Playmaking, VCE Solo and Ensemble Workshops
Playmaking Workshops using Jacques Lecoq Techniques
Rosa studied Jacques Lecoq technique with Norman Taylor (Movement Theatre Studio, New York). Lecoq was a French performer who established the International Theatre School in Paris, whose graduates include, Geoffrey Rush and Philippe Gaulier. His sources included Japanese Noh, Greek Tragedy, Commedia dell’Arte and Parisian cabaret.
Lecoq’s techniques are strongly linked to commedia and to creating ensemble and solo performance. Rosa’s workshop encourages students to use movement, gesture and archetypes to tell stories and create imaginary spaces (in limited spaces) and most importantly to have fun with the creative process.
Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI9t86hDNC0
Playmaking and VCE Ensemble Performance Workshop:
- Uses exercise to encourage ‘play’ and collaboration between actors.
- Explores the creation of archetypes using simple gestures.
- Looks at developing pantomime techniques.
- Uses playmaking techniques to develop a short piece for presentation at the end of the session.
Creating and Presenting VCE Solo Performances Workshop:
- Explores neutral mask to help actors develop an awareness of their physical expression
- Uses neutral mask to help actors create a sense of space (place and time) for the audience.
- Looks at creating archetypes and techqniques for transforming characters.
- Works towards the development of a short solo performance.
“My senior kids are still talking about the workshop and they thought you were amazing. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. You encouraged them to take risks, to be creative and to commit, in a way that really challenged their thinking about physicality and characterisation. We were all sorry that the time went so quickly – we will definitely have you back!”
Mandy Calterwood, Christian College, Geelong
“Thank you so much for the non-naturalistic mask workshop. All the students had such positive responses and have said that they really enjoyed the experience. I really thought it was such a fun and affirming session where all the students, no matter what their ability, felt as though they could try new things in a safe environment. Rather than theorising so much about the non-naturalistic style you were able to make it very physical and practical – so improtant for students at this stage in their VCE Drama course, I know they all left really feeling as though they achieved a and learnt a lot.”
Leonore Marshall, Drama Teacher, Girton Grammar, Bendigo