The, Actor - Chorus - Text ‘ACT international workshop 2021 '
The Assembly: A 10 Day Voice and Performance Residency Directed by Anna-Helena McLean with guest facilitation by Dr. Konstantinos Thomaidis
ACT ASSEMBLY 2021 A THEATRE AND FARMING RETREAT GENOA, ITALY hosted by Moon Fool in collaboration with Centro Anidra, Eco-village and holistic centre Guest speakers include Demetris Zavros Assisted by Robert Schein-Bogdanov 18-29 AUGUST APPLICATIONS OPEN UNTIL 29 JUNE EARLYBIRD DEADLINE 14 FEB ONLY £1,200 (gbp) before May 5th 2021 Erasmus + applications welcome (early booking necessary)
An incredibly freeing and empowering experience I will be taking away the real meaning of embodied knowledge, and how the spine plays an integral role in healthy vocal production The seamless transitions from breath into singing into text is incredibly useful
* * * Join a 10-day inter-disciplinary actor-training residency in Genoa, working alongside diverse artists from all over the world. The training will provide participants with a deep insight into the core aspects of Anna-Helena McLean’s internationally renowned Actor-Chorus-Text (ACT) methodology: The training will cover: Embodied Breathwork | Ensemble Balance | Musicality & Listening | ‘Mutuality’ partner work | Extended Physiovocal work | Choral Singing | Chorus work & Devising | Musical Dramaturgies
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Participant feedback 2019
I found a greater understanding of how musical structure transcends into breath and animate physical life I found the abandonment and flow I had been searching for I have increased confidence in myself as a performer and vocalist * * * “McLean's work as an actor trainer shows the honest process behind the company's stunning theatrical pieces. She brings powerful transformation to students conducting them into the deepest expressive parts of themselves through intense physicality and play, ceaseless attention to ensemble, vocal release, and impulsive bravery. Her Actor-Chorus-Text work is immediate, inclusive, effective and unforgettable". Dexter Bullard Head of Graduate Acting, DePaul University * * * As participants you will receive: · Minimum 5 hours contact time per day · The opportunity to co-create a shared work in progress for the public · 2 days guest instruction by Dr. Konstantinos Thomaidis, Senior lecturer in Theatre at the University of Exeter and author of 'Theatre & Voce' (Macmillan) · Skype-in seminars with prominent figures researching 'musical dramaturgies', 'queer voicing' and the 'composer-director' including Demetris Zavros (Uni of Wolverhampton) · The opportunity to live as a company with actors, musicians, performing artists and researchers from around the world · Time for reflection, discussion, and exploring the locality (beach/boat trips and local trekking) · 12 hours of farming spread over the 10 days in organic compliment to the arc of the residency · Opportunity to live close to nature solo camping/communal camping or in heated bungalow accommodation, complete with 3 home-made meals a day (all dietary requirements provided for) · Daily practice with the Anidra Centre leaders in Oriental Martial Arts · Question time and discussion with the Anidra Centre President Paolo Bendinelli plus a tour of the 25 acre grounds · A certificate of participation by the Anidra People's University, Borzonasca · Fresh waterfall suitable for swimming only 5 minutes walk · On site masseuse and Finnish Sauna (reduced rates) · Professional photography - head shots, action shots of workshop, portfolio (reduced rates) with a collaborating professional film artist · Bar and a la carte options available · On-site childcare/homeschooling (reduced rates) · Facilities for accommodation upgrade and inviting guests to stay (costs apply) The residency will culminate in a public sharing as part of the co-creative process of devising and training. The presentation is anticipated to take place at 4.30pm on 28th August followed by a fiesta open to friends and visitors. We are looking for: · Diverse performers of all backgrounds interested in: acting; flow psychology; singing; embodied voice and voice work; physical theatre; music theatre; psychophysical acting practices; international/intercultural arts exchange; ensemble theatre; immersive theatre; women in devising; feminist, queer and intersectional practice as research; artist parents; post-Grotowskian laboratory research as practice; intimacy coordination; laboratory practices; inclusive practices.
* * * How to Apply: Please send a CV and cover letter to ACTanidra@gmail.com outlining why you want to take part. People of all backgrounds, ages and abilities are welcome to apply*. The work will be conducted in English.
The venue is not entirely wheelchair accessible and the grounds are rural. *LGBTQ+ individuals included in the equal rights policies (available on request) * * * Fees: £1,550 (gbp) for shared bungalow accommodation Deadline 29 June All fees include 3 meals/day plus snacks for 10 days (catering for all diets) Earlybird offers are available until May 5th £1,200 (gbp) own tent £1,250 (gbp) communal tent £1,350 (gbp) shared bungalow
Solo rooms and upgrades available at an additional charge
Centro Anidra is an Erasmus+ organisation. Please request an interview via the SKYPE id:giulia.siffu We are happy to support visa and funding applications. If you are a parent looking to bring a partner or your child/ren alone then please email for more options and special rates sharing childcare/home-schooling in situ
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Participant feedback 2019
I enjoyed the night rehearsal and the magic that was made between us all. I found myself stepping up in a way I would never have been bold enough to do in the past
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Anna-Helena McLean is studying for a PhD in Performance Practice at Guildhall School of Music & Drama pursuing research into ways to feminize the post-Grotowskian laboratory. She was a principal of the Gardzienice theatre company in Poland (2000-2007), and toured as the title role in Electra (Barbican BITE 06). She was also musical leader in Metamorfozy and Orkiestra Antyczna and personal assistant to the director Wlodzimierz Staniewski, running workshops worldwide. After 6 years working with The Awake Projects, Ensemble, Love Orchestra and Youth company in Sweden (2006-2012), she founded Moon Fool International Theatre & Music Exchange in 2010. As a freelance musician, composer, lecturer, voice coach and actor, her credits include Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III (West End/Broadway/BBC) and Ensemble/Classical Text director at Royal Conservatoire Scotland. She is currently collaborating on two key Tract and Touch projects, Resonant Tails - bringing extended voice work to children with profound disabilities, and Wig Show while leading a Song and Shakespeare course for Rose Bruford College www.moonfool.com
Guest facilitator, Konstantinos Thomaidis:
The key focus of my research is the development of the interdisciplinary field of voice studies. To this aim, I have co-founded and edit the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies and the Routledge Voice Studies book series. In 2015, I co-edited Voice Studies: Critical Approaches to Process, Performance and Experience (Routledge), a book that has been described as ‘a much-anticipated and highly useful collection of essays … enriching our understanding of vocal expression and the possibilities that a burgeoning field of voice studies has to offer’ (Twentieth-Century Music, Cambridge Journals). I recently completed Theatre & Voice (Palgrave Macmillan/Springer 2017) and the co-edited volume on Time and Performer Training (Routledge 2019). Alongside voice, my main research interests are performer training, sound-based theatres and movement for actors. From 2013 to 2016, I was one of the convenors of the Performer Training Working Group at the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA).
I have worked as an actor, director, choreographer and musician in Greece, Poland, Germany, the UK and the US. Recent positions have included: Head of Movement for Opera in Space (London; ACE-funded), Associate Artist of Experience Vocal Dance Company (NYC & London) and core member of Waving not Drowning (Grotowski Institute, Poland & London). I am the Artistic Director of Adrift Performance Makers.