07. 08. 2023 - 13. 08. 2023
Trpoměchy u Slaného
The Art of Devising In Contemporary Theatre and Dance
A one-week residential workshop facilitated by Sanja Krsmanović Tasić from Hleb Teatar, Belgrade, Serbia and supported by the Department of Drama Education at the Performing Arts Academy in Prague.
Open to participants with and without experience in the realm of performing arts, including dancers, actors, theatre directors, students, drama teachers, all who are interested in learning new skills and techniques that will enrich their professional life and contribute to their own development and growth. This one-week workshop will focus on development of different performing arts skills and practices, mastering the process of “devising” in theatre and dance drawing upon the individual creative potential within the group.
Starting with different exercises to warm up the body and to develop the physical vocabulary of each individual, the workshop will focus on creating and developing material from which a devised performance art piece can be created. The participants will go together through the process of creating physical scores based on personal inner stories, which will later be edited into scenes.
This workshop approach is based on techniques of Eastern European laboratory theatre, the 20th century masters of contemporary theatre and dance (Grotowski, Barba, Meyerhold,Yoshi Oida, Carolyn Carson), different martial arts techniques as well as some unique theatre/dance techniques developed by the facilitator herself (Sanja Krsmanović Tasić) drawing upon 30 years of her dedicated work in performing arts and dance.
Expect a lot of laughter and joy as well as moments of deep connection and contemplation. At the conclusion of this week-long workshop, participants will present their work in a form of theatre or dance scenes devised together.
Facilitator: Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic
Sanja is a performing artist, theatre director, choreographer, dance and drama teacher. The founder and artistic director of the Hleb Teatar and Artistic Utopia Association. Formerly an actress of the DAH Theatre and program director of educational projects of the DAH Theatre Research Centre. She is curently the president of IDEA-International Drama/Theatre and Education Association. She has been working as a drama and dance/movement teacher since 1984. She is an author and producer of numerous educational and artistic programmes & projects. Part of her pedagogical work has been also dedicated to creating art with disabled dancers and actors. She has led drama and dance workshops in Serbia and abroad (Europe, USA, UK, New Zealand, Mongolia, Cuba).
Since 2011 she has been developing new forms of performance described as “theatrical essays” with variation of “essays in movement”, and in 2014 she started developing the concept of “The Ecology of Soul” as part of the Festival “Mater Terra” that she has founded.
As artist creates work that is on the border line of activism and art, dealing with subjects that are important politically and socially. She believes that through art transformation and healing can be achieved.
Musician: Jugoslav Hadžić.
Jugoslav Hadžić is a musician, composer and actor in Hleb teatar and co-founder of Association Artistic Utopia. From 2002 to 2014 a permanent member and part of artistic team of Dah Theatre, where he gained most of his experience and knowledge about performance art. His theatre education comes from Dah theatre’s International School for Actors and Directors, workshops and courses in Odin Teater, Gennady Bogdanov’s Biomechanics and participation in creating and realizing projects and performances of Dah Theatre for more than 10 years.
He was also a permanent member of the band “Secondhanders”, as an accordion player, actor and stage consultant. The group “Secondhanders” performed on various music and theatre festivals in Serbia and Europe. And he also played bass guitar and accordion in the band “Sajsi”, which produced one album Misi Nači Naaš (2009) and performed on various festivals in the country and region.
In the Open Space Centre, Czech Republic. Open Space is a non-for-profit educational & cultural centre located 15 minutes from Prague airport and 25 min from Prague in the quaint village of Trpoměchy near Slaný. Originally built as a gymnasium in 1920’s by Sokol, a fraternal organization promoting the old-Greek ideal of a bodily, moral and spiritual whole, the recently reconstructed building offers a large workspace, kitchen, sauna and cozy attic bedrooms.
full board (3 meals a day, snacks, coffee/tea)
dormitory/hostel-style lodging in shared rooms with 2-4 people in one room and shared bathrooms, bedding and towels included
Monday 7th August from 5pm till Sunday 13th August 12 am.
€ 300 (early bird price € 270)
The price includes accommodation & meals.
INFORMATION & QUERIES:
Contact the organizer: Pavel Bednar, tel: +420602322947, [email protected]
Comments by participants of Sanja’s previous workshops in Open Space:
“Absolutely professional, exceptionally personal and warm-hearted approach.”
“Sanja is an experienced actress and director, but most of all a wonderful human being. I appreciated her sharing this experience with us as well as her own unique approach to acting and directing. Her workshop facilitation was genuinely pleasant which made me feel safe to experiment.“
“What I like about her approach is that even the so called warming-up activities are not just single-purpose but linked, directly or indirectly, with all other activities. Everything is interconnected with the level gradually increasing so we can develop and cultivate all that has been created and thus never feel stuck.”
“These few days spent with warm-hearted Sanja and all those wonderful people will forever stay in my memory. It was very intensive, very deep and yet such a great fun.”