Coming up: SILENT FILM WORKSHOP

Silent film theatre postervarious locations TBA

  • performance training & development workshops
  • focusing on non-verbal communication, creative thinking, and ensemble work
  • 2-day workshop culminates in a short video based on Méliès & Verne work

Sample of Georges Méliès film based on Jules Verne stories:

“filmed in the overtly theatrical style for which Méliès became famous.”

About the workshop:

The Méliès silent film is used as a base for this workshop to focus on telling a story through the body. By purposefully omitting the audible or verbal, session work aims to enhance the physical aspect of an actor’s performance. Exercises lead students to sharpen their visual and corporeal articulation while also finding a balance between stylized and authentic ways of communicating. The physical performance skills students develop will be applied to the creation of a short film. With a stand-still camera recording in Méliès’ style, this practical project will also hone team-work and creative thinking.

The making of this fun short minute film is used as a conduit to develop important acting skills students take away from the workshop, learning from a variety of methods by leading stage directors and practitioners including: Jersy Grotowski, Rudoplh Laban, & Jacques Lecoq.

About Le Voyage Dans La Lune:

Apart from fantastic science-fiction, Jules Verne also wrote plays. One of them was the very successful Un Voyage à Travers l’Impossible from which Méliès drew inspiration, taking a few artistic liberties… Along with pioneer woman film-maker, Alice Guy-Blaché (whom, by the way, also used the gramophone to provide sound to her movies; hers thus pre-dating the officially recognised talkies), stage magician George Méliès was among the first to use the medium of film to create a fictional story. Until then, cameras were mostly used to document real life. Though Les Frères Lumière reportedly refused to sell him a camera, he eventually sourced one and it was a happy technical mis-hap with equipment that led him to figure out that he could also do magic tricks on film. Hence he is also credited with being the first to create “special effects” in cinema. Le Voyage Dans La Lune is said to be the first sci-fi movie in history in 1902 and Méliès starred in the movie himself.  Coloured versions were also painstakingly made at the time*, rendering it a visual extravaganza.

Méliès was portrayed by Ben Kingsley in Martin Scorsese’s 2011 film entitled Hugo.

Le Voyage Dans La Lune has also earned its place at Louvre Abu Dhabi in a temporary exhibit called “Globes: Visions of the World” and screened in a permanent collection area in museum gallery 10.

Links:

On Lecoq and physical theatre: https://www.economist.com/node/238819

Le Voyage Dans La Lune in colour, featuring original music score by French band, Air: https://vimeo.com/39275260

* Prints of A Trip to the Moon were hand-colored by Elisabeth Thuillier’s coloring lab in Paris.

About a trip to the moon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Trip_to_the_Moon 

About Méliès: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Méliès

A Jules Verne theatrical production:  https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_à_travers_l%27Impossible

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Acting for Adults in Dubai: Dream, Boldness, Power

slide1Huge thanks and Alf Mabrook to the wonderful graduates of the Acting for Adults course at DUCTAC for a superb showcase finale in December at Kilachand Studio Theatre!

To get a glimpse of their tremendous work and talent, check out the ACT TOO blog and read about the local stars’ experiences on: https://acttoodubai.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/dream-boldness-power/

Check http://www.acttoodubai.com/whats-on.html for details on our upcoming acting classes for adults starting October 25th at DUCTAC.

ACTING FOR ADULTS IN DUBAI

ACT TOOActing for Adults showcase in Dubai December 14th 8pm at Kilachand Studio Theatre, DUCTAC.dec-14-ductac-showcase

After a great long weekend and a week filled with film-art & stardom in Dubai, the ACT TOO student acting group at DUCTAC also celebrate their course finale with a special showcase this December at Kilachand Studio Theatre.

A soirée  of solos, scenes, and fantastic short plays will take audiences through a sample of theatre throughout the ages. Performing excerpts of Arthur Miller, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Yasmina Reza, Neil Simon, and, of course, Shakespeare plays, the ACT TOO troupe presents an evening of comedy, drama, all you can imagine in between, and even features a hilarious interactive play with a twist.

To catch the wonderful panoply of characters all-in-one evening, played by budding local talent, head over to Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre at Mall of the Emirates Level 2 this December 14th. Doors open 7:30pm. Show starts 8pm. Tickets: AED 50 at the door.

Acting for Adults classes in Dubai

adult-acting-posterThe Introduction to Acting for Adults series is back at DUCTAC (Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre) this November 5th. This special month program will mark the 10th edition of the course with brilliant and fun-loving alumni, all members of groups bearing their own troupe-names. To take part of the excitement shared by the likes of the Othello’s, Albatross, or Chi Aspire troupes, sign up now and explore the art of acting in a total of 12 action-packed hours. Topics include improvisation, voice, movement, Shakespeare for beginners, character development, scene study, and audition style. With all levels welcomed and led by director Sol Abiad (theatre instructor at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi), the learning process involves a lot of game-playing and creative thinking. Limited class-size, pre-registration is advised.

Dates: (Saturdays and Mondays) November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, and 21.

Time: 7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Location: DUCTAC, MoE level 2

To register: box.office@ductac.org / 04 341 4777

And remember too, this November, DUCTAC celebrates its 10th year anniversary! Come out to see some troupe members showcase their scene work on the November 19th open day at Mall of the Emirates, Level 2.