The, Actor - Chorus - Text ‘ACT international workshop 2021 '
A 10 Day Voice and Performance Residency Directed by Anna-Helena McLean with guest speakers and contributors
“McLean's work as an actor trainer 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." Head of Graduate Acting, DePaul University
ACT INTERNATIONAL 2021 A THEATRE AND FARMING RETREAT GENOA, ITALY hosted by Moon Fool supported by Antonella Tarditi, directing leader of the eco-village and tourist centre in Italy Assisted by Robi Bogdanov-Schein 18-29 AUGUST APPLICATION PROCESS ENDS 29 JUNE
NOW £1,600 (gbp) full board before June 29th subject to availability. Highly recommended candidates may be eligible for a subsidised place subject to t&c's.
This will be a COVID-secure event with the cooperation of all artists involved Health and Safety Risk Assessment and Policy available on request
"THE ACTOR-CHORUS-TEXT WORK IS IMMEDIATE, INCLUSIVE, EFFECTIVE AND UNFORGETTABLE" DEPAUL UNI
* * * 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) Ensemble Practice and introduce aspects of Anna-Helena's latest research into 'feminising' actor/voice training in the post-Grotowskian laboratory tradition: The training will cover: Embodied Breath work | Ensemble Balance | Musicality & Listening | ‘Mutuality’ partner work | Physio vocality and the extended voice | Choral Singing | Chorus & Devising | The Relational Actor | Musical Dramaturgy
This year's residency will be working to develop the themes of partnership, identity and the environment by drawing inspiration from works by female authors including Virginia Woolf. The residency culminates in a sharing open to invited guests.
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Participant feedback in 2019
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 * * * 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 (28th Aug) · Guest instruction by Dr. Konstantinos Thomaidis, Senior lecturer in Theatre at the University of Exeter and author of 'Theatre & Voice' (Macmillan) subject to participation numbers · Virtual seminars with prominent directors and researchers in the field of Feminist Tools in Performance Practice · The opportunity to live in the rural set eco-village and farm in Northern Italy alongside 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 hands-on farming spread over the 10 days in organic complement to the arc of the residency · Opportunity to live close to nature solo camping/communal camping or in shared heated bungalow accommodation, complete with 3 home-made meals a day (all dietary requirements provided for) using home-grown and local organic products. · Q & A with the eco-village and centre founding director, Antonella Tarditi plus a tour of the 25 acre grounds with its expert keepers · A certificate of participation from the ACT Ensemble Research and Moon Fool Organisation · Fresh waterfall suitable for swimming only 5 minutes walk · On site masseuse and Finnish Sauna (reduced rates) · Bar and a la carte options available · On-site childcare/forest school options (reduced rates with early booking) · Facilities for accommodation upgrade and to invite guests to stay (costs and COVID regs apply) The residency will culminate in an open workshop/presentation as part of ACT's organic process of devising, training, reflecting and sharing. The presentation is anticipated to take place at 4.30pm on 28th August followed by a fiesta open to (COVID compliant) friends and visitors. Accommodation can be booked for guests in advance.
All and any attendees will be expected to have a negative COVID-19 test two days before joining and expected to follow up-to-date social-distancing and hygiene protocol as recommended by the project hosts and national government. These updates will be shared via WhatsApp and on the Health and Safety Policy accessible to all participants.
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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
* * * We are looking for: · Diverse performers of all backgrounds interested in: acting; 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; the relational actor; collaborating with/as artist parents; the post-Grotowskian laboratory; models of female leadership; intimacy coordination; 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. *LGBTQIA+ individuals included in the equal rights policies (available on request)
COVID-19 related risk assessed policy (available on request)
The work takes pace in a rural, mountainous setting. All ages and abilities are welcome with the nature of the location in mind. Please enquire with any health concerns in advance. * * * Fees: £1,600 (gbp) for shared, heated bungalow accommodation Deadline 29 June All fees include 3 meals/day plus snacks for 11 nights (catering for all diets)
One place available at a concessionary rate to candidates coming highly recommended and with a strong application Solo rooms and upgrades available at an additional charge
The host location is an Erasmus+ organisation (until end 2021 only) 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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POST COVID-19 OFFER until 30th Nov **NOW CLOSED**
VALENTINE'S Deadline 14th Feb **NOW CLOSED**
Concessionary rates end on 5th May **NOW CLOSED**
Concessions includes anyone securing funding or reductions for groups of 3 or more (all subject to strong applications and with finances cleared by 5th May)
The generous sale rates are only made possible by upfront payments processed by the deadline stated and confirmed (or in process) travel and health insurance.
Participants can lay down a deposit of £500 to secure the remaining places at the full price of £1,600 (gbp) for shared, heated bungalow until deadline 5th May
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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 Ph.D. 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 working freelance as a cellist in the Phosphera Duo (with Rachel Dawson and Lossenham Project) and composing for Dan Horrigan Productions www.moonfool.com
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.