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Melbourne Physical Theatre School is looking for people who want to be a part of a new performing ensemble. Kimberley Twiner is establishing a new ensemble called ‘The Unsinkables’. Kimberley has been a recipient of a unique opportunity, a three week residency, as part of the Abbotsford Convent Pivot Program. Kimberley Twiner is leading the project as facilitator and director. The project will train the ensemble to a high level of complicity and physical play. It will then include a devising process the goal is to create content to be performed outside.
The Concept and The Drives.
By Kimberley Twiner
Collective work is the antidote for a continually individualizing world. We have been thrown deep into a solitude, a kind of private existence, warding off the threat of being in public. I can only come to terms with this through the power of collective play. I want to work with a new collective of players. This collective will be a shapeshifting chorus, storytelling, sharing song, creating and re-telling poetry and with their bodies reflecting the world both literally and abstractly. I have been running physical theatre workshops outside and I have been struck with how ‘in the bubble’ our performing profession can be. It is a clear gut feeling for me that we have to be ready to perform outside. Here is art’s political power. The collective voice is potent. The Unsinkables is a new project and this version, version one, has ‘theatre for the people’ at its heart. Right now we have to go outside to tell our story, we will let it touch whoever passes by. I cannot help but feel the muses are delighted when we take our storytellers outdoors. This is the concept. There will be a process. And it will be sweaty.
My final point is that this ensemble will have a life beyond this residency. I am interested in working with people who also share this desire.
Who you are:
Highly interested in engaging with dynamic, ensemble physical theatre.
(Ensemble is defined as chorus work/flocking work/school of fish type work/group work)
Highly interested in engaging with an ensemble of nine people.
Highly interested in creating hilarious and meaningful physical theatre.
You have experience in physical theatre.
You enjoy being in a facilitated process.
You enjoy responding to provocations.
Interested in training your poetic body to shape shift and wear masks.
Interested in training in rigorous chorus work, mimo dynamics, physical comedy.
Interested in practicing performing in a Lecoq Pedagogic framework.
Establishing and participating in the longer term life of this collective.
Tues 14th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 15th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thurs 16th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 17th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Improvising and Devising
Tues 21st 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 22nd 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thurs 23rd 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 24th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Re-Working and Directing
Tues 28th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wed 29th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thurs 30th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 31st 10:00am - 4:00pm
You need to be available for the entirety of the project.
We will spend the week working together, in flocking and ensemble work. At the end of the week we will meet and check in if we are a good match to work together. The final casting decision will be made by Kimberley.
Improvising and Devising
The second week will be play based devising. It will be a combination of movement analysis classes, group improvisations and documenting any glorious moments we had.
Re-Working and Directing
Our final week together will involve weaving our piece together. The ensemble will return to existing material and re-work, and rehearse to shape together the hypothesis of the piece.
1. A Letter of Motivation responding to the below questions.
Why are you interested? What draws you to this project?
2. Proudest Moments?
Tell me about a few of your most rewarding projects and why they felt so good?
3. A Bio
A paragraph outlining your creative practice and performing experience.
Please email applications to Kimberley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due by: Tues 7th July
Applicants will be informed: Thurs 9th July
Participants will be selected based on their applications.
There are no fees involved with this project, there are no payments involved in anyway.
We are receiving free space only.
It is a professional-passion-practice-political-project even for Kimberley.
Everything will be conducted in regulation with Covid-19 rules. We will work at 1.5 metres distance from each other. This poetic space will make for excellent outdoor collective work aswell.
Winter Workshops 2020
Outdoor Physical Theatre Conditioning
Lead teacher: Kimberley Twiner
Inspired by kick-to-kick, this is a workshop series to support the physical play of theatre performers. It is designed to strictly adhere with current Covid-19 restrictions and will be limited to 9 participants.
Grounded in Le Jeu (pleasure/fun) participants can expect playful theatre games, ball games, stick games, chorus work and cardio work. (Yes, all keeping in mind the 1.5 metre distancing). All levels of experience are welcome and sessions will include a warm up and a warm down.
This is a three week course in JUNE 2020
The TUESDAY class is now sold out, new classes added on WEDNESDAY.
Wednesday 3rd, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday 17th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Balfe Park, Brunswick East, 3057
Really really really broke: $30.00
Pay Want You Can: Negotiate with Kimberley prior to booking, please get in contact!
Please get in contact if you have any questions about the health and safety modifications I am making for these classes.
Started by Kimberley Twiner in 2019.
Melbourne Physical Theatre School is a place for high quality training taught by local, national and international maestros.
Kimberley is a Melbourne based performer, director and teacher.
She is a Fusetti, Bolton and Gaulier trained performer. In 2019 she studied THE PEDAGOGIC JOURNEY An Advanced Training in Movement Theatre under the tutelage of Giovanni Fusetti. This was a study into teaching the Lecoq lineage of training.
She is obsessed with many aspects of theatre training and believes that technical training and play based training hold hands with each other. Play without technique doesn't work, and technique without play doesn't work. Kimberley seeks to train people in a non-personal way, because theatre trangresses the personal, a performer must go beyond their own private experience.
Kimberley's expertise is found in devised physical comedy, clown, bouffon and character comedy. Her practice is explored through her award winning queer comedy troupe PO PO MO CO, award winning directing for The Travelling Sisters, devising contemporary clown with Fish & Twiner's Bait Shop and her bouffon troupe Physical and Political.
From the Neutral Mask to Red Nose
The Pedagogy of Bouffon
Bouffon and the Ecstasy of Mocking
Drag 101: Performing Skills
Character Charge Up
Resources for the eyes and ears that capture something about the incapturable.
The Poetic Body (also known as The Moving Body) by Jacques Lecoq
Women Who Run With The Wolves by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Empty Space by Peter Brook
Why Is That So Funny? by John Wright
True and False by David Mamet
Every Little Movement by Ted Shawn
Myths of the Family by James Hillman
The Creative Fire by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Politics of Feeling by James Hillman