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.
WHO IS IT FOR:
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.