Workshop Series

• Sun 10 09 – Sat 18 11 2023 •
Physical Theatre The body and the scene

Conceptualized by ALEX MELLO

This workshop offers procedures for working with and from the presence of the body on stage and in visual theater to heighten sensitivity to physical expression. Techniques will be experimented with to become aware of our movement dynamics and scenic state. Participants will be able to see how expanding their state of consciousness through bodywork expands creativity, quality of interpretation, and relationship to the scene. In addition to technical work, participants will be encouraged to create physical responses to the challenges of time, space, and music proposed by the director in solo, duo, and group settings.

To improve their performance and their relationship with the scene. The result of the work process will be presented in the theatrical performance Woy - A Carnivalesque Sambópera In Four Acts. A free interpretation of Büchner's Woyzeck.

Actors, dancers, performers, performing arts students and anyone interested in the performing arts. With a focus on the queer BiPOC community.

Sun 10 09 | 24 09 | 08 10 | 22 10 | 05 11 | 18 11
Each 11:00 - 14:00
ADKDW Studio, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne

Regular attendance is desired.
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Performance Sambópera Woy:
Sat 25 11 | 20:00-22:00 clock
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cäcilienstraße 29-33, 50676 Cologne

© Ygor Bahia (1-4)

A total of four workshop series will be held as part of the ADKDW's Carnival Project. They will deal on the topics of belonging, identity, body as territory, street carnival as a performative act and occupation of the city, as well as art and biography as a manifesto. By focusing on these realities, topics such as racism, affection, loneliness, discrimination, survival strategies and empowerment are dealt with and expressed in the form of a choreographic scenic play. In all series of workshops, one of the sessions will be dedicated to making costumes and stage props. As a result of the workshops, a performance is being prepared in the form of an approximately 20-minute act, which will form one of the 4 acts of the Sambópera Woy to be performed at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum.

The workshop series encourage discussion of the productive and expressive poetics of the body in space and as space, be it in the museum itself or in the city it inhabits. We will use wearable textiles as an inventive experimental field of freedom(s), make them, use them and move in and with them.

© Panamérica Transatlantica (1-4)

In cooperation with the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and the Centre for International Cultural Education of the Goethe-Institut Bonn.

Funded by