various 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.
Project idea genesis: sparked by attending the brilliant creation by Vigier and Di Fonzo Bo on March 25th 2018 at Théâtre National de la Danse, Paris. Serendipitously heartened by visiting Louvre Abu Dhabi shortly thereafter.
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.
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