TERRAEMOTUS – International Residential Theatre Workshop led by Váli Theatre Lab at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium-Odin Teatret (1-15 August)
Using their skills in synergy, they will guide the participants to discover the complexity and variety of the different tools that are the basics of the work of their company Váli Theatre Lab.
The co-conduction will create a pedagogical space in which there will be different perspectives and focusses within several fields.
Every participant will be solicited and helped to express her/himself through theatre techniques that start from a physical approach.
Using the actor’s psycho-physical training each participant will develop attention and stage presence, rediscovering and exploring their bodies, voice and imagination in a creative way.
Váli Theatre Lab especially focuses its research on the dramaturgy of the actors.
This terminology refers to the creative/expressive process of the actor, conceived as work of composition and montage of actions (physical, vocal and inner).
Their practice is based on sessions of physical and vocal training focused on different principle of the dramatic art, giving to the participants some tools to be on stage.
Through individual and group exercises, the work will explore the study of the scenic action, using training that will involve body, voice and imagination.
The aim is to create a bridge from the pre-expressive level to the expressive one: from training to creating and staging of original material produced by the actors.
This part of the work, focused on the creation of characters, will give life to a final work demonstration.
It is the composition of two words: “Terrae” that means “Earth” and “Motus” that means “quake, movement”.
In the vocabulary the word “Earthquake” is defined like this:
• “A sudden violent shaking of the ground, typically causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth’s crust or volcanic action.”
• “A great upheaval. An upheaval is a violent and sudden change that affects people’s lives.”
– The first will be an inspiration to work on qualities of movement, from training to the creation of characters. Moreover, it will be the trigger to build images and atmospheres that will create the dramaturgical and staging outlines of the work in progress demonstration.
– The second definition will guide the creative work of the participants. Each of them will invent characters that experienced a strong life upheaval. Could be inner or external (emotional, political, social, etc.)
They start to live in a world where all the normal rules of nature are upside down.
A place where what they are used to think ‘normal’ is not like that anymore.
For them nothing is certain any longer and what before was impossible suddenly
How will life be in this brand-new world?”