Bodywork – Movement & Voice, Creation, Human Voice, Improvisation, Song & Interpretation, Theater & Textwork, Vocal Exploration
“The loving, open minded man plays without a reason and enjoys his life because he is joy. He imitates the dance of the birds and stretches his wings like they do. He is fulfilled with the spirit of the winds, the floating water, the warming fire and the nourishing earth.” [after Kabir]
This kind of play is the foundation of “physical theatre”: playing not for the sake of performance but rather to engage all aspects of self, our entire being.
In playful encounters we find ourselves in the flow of breath, voice and movement. It requires letting go, surrendering joyfully to the spontaneous embodiment and expression of our impulses. These become the source of inspiration: everything is valid, nothing is incidental; the duality of right versus wrong no longer applies.
Even resistance is considered less a barrier and more a way to access new possibilities. The whole world of emotions, dreams and fantasies is integral to ritual play and manifests as a source of constantly emerging shapes: one minute we are human, the next an animal or a plant or simply air, water or fire. In group improvisation, through body and voice, rhythm and space, we discover ‘archetypal’ images: prototypes of the soul or contents of the ‘collective unconsciousness’ (ref. C.G. Jung)
Ritual play is a special form of physical theatre without audience: everybody is performing at the same time. After an intensive body work and a series of exercises focused on awareness, encounter, and improvisation, the players gradually enter into a daydream-like state, which many of us haven’t experienced since childhood.
The roots of ritual play derive from a combination of the research and work of Jerzy Grotowski, Living Theatre, and, Off-Off-Broadway Theatre. It is for actors and dancers who seek to extend their expressive capacity, who are searching for a deeper understanding of a text, a theme or a myth, and indeed for anybody who is fascinated by the wildness and aliveness of free play and experiencing a deep submersion into something bigger than self. Ritual play taps a profound spiritual dimension.
What is Roy Hart Voice Work?
“The voice is the muscle of the soul” (Alfred Wolfsohn)
The voice work after Roy Hart is very much related to ritual play. Developed in parallel during the 60s and 70s, the approaches converge in the belief and experience that body, soul (the inner being), and voice are closely connected and demand expression and liberation.
This week long intensive is the first attempt to bring both approaches together in a workshop. What will come out of it is still uncertain, so let’s stay curious!
For further information see www.lutz-pickardt.de
Booking Information and Contact:
Location: Theater im Fluss, Kleve, Ackerstraße 50-56
Schedule: Wednesday 19.00-21.30 Uhr, Thursday to Saturday 9.30-17.00 (lunch pause incl.) and Sunday 09.30-15.00 Uhr (lunch pause incl.)
Teaching Language: German and English
Accomodation in pensions and hotels close by from 30,-/night, see booking.com (please book soon, many places are already occupied), Airnbnb (from 25,-/night) or in the rooms of the theatre on the floor (bring sleeping mats, 5 places max.)