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Physical Storytelling Intensive

Casting notice expires: February 14, 2014

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Monica Hunken

Production Description

Seeking participants for a physical theater workshop to develop material, explore solo improvisation and access creative impulse. Company states: "This workshop is for actors, writers, singers, musicians, business people, bike messengers, chefs, anybody and everybody who wants to explore their creative capacity in a physical, fun and supportive environment. The class utilizes various physical theater techniques including Viewpoints, Grotowski’s plastiques and corporals, improvisation, clowning, Linklater vocal techniques and my own brand of developing solo material to explore the world of the participants' stories and improvised material. We will approach each story physically, finding the specifics, emotion, characters and action within our bodies and rely on the genius of impulse to set free new discoveries. Participants will examine how playing with theatrical forms, experimenting with time and space and exhausting usual safety’s can reveal the truth and inner life of the story that celebrate your individuality and unique choices."

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Meets March 1 (1-6 p.m.) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Note: Participants should anticipate meeting with the instructor prior to the workshop. Workshop begins promptly so arrive 10 minutes early.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Workshop cost: $150 ($140 if registered before Feb. 10). Payment is due before Feb. 14.


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Company Description

"What happens when we let our physical impulses run free, when we set the analytical mind on the back burner and move and create spontaneously? As children we play with imagery easily and without inhibitions but as we grow older, we tend to become more restrained and self-conscious. However, our bodies are still packed full of stories, emotions, memories, ideas; the fabric of our identities. Through physical exercises and forms we can access that dormant energy and creative materials that lie within and let them out to play in a constructive process. We can follow our impulses to generate new material and to develop personal stories."

"You have thousands of stories living within you that are fascinating and beg to be heard! We will create a safe environment in which to take risks and break out of old patterns to discover the light within."


"The education of an actor in our theater is not a matter of teaching him something; we attempt to eliminate his organism's resistance to this psychic process. The result is freedom from the time-lapse between inner impulse and outer reaction in such a way that the impulse is already an outer reaction.
Impulse and action are concurrent: the body vanishes, burns, and the spectator sees only a series of visible impulses. Ours then is a via negativa - not a collection of skills but an eradication of blocks."
- Jerzy Grotowski