Object Theatre Workshop – November 26-29, 2018

Object Theatre Workshop

November 26 to November 29
1 pm to 5 pm
Location: Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP)
503-100 Arthur St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3

Theatre Projects Manitoba is presenting a four-day workshop on object theatre from November 26 to November 29, 1 pm to 5 pm. The Workshop will be led by Grant Guy along with contributions by Olivier Ducas and Francis Monty of Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, who are in Winnipeg performing Villes at Théâtre Cercle Moliere.

The workshop will introduce students to the art of object theatre. The participants will learn about different object theatre styles, its current history and development, characterization, manipulation techniques and body/object language (the biomechanics of the actor and object and their correspondence), and the actor and the object. Grant Guy will illustrate the methodology he used in the sixteen years at the helm of Adhere + Deny. This will be his methodology and will act as a launching point for the participants to begin the process to find their own. Greater effort will be placed on practical performance aspects. To do so the participants will select a scene from Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu Roi offering the participants opportunities to design, construct and manipulate their own puppets.

Ducas and Monty will join on November 26th to discuss their process, how they explore and determine what objects they use, and demonstrate the movement and characterization of the object. They will provide a brief overview and history of Théâtre de la Pire Espèce.

Introductory Topics to be discussed:

  • History, Theory and Exploration of the Object as a Performer
  • Text and Puppet Correspondence
  • Puppet as Rebel, as Symbol, as Character
  • Directing Manipulation of the Object
  • Biomechanics of the Object and Manipulator

On the last day the participants will showcase their discoveries. Constructive feedback will be exchanged.

Space is limited. Participants will work in pairs. When enrolling participants can enroll as a duo, otherwise Grant Guy and Theatre Projects Manitoba will pair up participants.

The early bird cost of the workshop is $175 for participants who book by: November 1st. The cost increases to $225 after November 1st.

Ubu on the Table

On November 27 at the Theatre Projects Manitoba’s Salon, co-presented by Théâtre Cercle Moliere, Olivier Ducas and Francis Monty will mount their Ubu on the Table!