THE FIRST VOYAGE
The First Voyage begins with Nature. Wordsworth’s confident statement inspires Nature Poets. Through close observation of phenomena as well as passionate identification with what we perceive, the First Voyage of Embodied Poetics is a journey towards life and its movements big and small. We imitate what we love. Mimesis becomes a way of understanding rather than a style of movement. In the First Voyage, we don't focus on form, but on feeling: the reactions and images that arise from our experience of the world.
Movement analysis, physical improvisation and group devising are the mainstay of the curriculum. We use masks of different varieties: the neutral mask, big "larval" cartoonish masks as well as fine, expressive masks, abstract masks that are dynamic shapes, "found" masks - objects that surprisingly turn into masks. We begin to consider many things as “masks”, such as poetic texts, and most importantly, we explore the "mask" created by the body moving in relationship to the space.
THE SECOND VOYAGE
In the Second Voyage, we take Deleuze and Guattari’s prophecy of the New Earth as a central question: what is your theatre, the one love impels you to create?
The creator’s first response to the world is to create another one!
We make a grand tour of the “Geo-dramatic Territories,” Lecoq’s map of theatrical styles: the theatre of gesture; half masked comedy, epic storytelling, the tragic chorus, bouffons of mockery and mystery and the clown. These stylistic reference points are visited - not as a package tour - but as an invitation to further exploration. The actor-creator may find a home close to these ancient roads or use them to travel far beyond, into the wilderness of the uncharted imagination.
The proof is in the living. Maps and anatomical diagrams may predict outer and inner spaces, however the real experience of space unfolds in an entirely different way. As guides in a process of theatrical discovery, we set a course and assemble our materials, knowing that the real journey begins in the space together with you.