Exploring Shakespeare Through Voice and Body

Exploring Shakespeare Through Voice and Body

4th-14th Sept 2022, La Chaussée, Maillet, France
with Ben Joiner and Footsbarn Theatre

Footsbarn Travelling Theatre (established 1971) partners with voice and movement teacher,
Ben Joiner, for an exciting new 10 day actors’ workshop based around the exploration of Shakespeare’s
masterpiece, Twelfth Night.
The workshop will take place in Footsbarn’s iconic Grand Chapiteau (big top tent) and will be hosted at
their site, La Chaussee, a renovated farm set deep in the French Countryside with male and female
dormitory accommodation for up to 30 people.
The workshop will be conducted in English but students are welcome to bring material to work on that is
in the language they feel most comfortable with.
Students are invited to pick a character and learn a monologue from the play, which can then be
explored through movement, voice, mask and improvisation over the 10 day period.
The subject of this particular play naturally invites us to disrupt any notions of hetro normative theatre
and explore our own individual relationships to gender, sexuality and love.
Mask work will gure strongly in this exploration, allowing the actor to experience the sense of freedom
this can give us. Site-specic work will also feature, and we will invite each character to nd their own
domain by exploring the rich and creative surroundings of Footsbarn’s home.
The workshop will use movement, breath and voice as an entry point into self-awareness,
emotional range and imaginative uency. Each day the actors will be supported in developing these
skills alongside their ensemble work, character development and shared practice.
We invite you to dissolve the rigidity of intellectual conditioning, drop down into the body and
explore a sensory process that invites the performer to act out of their own creativity and
visceral responses.
This will involve an approach that initially overrides the clamour of the rational
brain. Preconceptions around the text and language will be disrupted prior to a deeper
investigation. The rhythms, sounds and images of the text will merge with the actor’s own felt
experience, emotional storehouse, open mind and sense of play.
Our stories and characters will then re-emerge, refreshed and full of vitality ready
to be shared in the icon space of the Footsbarn Big Top Tent in a free and open
performance, remember…. This is Footsbarn doing Twelfth Night .. Anything
could happen!
The workshop is heavily inuenced by Ben’s experience as a dancer, actor,
Feldenkrais practitioner and his designation to teach Kristin Linklater’s voice
work.
Other inuences include the work of Sandford Meisner, the principles of Michael
Chekov and Contact Improvisation.
Sadie Jemmett is the new Artistic Director of Footsbarn Travelling Theatre. She
brings with her over 20 years worth of experience as a Composer, Musical
Director, Performer, Writer and Director.
Sadie will explore the music, sounds and rhythms that can be used to enhance
and discover a character, as well as chorus work, in both body and voice.
Food and accommodation are included in the price.
For all bookings and further details please contact jem@footsbarn.com.

September 4 @ 09:00 — September 14 @ 18:00
09:00 — 18:00 (248h 59′)

La Chaussee

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