THE CLEANSING OF CONSTANCE BROWN presented by STAN'S CAFE
@ A E Harris, 1st - 19th March, 18.30 & 20.30 (running time 70min)
(no perfs. Sundays or Mondays)
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Having performed Of All The People In All The World at the Setagaya Public Theatre in Tokyo talk turned to
what should come next, the answer was a five day workshop for local theatre makers.
Participants were a mix of freelance workers for Setagaya Public Theatre, theatre makers recruited by critic Chikara Fujiwara and artists responding to an open call for participants. They included actors and directors with different levels of experience as well as a dance, visual artist and graphic designer.
The five days mixed practical exercises, presentations on aspects of Stan's Cafe's working process and discussions. Whilst initially working as a full company of sixteen the course developed flexible sub-groups that work together pursuing lines of enquiry that interested them most.
Areas explored were: ensemble playing, audiences as active creators, neutrality in performance, the relationship between form and content, particularly rule based improvisations and the use of text.
The group rapidly developed an excellent team spirit and each day ended with an informal after hours period of socialising and further discussion.These sessions provided extra time for participants to ask James detailed questions arising from their own practice. They also gave James a chane to be schooled in helpful Japanse slang - "KAKKOII."
Commissioned by: Masayoshi Yahagi for Setagaya Public Theatre
Produced by: Minako Eshi
Dramaturgy: Chikara Fujiwara
Participants: Ayumi, Chikara, Erika, Kana, Kiguchi, Mana, Ritsuko, Rie, Ryuhei, Seiichi, Shinta, Shohei, Takako, Watanabe, Yuki
Lead by: James Yarker, for Stan's Cafe
Workshop translation: Lisa Takayama
'After 5' translation: Yu
Supported by: Fuku-chan, Nira, Rie and Taba-chan