Matej Matejka will lead the workshop through two main approaches: ensemble work and personalised movement and gesture-based practice, known as “Physical Words.” David Glass will lead the student participants through his ‘Child’ process which seeks to unlock the deep openness, play , curiosity and presence that is the hall mark of our early years out of which all future play and creativity grows.
Together Matej and David will lead the participants on an exploration of Devising Ensemble practice that’s sits at the heart of both their practice and training.
By combining these two workshops the participants will explore and reveal fundamental performance and play states that can be applied to a wide range of performance contexts in physical, devised and interpretive theatre practice.
Both teachers are known for their practical and human skill centred approaches. And by weaving together the areas of physicality, ensemble and the Child a deeper capacity will emerge rooted in practical reproducible skills.
Physical Words is a unique performative practice created by MM, that explores the relationship between movement and text. It is encouraging the creation of tailor-made physical structures based on the individual effect of the words on the performer. This practice allowing performers to process seemingly contradictory tasks of speaking text while expressing with their body, resulting in a dynamic and engaging performance. The resulting powerful stage language can be applied to various theatrical and performative genres, creating new possibilities for artistic expression.
At the centre of David Glass’s teaching is the creative workshop on The Child. Developed over twenty years, this workshop will take the participant on an extraordinary journey rediscovering the heart of their creativity. Viewing childhood as the safe place through which we learn to survive, and drawing on the work of Jung and Winnicot, David Glass’s Child workshop has taken place in over twenty countries by artists and non-artists of all kinds.
The ensemble section of the workshop focuses on experiencing the gradual stages of collective awareness and the powerful creation that can emerge from group work. Participants will learn how to balance simplicity and intensity, progressively engaging with new layers of response from restrictive to fully flexible. Throughout the workshop, there will be a focus on developing individual, partner, and collective awareness while building on the work of others in the group. Participants will explore the vivid influence of ensemble work on the individual creative process and vice versa.
Matej Matejka is a multi-award winning movement and theatre practitioner who specializes in opening up the creative potentials of the body, and this comes out in his teaching and directing. Most recently, he was movement director for Flabbergast Theatre’s Macbeth (Assembly Roxy – Edinburgh Fringe) and co-director of Saksi Bisou’s ‘Prayers for a Hungry Ghost’ (Barbican Centre) and ‘Promised Land’ (Bloomsbury Festival) UK. Born and raised in Czecho-Slovakia, curently living in Poland, he was an actor and movement co-trainer with Farm in the Cavestudio in Prague from 2000-2005 and Teatr ZAR, Wroclaw, Poland from 2005-2018, where he performed in ‘Dark Love Sonnets’, ‘SCLAVI: Song of an Emigrant’, ‘Anhelli: The Calling’ and ‘Caesarean Section: Essays on Suicide’, winnning Herald Angel and Total Theatre awards in Edinburgh in 2006 and 2012. He is the founder and leader of Studio Matejka, a performance research studio and company under the auspices of the Grotowski Institute, in which he directed and created multiple theatre productions, short films and interactive performances among others ‘Awkward Happiness or Everything I Don’t Remember About Meeting You’, ‘Charmolypi’, site-specific projects including ‘Angry Man: Variations in Defense of Anger’ nominated for The Best OFF 2018/2019 in Poland. Matej directed seven short films, including ‘Pearadise’, which won the Best Foreign Film award at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival in 2013 and ‘Conflict of Apathy’ in NUDANCE Festival, Bratislava 2014.
David Glass is an International award winning solo performer , theatre director , writer, designer, lighting designer filmmaker, teacher and creative thinker. He is one of the UK’s most prominent Theatre Directors and one of the principle founders of the Physical / Visual, Devised, Adapted Ensemble and Applied theatre movements. He is recognized as one of the worlds leading theatre teachers, directors, writers and creative thinkers and has taught and influenced three generations. Training at the Lecoq school of physical theatre he also studied with Decroux, Grotowski Alvin Ailey, Mike Alfreds, Ed Berman,Peter Brook, Master Lim and Agusto Boal.
Full payment in advance is required to secure your place. If the workshop is cancelled by the organiser then a full refund is applicable. If you can longer attend the workshop for genuine reasons then we request that you contact us at least 14 days before by email so we can issue a full refund. If you cancel your attendance with less than 14 days notice, there will be no refund.