Workshop Katie Duck: “Music Theatre” For musicians / actors / singers / dancers / text artists / performance artist
I guide performers through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears affect movement choices. I set up exercises for the musicians, text artists and vocalist during the physical work to challenge their ability to create “a band” while being aware that space is shifting with bodies involved. Musicians and performers can choose to change roles in these exercises at any given time.
I extend the workshop towards improvisation sessions by setting a fictional front in the studio space and then declare this as a platform to choose pause, flow or exit. I highlight how the limit of these three choices can already provide the frame for a composition to take place, and that misunderstanding, coincidence, real time, interactivity, messiness, emotions, intuition, impulse and inspiration are basic in a creative process. These raw materials are integrated with the combined fact that everyone in the workshop group can make a choice. The improvisation sessions are given a delegated time frame with an option for the workshop group to shift, drop or lift the space at will.
The individual development of presence is a critical process in the workshop be it in music, text, movement, figure, object or vocals. I use games to set an example for building and dropping the tension in the music theatre space by way of an individuals presence with an emphasis on states of mind in performance, such as vulnerability and expressionism. Choice is introduced to the workshop group as a composition reality but also how it allows for individuals to elect to participate in the performative or as a viewer and yet remain involved in the process.
The aim is to gather the workshop group to recognise that, in a creative composition process, time is passing in different perceived speeds and that space is shifting in several dimensions at once. This awake fullness can promote individual performance presence, composition alertness and an appetite for creativity.
-Groups for making pieces, Tutorial and rehearsal schedules are established on the first day in the finale hour of Katie’s workshop.
-The order of pieces for the Saturday and Sunday evenings and the MC artists are established Thursday and given to the artists on the Friday for discussion and refining in the beginning of Katie’s workshop.
Tutorials: Tutorials are discussions with Katie and Melissa with each of the groups.
In tutorial we discuss the artistic vision and composition premise for each of the pieces. Questions involved in tutorial include: What is your relationship to public? Does one person lead the process or is it a collaborative leadership? How to limit ideas to an achievable objective so that there is liberty to expand and explore? What multidisciplinary aspects will be included in their event (music, dance, acting, singing etc)? What part of their compositions are set in time and what parts are in real time (improvised)?
Rehearsals: After tutorial appointments, each group will elect their rehearsal schedule, so they can place their ideas into practice, in the hours between 14:30 until 19:00, allowing for two to three hour slots Monday to Friday.
On the Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-16:00, there will be a technical rehearsal and run through of all the pieces with the MC performance artist, sound, lights and costume choices. There is another rehearsal period on the Sunday (in case anything is needed technically) from 10:00-13:00.
Advising: Advising takes place in the rehearsal processes with Katie, Melissa and Justin.
Advisers will come to the rehearsals giving the groups access to someone out side the process of their collaboration addressing questions in the group and general feedback about what they see in the practice. The advising sessions in rehearsals also allows for Kati and Melissa to have an over-view of all of the pieces so an order can be clarified for the performance weekend.
Performances: The Freakatoni Witchy Weekend performances begin on Friday (Mala Forma) 19:00, and then with participant pieces on Saturday at 19:00 and Sunday at 16:00.
Participant pieces are 10 to 15 minutes each. These evenings are divided into two sets with a break. Two to three pieces in each set. Each evening, five to six pieces.
A MC announces the names of the artist in a statement in action with a time frame relative to the technical set up. Some of the pieces will be weaved together without an MC announcement depending on what the rehearsal dictates on the Saturday rehearsal. The aim is to create a seamless evening for the public out of the diverse pieces by the artist participant’s.