The Award for Best Director goes to Vasile Nedelcu for What Shall We Do With the Cello? - International Festival for Contemporary Drama, Sica Alexandrescu Theatre, Brasov. Vasile Nedelcu collecting his award from Alexa Visarion, with Dan Cogalniceanu. Photograph copyright Horia Petrescu.
Top Romanian theatre choreographer Malina Andrei arrived last week and has been working with (and on!) the cast for a few days. Here in rehearsal for "What Shall We Do With the Cello?" on Saturday 28 October - just one week to go before the special performances at Michael Hall School Theatre - we are giving one free show for the school in the afternoon, then the public pile in at 8pm (tickets £10 / £8 concessions - on the door or HERE
Phew! From Wednesday night to Saturday night, underground at the Vault Festival, we put on the long overdue UK Premiere of What Shall We Do With the Cello? by Matei Visniec and we sold out. AND we have great reviews - AND conversations have already started with venues/festivals. Here's one review, from the London Economic: http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/entertainment/arts/theatre-review-shall-cello/12/02/
Catch the Tailor, Simpkin the cat and all those naughty mice (not to mention the rowdy rats) at the Forest Row Festival this weekend. You'll find us in the marquee, 10.30am on Sunday 25 September. We have a fantastic band - Jonathan Truscott (violin), Gabriel (accordion) and Cristina (clarinet) - and of course Simpkin (Jacob Schortz) with his ukelele. Here we are, round at the director's house a few days ago, doing a quick run through of the songs with our new musicians.
Wow. 15 of us just had a tremendous and expanding two days working with designated Linklater teacher Ben Joiner. Our first workshop at the Atelier, a real mix of ages, experience, gathered and we all had our own threads that brought us into the workshop. The emphasis of Linklater's approach is on the removal of the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human voice; its objective is that the voice is brought into direct contact with the emotions, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it.
In just two days, every individual on the workshop made breakthroughs, regardless of what training if any had been undertaken previously.
"Freeing and liberating. Exactly what I needed, just when I needed it".
"Thank you for providing such an opportunity for exploring the body and how the vibrations work in it to enable sounds to be voiced. The contrast with the formality of my more usual experience during singing made it very special, as did the warmth of everyone present".
"Ben was very, very good."
What a great weekend. Feel thoroughly planted, rooted, renovated and ready to vibrate the world! And enjoyed "being a beast."
"Oh what a wonderful weekend - thank you, thank you. More please!
Atelier Theatre Studio is gearing up for a new production of Snow White, a family show to be opened early 2017, in our first solo production since we did The Lesson and The Chairs by Ionesco (we have been working with Pericles Theatre in between - watch out for more performances of The Tailor of Gloucester at the Forest Row Festival, 25 September).
We’ve just had a wonderful week with a star Romanian choreographer, Malina Andrei, working with the cast and now we are going to build on that work by running a two-day deep introduction to the Linklater approach - a way of liberating the natural voice rather than adopting a specific vocal technique.
Ben Joiner is one of the small but growing number of Designated Linklater Teachers worldwide ie taught by Kristin Linklater directly and approved by her - www.linklatervoice.com will tell you more about Kristin Linklater and her now legendary voice work.
Ben is an inspirational teacher and this workshop will be tremendous fun, stimulating, and the beginning of allowing your own natural voice out (it usually takes you by surprise) If you are interested in studying with Kristin on Orkney, this weekend is a brilliant and affordable way to dip a toe - or rather a whole foot - into the Linklater “Freeing the Natural Voice” before making a larger commitment.
Any age, or any background, and regardless of whether you have had any form of performance training or not, this is a really special two days. There are only 6 places available as the rest will be taken by the Snow White cast - if there is a strong takeup we will schedule another for later in the year.
Full details are here http://www.ateliertheatrestudio.co.uk/training-and-development.html