To complement and reflect upon the work at this year’s Luminato Festival, we are presenting a series of workshops featuring some of the artists involved, thereby reducing the distance between artists and audience and enrichening the experience for everyone.
To register for the workshops send an email with your resume and a brief paragraph about your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rimini Protokoll’s Making of Top Secret International
For professional performance-makers at the Goethe Institute, 100 University Avenue
Saturday, June 11
- 2:00pm - 3:30pm Public talk (Compulsory, see details below)
- 4:00pm - 7:00pm Workshop session
Sunday, June 12
- noon - 4:00pm Workshop session
$80 fee (registration required/ 20 participants maximum)
How to research and cast documentary plays, and how to involve the audience in such projects. Stefan Kaegi will share his insights into the making of recent Rimini Protkoll projects, and brainstorm and develop some experiments around upcoming projects including Top Secret International, which deals with the production and trade of information in a globalized world. Rimini Protokoll is gathering life stories of spies, secret carriers, politicians, journalists and activists from over 30 countries are to be found... Which strategies do they have? Which allies and enemies do they make?
Public talk: On Decontextualized Performers and Remote Controlled Audiences
How to transplant experts onto the stage while negotiating the grey zone between reality and fiction, using documentary material and theatrical interventions. Stefan Kaegi, one-third of the Rimini Protokoll team, will show video and comment on some recent Rimini Protokoll productions, which feature Kazakh oil-drillers, 50 remote-controlled spectators, 100 statistically chosen Berliners, Indian call centre operators and international weapons dealers.
Berlin-based Rimini Protokoll (Kaegi, Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel) produces documentary theatre and other works in public spaces through a wide range of collaborative partnerships. They have toured Europe and Asia for over three years with two Bulgarian lorry drivers and a truck converted into a mobile audience space (Cargo Sofia); they developed Radio Muezzin in Cairo, about the call to prayer in this age of technical reproduction; and Bodenprobe Kasachstan, about migration and oil in central Asia. Using research, public auditions and conceptual processes, they give voice to ‘experts' who are not trained actors but have stories to tell. Other recent works include 100% São Paulo with 100 local citizens on stage, and the World Climate Conference - a simulation of the UN-conference for 650 spectators in Schauspielhaus Hamburg. Currently they are performing Homevisit Europe, an interactive performance game, in hundreds of households across the globe.
Talk and workshop presented by Luminato and the Goethe-Institut, as part of Culture talks @ Goethe
Master Class with monumental choreographer Dana Gingras
For dance professionals at the Elgin Rehearsal Hall, 158 Victoria Street
Wednesday, June 15
- 11:00am - 1:00pm
$35 fee (registration required/ 25 participants maximum)
"You're walking. And you don't always realize it, but you're always falling. With each step you fall forward slightly. And then catch yourself from falling. Over and over, you're falling. And then catching yourself from falling. And this is how you can be walking and falling at the same time.” Laurie Anderson
This class will be presented as a series of kinetic explorations combining skills and practices of walking, falling, rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight. Drawn from various systems that aim to establish connections that develop a freedom and efficiency of movement, and simultaneously awaken the senses and strengthen the nervous system. Special attention will be paid to increase the functional capacity and fluid articulation of the spine. Working from a supple, dynamic core participants will be led through task-based exercises to generate movement that further explores the concepts of gravity and anti-gravity while expanding a sense of three dimensional spatial awareness.
The James Plays
Workshops for Actors and Directors with Luke Kernaghan, Associate Director, The James Plays
For theatre professionals (actors /directors) in the Side Room at the Hearn Generating Station
Friday, June 24
- 10:00am - 1:00pm for actors
- 2:00pm - 5:00pm for directors and other non-actors
$40 fee each session, both for $70 (registration required/ 25 participants maximum per session)
These workshops will take a practical look at the challenges and opportunities for invention posed by staging three plays with a single company of actors. It would be useful (but not necessary) for participants to have seen at least one of the plays. Actors should wear comfortable clothes that they can move in as the workshop will include a physical warm up and some insight into the fights or more physical aspects.
Luke Kernaghan is a freelance theatre director, working extensively within the UK and internationally. He is an Associate Director of the multi-award winning Big hART, collaborating on Namatjira (Southbank Centre) and Hipbone Sticking Out (Canberra Centenary Theatre and Melbourne Festival) and To A Different Drum (WHS). Directing includes Códice Ténoch for the Compañia Nacional de Teatro de Mexico and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Redcrosse (RSC), Hear