Learn some of the climbs, locks, poses, and drops possible on this stunning apparatus. Can be tailored from beginning to advanced level.
A basic definition of pantomime is anything you do physically on stage to communicate without speaking. Being able to communicate non-verbally is the backbone of stage acting and the foundation of clowning, physical theater and even dance. Analyze the basics like body language, facial expression, posture and stage presence as well as learn and practice the specific techniques of fixed point, dynamic line, space and matter manipulation, energy projection and more. It is also helpful to learn and understand the principles and history behind this art form, including some of the innovators like Etienne DeCroux, Marcel Marceau, and Jacques Lecoq.
The clown is a character who is able to interact with their environment and relate to their audience in a lighthearted and comic way. Study and practice the use of pantomime, acting techniques, and comic timing to create a character and explore how that character interacts with their surroundings, objects, and other people. Can include a brief background of the history and heritage of clowning both in Europe and around the world. Some experience in mime and pantomime is very helpful, although not necessary.
This highly visible performance skill can be used in a conventional circus setting, theatrical stage performances, parades, character street performance and more. The height of the stilts can be determined according to the skill and confidence of the performer(s) and the desired affect for the event/venue.
Basic gymnastic tumbling is a foundational tool for clowning, acrobatics and even dance. It develops coordination, balance and control in addition to specific skills like rolls, handstands, walk-overs and handsprings.
Sport Acrobatics is a way to add interesting and striking visual elements to physical theater and dance performances. We will work on the basic techniques of weight-sharing, basing, and flying as we learn several basic acrobatic formations. This discipline uses and increases strength, balance and coordination.
We know that dancing can be beautiful, but how do we really make it a part of worship? Is that even biblical. This workshop affirms dance worship based on scriptures from the Word of God and offers answers for the question, “Why dance in worship?” We will explore and practice some different forms of dance worship expression and maybe even expand your scope of possibilities. Have you even considered using props, or flying people in the air, or maybe dancing in the dark with flashlights? We want to help you find the best way to communicate your message and give glory to God by participating in the work of creativity with Him.
Originally conceived as a divergence from the rigid constraints of ballet technique, Modern dance has developed into a rich and established art form. The focus of Modern dance is on expressing inner emotions and ideas using the full range of movement available to the human body. This workshop will teach specific steps and combinations with an emphasis on moving from the core. We will also use guided improvisation exercises to help the dancers discover some of their own personal movement possibilities. These explorations include the use of levels, rate, weight and quality of movement,
Contact improvisation is a great tool for building trust and relationship between dancers, developing new choreography, and pushing your limits physically and creatively. Many professional companies like Pilobolus, PUSH Physical Theater use it as a primary means for creating new works. Contact Improve uses a foundation of weight-sharing technique, also called non-traditional partnering, to explore the possibilities when two or more dancers move their weight as one and find ways to continue the flow of the movement. Lifts, leaps, shapes, moves and story-lines are all elements that can develop out of this kind of improvisation.
This workshop will introduce you to tools and techniques that will help you create your own original dance and movement pieces. We will look at various sources for inspiration and different methods of choreographing. We will do hands on practicum to explore different elements of dance composition, improvisation techniques and movement exploration exercises. We will also encourage you to think through things like costumes, lighting, props, backdrops, casting, target audience, the environment of your performance venue and other things that affect the end result of your piece.
Study the art of portraying a character using exercises, scenes and improvisation. Learn vocabulary, practical techniques, and tools the actor can use to improve his or her performance on stage. Can be tailored to fit any level from beginning to very advanced and experienced. Separation of different levels is recommended, although not necessary.
Musical Theater is a popular production style because it combines the power of music and the visual interest of movement within the engaging element of a theatrical story. Improve your skills for this demanding art form with training in vocal projection, singing technique, stage movement, dance, stage presence, and characterization.
A director is the creative engine responsible for bringing the elements of a show together. This workshop gives you tools and training to help your rehearsal process run smoothly and make the end product is as good as it can possibly be. Some of the topics covered are: blocking stage movement, acting coaching, scheduling efficient rehearsals, Why do I need a Stage Manager?, budget, costumes and props, lights and sound.
How to start with a text or a concept and create an innovative and original production. Exploring how to use staging, lighting, costumes, props, music, media, and other art forms to create a one of a kind show that uses the talent and resources you have at hand.
Performing in the out-of-doors brings a unique set of challenges, but oh, the possibilities. Whether it is for an outdoor festival, parade, missions trip, outreach event, or backyard extravaganza this workshop will offer insight and training to create a great act or show that will take full advantage of the possibilities of performing “outside the black-box.”
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