A production still from Toshiki Okada's 'Zero Cost House': three actors on a mostly bare stage.

Three Visions of Presence: Lecoq, Chaikin, Okada

Dan Rothenberg, ​co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the OBIE Award-winning ​Pig Iron Theatre Company​, will teach a 6-session workshop for performer-creators. Drawing from his encounters and collaborations with theater visionaries ​Jacques Lecoq, Joe Chaikin, ​and ​Toshiki Okada​, Rothenberg will dig into performer presence, breath and play. This workshop brings together touchstones from a two-decade investigation of performance style that bridges experimental, clown-based, and cabaret-based techniques.

What is the muscle that allows contact with the audience? How does the performer mold the attention of the audience? How does an ensemble create a ​style—​a complete performance world? Working with improvisation and writing-on-your-feet, Pig Iron’s co-founder will lead participants through a series of provocations that are expansive, joyful, and demystifying.

Rothenberg trained with Jacques​ ​Lecoq ​in Paris, and Pig Iron’s roots are in Lecoq’s work with physical performance and clown. In 1999, legendary director and founder of the Open Theater ​Joseph Chaikin​ directed and developed ​Shut Eye with Pig Iron—from which emerged a new pedagogy called “Ordinary-Extraordinary.” Then in 2011-2013, Pig Iron collaborated with award-winning Japanese writer-director ​Toshiki Okada​ whose self-conscious writing and unique physical performance style have made him a sensation at festivals across Asia and Europe.

Restless actors seeking a new approach; clowns and comic performers looking to deploy their skills in unconventional ways; creators of original performance.

Monday, November 9: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, November 10: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Monday, November 16: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, November 17: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Monday, November 23: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Tuesday, November 24: 7:00pm-9:00pm

All times are listed in US Eastern Standard Time.