Physical Fest will run from Friday 24 May to Saturday 1 June in venues across Liverpool. Presented by Liverpool based theatre company Tmesis Theatre, Physical Fest will showcase a variety of physical theatre workshops encouraging audiences to get involved and showcase their improv skills.
All classes and workshops will take place at the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3BX
Prices: 1 Day Workshop – £40
2 Days of Workshops – £75
Morning Classes – £5/4
Evening Classes – £6/£5
Special Price for All 8 Days of Classes and Workshops – £300
The Theatrical Body, presented by Compagnie Mangano-Massip, a French Theatre Company formed by Sara Mangano and Pierre-Yves Massip to explore the art of mime and associated forms of expression. Inspired by Marcel Marceau, Etienne Decroux and Jacques Lecoq, the workshop will explore the full range of an actor’s physical expression, nuances of movement and dramatic gesture.
Daphnis Kokkinos hosts a workshop based on the work of the late Pina Bausch. Beginning with modern dance training, Daphnis will then teach a series of movements which will allow students to find their own movement, unique to themselves. Participants will get the chance to explore their innermost feelings and transform them into dance and theatre.
Evening class: hosted by Mary Prestige and Jo Blowers. This workshop will explore contact improvisation as a tool for physical performance as well as release-based techniques. Students will explore developing trust, spontaneity and expressivity through touch and weight sharing.
Tmesis Theatre’s own Yorgos Karamalegos will host the morning class Seeking for Pleasure. Based on Lorna Marshall’s ‘fun time for the body’ this dive inside the human body is the perfect way to start the day.
Delve Deeper, held by movement director Fin Walker. Open to performers from all disciplines, participants will get the opportunity to step into their bodies inhabiting them fully in the moment of being, letting its movement support the movement of energy.
Yorgos Karamalegos host a workshop as part of the London based Physical Acting Lab. Through durational movement and music, participants will open up physically and emotionally, focusing on physical grounding and identification of individuals qualities.
Evening: Barefeet Acrobatics will hold their Afro-Batics workshop
Participants should prepare to spend a mass of energy as the Barefeet Acrobats guide them through a series of lifts, dives and spins. Developing flexibility and strength, the acrobats take inspiration from traditional Zambian myth and folklore, mixing rhythm, voice and crump influenced movement.
Barefeet Acrobatics will also hold a workshop for 11-18 year olds on Saturday 18 May.
Adam Meggido presents his improvisation in performance workshop. As the artistic director of Extempore Theatre, Adam is the co creator of some of the most ambitious and successful improvised theatre in the UK today. This hands-on approach to improvisation and spontaneity in theatre will give performers a freedom release and confidence in the moment.
Artistic director of Tmesis theatre Elinor Randle leads Morning Moves. This gentle way into moving is the perfect way to revitalise the mind and body after six days of workshops, using partner stretches, gentle movement and improvisation in preparation for expression.
Also: performer, director, and clown doctor, Jamie Wood’s workshop exploring clowning as a place to be open, honest, vulnerable, present and playful. Clown, Open to the space between us explores the space between the audience and performer and how you can have fun in this space.
31 May & 1 June
The series of workshops comes to an end with a two day mask workshop from Unbridled Theatre’s artistic director, Michael A Brown. Day one will explore the neutral mask, representing a human with no past or future plans; this state of neutrality allows the actor to live fully in a state of discovery. Day two will look at the expressive mask, from abstract to full face character masks; exploring the opportunity mask play makes of the performers body and imagination.
The only festival of its kind in Europe, Physical Fest is organised by Tmesis Theatre and brings the world’s best local, national and international movement and physical theatre artists to Liverpool in an exciting 9 day programme of events, workshops, taster classes and performances.
For full information on all workshops please visit www.physicalfest.com/fest-