UNTITLED: An Evening of Physical Theatre Improvisation In Bangalore
DURATION: 50-60mins (approximately)
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE:
UNTITLED is a spontaneously generated total performance that draws together body, voice, imagination and audience into a unique and unrepeatable live performance event.
The show is unscripted and limitless in its possibilities, responding entirely to the here and now.
There are many ‘styles’ of performance improvisation. Some start from audience suggestion, some from scenario, some from character idea or a movement language. This work starts from nothing. A performer enters the space and s/he finds something – a movement, a word, an interaction with someone in the audience. From that seed the performance grows. Perhaps it will become a story or remain more abstract. Perhaps it will be funny, perhaps profound. Perhaps it will be linear, perhaps fractured. Usually it will be all of these. That’s why it’s titled UNTITLED!
The audience watches and experiences as the performers discover, structure and deliver the work – indeed the audience creates at the same time as the performers for they too see and interpret impulses and possibilities. This is the heart of the work. The performers and the audience are in the same room at the same time and so experience simultaneously the discovery of a work which can only possibly exist once.
UNTITLED is a thrilling, moving and profound encounter with human creativity.
UNTITLED is a tightrope walk which relies utterly on the skills of the performers to notice, absorb, structure and manipulate whatever material emerges from their imaginations, from the relationship between them and from the space they are sharing with the audience.
UNTITLED is live, skilled, unrepeatable high-wire performance – an unpredictable and joyous meeting of performers, audience and space.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
John Britton is a world-renowned teacher and performer. For three decades his work as a performer has primarily focused on solo and group improvisation. He is the founder and Artistic Director of DUENDE and of The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre. The DUENDE School usually runs in Greece, but in 2018 will, for the first time, run in India, split between Maharashtra and Bangalore.
With DUENDE John runs an ongoing series of international improvised performance events called ‘Collisions’ where DUENDE Artists meet local artists live in front of an audience. ‘Collisions’ have taken place across Europe and in Australia. Prior to founding DUENDE he ran Quiddity Theatre in Australia, and, with his long-term collaborator created over forty ‘Spontaneous Combustions’ – duet improvisations which were seen across America, Mexico, Europe and Australia.
John has just finished directing ‘Macbeth’ at Delhi’s National School of Drama and will then head to Colombia to teach improvisation for two months in a Dance Department in Bogota.
John has been working in theatre since graduating from an MA in Theatre at Leeds University (UK) in 1988. Since then he has directed, written and performed in over 80 productions across a wide range of art-forms, including theatre, dance, circus, children’s theatre, opera, improvisation, educational theatre and work that defies all categorisation.
In Australia, he encountered the work of Al Wunder and established The Quiddity Ensemble where he began developing some of the approaches to training ensemble that later became Self With Others.
In 2004, he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield (UK) where he designed and delivered the innovative MA Ensemble Physical Theatre – a practice-based MA course that ran for five years. During that time he was also commissioned to write Encountering Ensemble for Methuen/Bloomsbury, published in 2013.
In 2013 he left his post at Huddersfield University to return to full-time artistic practice. In 2017 he published his second book; ‘Climbing The Mountain: A Performer’s Journey Into Presence’. He now spends much of the year touring the world, teaching, performing and directing. In addition to his teaching work, John is a director of Physical and Interdisciplinary performance. He releases a bi-monthly podcast called ‘DUENDE Time’ which looks at all things performance-orientated.
Manjari Kaul works as a freelance performer and director based in Delhi. She is an artist at the international ensemble, DUENDE and a graduate of the Duende School of Ensemble Physical Theatre (Athens) and has a Masters degree from The School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has directed and performed in several Theatre pieces that have travelled around India, UK and Greece.
Some of her latest directorial works are- 00101010 (performed by the students of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology), UpRoute (a devised ensemble Physical Theatre piece based on the subject of home and exile), Concord (a site specific piece performed at the In Progress Feedback Festival in Athens) and a solo show, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel with the same name.
Her work engages predominantly with gender and memory. Manjari assisted John at NSD earlier this year where they created a production of ‘Macbeth’ and will co-teach and co-direct at The DUENDE School this year when it operates for the first time in India.
12th March 2018
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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601, 1st Floor, 12th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar
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