Date: July 13 – 27, 2013
Teaching Artists: Estelle Parsons, Dan Safer, Ping Chong, Vit Horejs
Click Here for Registration Form. Deadline: June 1, 2013. Limited spots available
The International Symposium for Directors, sponsored by La MaMa Umbria is a training program for professional directors, choreographers and actors. Internationally renowned theatre artists conduct workshops and lecture/demonstrations. During the Symposium, participants will travel to Umbrian towns such as Orvieto, Perugia or Assisi to get a taste of Umbrian art and culture. Performances at local arts festivals and community fairs are also included. In addition, participating directors may conduct their own workshops to share insights and techniques with their colleagues.
Participants will be exposed to a variety of theatrical perspectives during the Symposium, from instructors who will expand their sense of what is possible in the theatre. Directors attending the Symposium see how prominent artists on the international scene create their unique productions. The workshops are participatory, and it is expected that all attendees will engage actively in the processes of the various teaching artists.
Each year LaMaMa invites renowned theatre artists to participate as teaching artists during the Symposium. This summer, we will host the following artists:
Week 1: Estelle Parsons and Dan Safer
Estelle Parsons: Workshop will explore the relationship between actor and director using traditional and experimental rehearsal techniques which are influenced by the style of the piece. Participants will come prepared with a variety of texts to explore.
Dan Safer: Workshop is entitled SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE/THEATER. Participants will create dynamic, genre-defying dance and theater, employing techniques that focus on what is happening in the room, building material from what is on hand and spiraling out from there into surprising and endlessly inventive territory. Will explore task based, problem solving methods that eliminate the pressure to “be creative” and simply allow you to work and make constant discoveries, making sure what we are doing is continuously fun and exciting, as well as a little scary at times and bringing to the performance of what we generate a ‘rock band’ feeling – no fourth wall. We are in the room with the audience making a feedback loop of energy to create a singular shared experience.
Week 2: Ping Chong and Vít Hořejš
Ping Chong: Workshop will focus on the generative process. This is a studio workshop in which actor/creators, director/creators, performance/creators with a conceptual bent and open mind will explore and create non-traditional interdisciplinary work. Participants will explore space, image, movement, sound, media, and performance, both separately and in combination, and must be willing and open to collaborating with others from different disciplines. Participants are encouraged to bring texts of all kinds, recorded music and sound effects, and portable media to create with.
Vít Hořejš: Artistic Director of New York’s Czechoslovak-American Maironette Theatre (CAMT) will lead a workshop “Playing with Puppets” focusing on use of string puppets in combination with live actors in theatre. Participants will learn the basics of traditional marionette manipulation and discover ways in which marionettes can be used in an unorthodox manner. They will create a scene based on Plato’s Republic.
While most of the time will be spent in workshops at La MaMa Umbria, at least one day has been set aside for excursions to nearby cities. We will attend at least one performance event at a local arts festival, which may include Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Spoleto Estate, Todiarte Festival in Todi, etc. There may also be opportunities to see additional performances on an ad hoc basis.
The group will visit nearby towns such as Perugia, Umbria’s capital, Deruta, where world-famous ceramics are still painted by hand or Assisi, where the famous Cathedral of St. Francis has reopened after extensive renovation and reconstruction.
In addition, we will share an old fashioned Italian tradition, a sagra, or community celebration dedicated to celebrating the specialties produced by small Umbrian villages (such as truffles, olive oil and wine.) Sagras typically include an abundance of locally prepared specialty foods, local wines, entertainment, costumes and games.
In addition to our internationally renowned guest teaching artists, there will be an opportunity for you and your colleagues to share exercises and techniques with each other in late night sessions.
You may propose a special workshop to offer in one of the late (after dinner) sessions. Use the space on the registration form to describe what you would share. Not all proposals will be accepted based on time and space availability.
The La MaMa International Symposium is accredited through Sarah Lawrence College. While the Symposium is geared for working professionals, some slots may be filled by university students, who may get credit (2 credits for one session of the Symposium and 1 credit for the Retreat) for their participation through an arrangement with Sarah Lawrence College. For more information, please contact La MaMa at (212) 254-6468.
ABOUT SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE
Located in Bronxville, New York, Sarah Lawrence College is a long recognized pioneer in creative education, as a liberal arts college with a focus on collaborative undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts. The learning process emphasized utilizes a diverse, global vocabulary, as students explore individual artistic techniques and experiment with connections among theater, writing, art, music, dance,
and emerging technologies. For more information about Sarah Lawrence College, please visit www.slc.edu.
The fee is $2,700. Fee includes all workshops, housing and meals, ground transportation from the Rome airport to and from La MaMa Umbria, excursions by bus, van or car, including one ticket to a performance at local festival (see above), entrance fees to museums and other points of interest.
Airfare is not included in the price. Round trip airfare at special rates may be available through our recommended travel agent. Call for more information.
REGISTRATION FORM AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Space is limited. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants must fill out the Registration Form. Space is secured with a deposit of $1,000 due with the registration form by June 1, 2013. $100 of the deposit is a non-refundable processing fee (unless the Symposium is already full when we receive your registration.)
All fees should be paid in US dollars in the form of checks or money orders payable to La MaMa ETC. In the case that a participant cannot attend the Symposium after having paid, 50% of the fee will be refunded if the participant cancels by June 20, 2013. After this date, the fee will not be refundable.
READ! “At La MaMa UMBRIA, SPACE AND SYNCHRONICITY Directors learn to draw from their surroundings – and from chance”. An article published in AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE, (January 2002), by Rebecca Engle. Ms Engle was a participant in the 2nd Annual International Symposium for Directors.
Click here to read Participants’ Comments from previous Symposia.
Mia B. Yoo
For additional information contact:
Mia Yoo, Symposium Coordinator
La MaMa ETC
74A East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
David Diamond, Symposium Coordinator