Information about Workshops and Koufar-in-Motion Project

Project «Kufar-in-Motion». 22-27.09

September 22-27
Na Balkone Theatre, BSU (BSU main building, 4, Nezaliezhnasci Ave, Fl.5)

NOTE! Casting - 22:09 at 10 am!

The Project intends to stage a performance during the festival week with young actors from different groups, different countries. The result is to be presented at the Festival closing ceremony.

Handsome Dogs (J.Freeman after Euripides, B.Brecht, Ch. Mee and M. Mann).

Handsome Dogs is a full-length play, presented here as a condensed and episodic version. The play is part-cynical, part-romantic, part-optimistic, part-pessimistic. It is a play with few heroes, unless survival itself is heroic, and it is a play in which characters pass through experience without change. It's a play about war, but that's a masquerade that soon falls. It's really a play about love and secrets, desire, and death.

Leader: John Freeman (Great Britain)
Dr John Freeman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Head of Theatre and Associate Professor in Performance Studies at Falmouth University UK. He holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at Curtin University Western Australia and was formerly Reader in Theatre and Deputy Head for the School of Arts at Brunel University West London. He has written extensively on theatre, performance and creative education, published in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He was the founding editor of ‘Performance Practice’, the first UK journal to focus on practice-led research, and is currently regional editor for the New York-based

Duration: 6 sessions x 180 min each
Note: Approximately 5 men and any number of women. Observers allowed.
No language restrictions.

Workshop. THE TRUST AND LOVE IN THE ACTOR: exploring the love-relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

September 23
BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)

As part of the Festival programme "Shakespeare. Revisit" we offer you to experiment with the famous characters and lines of a very well-known work, and thus develop acting skills. You need to read "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare in your own language and take the text with you.

MASTER: Marzia Tedeschi (Italy)
Actress. She graduated in Theatre and Performimg arts in Rome. She studied acting with American teachers of the method Strasberg among other Greta Seacat, Geraldine Baron and Marilyn Fried. In Berlin she?s been attending Acting Classes with Mike Bernardin and Greta Amend. Her performance "Clan Macbeth" attended many festivals, latest is the Midtown International Theater Festival in Manhattan, New York. She played in short films including "Ein Bad voller Tranen" shot in Darmstadt 2014 and “Life is an Illusion” by Massimo Amici, shot in Los Angeles. For her interpretation in the movie “For Bread Alone” (Al Hubz Al Hafi- Il Pane Nudo) directed by Rachid Benhadj, she’s been awarded as 'Best Actress' in San Francisco, Tiburon International Film Festival, in Rotterdam Arab Film Festival and BAFF Festival, Italy.

Duration: 1 session õ 180 min
Note: 14 participants maximum (7 men and 7 women). Observers allowed. Comfortable clothes.
In English with translation.

Workshop. Acting between theatre and film: the performativity of the instant

September 24
BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)

Through the Meisner Technique of acting and its update within the context of Performative Theatre, the workshop works important technical features for the actor in this theater-cinema border. Skills such as listen, respond and react spontaneously. And also to develop a personal presence which allows the execution of the gesture within imaginary circumstances. From practical exercises and improvisations, the workshop will introduce the concept of opaque actor: potential of silence, mystery, microperceptions, ambiguity and presence.

MASTER: Rodrigo Fischer (Brazil)
Works in the theatre for over 15 years as an actor, director, teacher and light designer. He develops a hybrid research on the interface film and theatre, using new audiovisual language and technologies and its appropriation to the stage. PhD in Performance Art with a research about John Cassavetes and its poetic relationship between the theatrical and cinematographic spaces focusing on acting.

Duration: 1 session õ 180 min
Note: up to 20 participants. Observers allowed. Comfortable clothes.
In English with translation.

Workshop. Contemporary art in scenography and scenography in contemporary art

September 25
BSU Lyceum (8, Ulianauskaia St.)

In his newspaper article "Appeal for an Alternative ", Joseph Beuys wrote, "Before considering the question "WHAT CAN WE DO”, we have to look into the question "HOW MUST WE THINK?". Take a sheet of paper! No, not a blank one! Let an abstract stain on it become your idea, your drawing soon. You are not just an artist, you are an artist in the theatre - you already have what a director started before you... This workshop will talk about similarities between contemporary art and scenography, about interaction and resistance.

MASTER: Tamri Okhikian (Georgia)
Artist. Stage designer. She graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, studied painting, graphic design, stage design. Since 2010 has been active in various theatres of Georgia (plays "Yellow Days", "Theatre", "Confession", "Romeo and Juliet", "June 31", "The King", "The Cherry Orchard", "Japanese Fairy Tale", "Hamlet", “War in My Garden"). Since 2003 participates in various exhibitions (photography, painting, installation, video, performance). In 2011 participated in the Prague Quadrennial.

Duration: 1 session õ 180 min
Note: 20 participants. Observers allowed.
In Russian with translation.