RBC Emerging Artist Workshop Series

The RBC Emerging Artist Workshop Series at Theatre Junction GRAND

 

In the RBC Emerging Artists Workshop Series, visiting artists being presented in our season are invited to share some aspect of their unique creation process with the emerging and professional theatre, dance, music and visual arts community in Calgary through an intensive workshop. The RBC Emerging Artists Workshop Series exposes local artists to diverse artistic practices, strengthening the infrastructure for contemporary performance in the city of Calgary and infusing our local community with a global perspective that will help our homegrown artists remain at the forefront of their practice. Theatre Junction GRAND is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for emerging and professional artists in the practice of contemporary performance, collaborative creation and new forms. If you are a local emerging or professional artist, we invite you to attend.

THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP OF RBC, THEATRE JUNCTION GRAND IS PLEASED TO OFFER OUR WORKSHOPS TO ARTISTS AND INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE!

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The RBC Emerging Artist Workshop Series Presents:

LODHO - CBJ
Workshop with L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres // Creators of CABARET BRISE-JOUR (SHATTERED CABARET) – The music of Kurt Weill (Quebec City)
Presented by Theatre Junction
Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 // 2-5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

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Originally founded as a music ensemble in 2002 in Quebec City, L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres (LODHO) came to be over the course of various projects that catapulted their innovations into a makeshift interdisciplinary workshop. From these humble beginnings, L’orchestres d’hommes orchestres have evolved into one of Canada’s most important new performance groups, recently named by esteemed Canadian theatre-maker Robert Lepage as recipients of the 2014 Glenn Gould Prize, considered the ‘Nobel Prize of the Arts’ in Canada.

Join L’orchestre d’hommes orchestres on Saturday, April 12th for a special workshop in The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND!

Space is limited; please register in advance through our box office by calling 403.205.2922
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*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.
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Questions? Contact Erin Jenkins at erin@theatrejunction.com

Past 13.14 Workshops

El Rumor del Incendio

Workshop with Luisa Pardo and Gabino Rodríguez of Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol // Creators of  EL RUMOR DEL INCENDIO (RUMOUR OF FIRE) (Mexico)
Presented by Theatre Junction
Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 // 2-5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

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How does the political context of a country affect the questions being asked by its artists?

Established stage and screen actors in Mexico, Luisa Pardo and Gabino Rodríguez are also playwrights and directors. Their theatre is a reflection of their character – politically committed, rebellious and meaningful. Their projects combine research on the history of their nation with stories of private dramas, a merging of truth and fiction that gives power and finesse to documentary theatre. Their work tours across the world, including the prestigious Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and the Festival d’automne in Paris.

In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to engage with a deeper understanding of Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol’s process of research and creation in the construction of artistic projects that create meaningful political action that bring hope; ranging from theatre, to interactive blogs, to published books. Through this workshop, participants will engage in artistic cultural exchange, gaining a deeper understanding of the contrasts between what drives artists in places of peace and stability or in places of emergency and social chaos.

Alexis.

How to Transform Indignation into Action – a documentary theatre workshop with MOTUS // Creators of  ALEXIS. A GREEK TRAGEDY (Italy)
Presented by Theatre Junction
Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 // 2-5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

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How to transform indignation into action?” This simple and enormous question sent Italian theatre company Motus on the tracks of Antigone: a backward glance, listening to her radiant stubbornness, in order to reflect on the present.  Motus was founded in 1991 by Enrico Casagrande and Daniela Nicolò, who have always sculpted their projects like litmus paper, translating the contradictions of a culture and making them active material for reflection and provocation. Their creations have toured across the world and won numerous awards. Alexis. A Greek Tragedy is the company’s fourth production to contemplate the moral and political issues of Antigone, Sophocles’ eternal tragedy of resistance against power.

In this workshop, Motus founders Daniela Nicolò and Enrico Casagrande will introduce the theoretical context behind their creation of documentary theatre, through a methodology they have developed that transforms life-experiences into theatrical material. Building on this theoretical context, lead actress Silvia Calderoni will lead participants through exercises in collective physical action.

This workshop is open to emerging and professional actors, directors, playwrights, theatre artists and social activists.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

Seeds workshop

Docu-theatre – A workshop with PORTE PAROLE  // Creators of  SEEDS (Montreal)
Presented by Theatre Junction
Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 // 2-5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

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Montreal-based Porte Parole creates documentary theatre with the belief that live performance is an effective medium to engage citizens to become active participants in a dynamic community.For the past 12 years, they have created, performed and toured critically acclaimed plays that have opened up a unique civic arena in Montreal: one where spectators become active and engaged citizens through the transformative power of theatre. In this workshop, actor and Porte Parole founding member, Alex Ivanovici will discuss the process of creating documentary theatre that serves as a crucial link that has become sorely missing in our democratic chain – the space for discussion and active participation where each one of us inspired to participate in a political discourse. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the Porte Parole creative process, conducting interviews in the course of the workshop that will serve as source material for creating performance.
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This workshop is open to emerging and professional actors, directors, playwrights and theatre artists.
*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

TJ Lab workshop

Workshop with Mark Lawes & Theatre Junction’s Company of Artists (Calgary) // Creators of  TJ LAB #1: A work-in-progress presentation
Presented by Theatre Junction
RESCHEDULED  // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND
*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

Junkyard/Paradise
HERE and NOW or NEVER – A Workshop with Mélanie Demers (Mayday) // Creator of  JUNKYARD/PARADISE  (Montréal)
Co-presented by Theatre Junction & Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival
Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 // 2-4pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

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Established Canadian choreographer Mélanie Demers (founder of the Montréal-based dance company Mayday) is a leader nationally in the creation of contemporary dance. To date, Demers has been presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Her theatrical approach works with surrealistic resonances that have the impact of raw poetry.

Mélanie Demers’ workshops are designed in a way to create a territory where real meetings are possible. Tailored according to the context and the needs of the group, the classes become laboratories to experiment and risk in a safe environment. In this workshop, Demers will investigate the role of dance and art in society, aiming to provide a suitable playground for artists to explore  “inner mythology” and develop a creative process that comes from inside and reflects on the outside. Her work always begins with a conversation around difficult and personal topics that continue into a physical application of the ideas raised by such a discussion. Soon, guided improvisations take over and the process is set in motion. Demers’ workshops are conducted in a spirit of community and shared experiences, addressing the importance of the individual responsibility of the artists to connect with their creative potential and the appropriation of the movement and of the discourse. Here and now… or never.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.

This workshop is open to emerging and professional dancers.

PIPS:lab light drawing
Technology in Performance – An interactive workshop with PIPS:lab // Creators of  DIESPACE 3.0  (Amsterdam)
Co-presented by Theatre Junction & Beakerhead
Saturday, Sept 14, 2013 // 2 – 5pm // FREE*
The Studio at Theatre Junction GRAND

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Born in the underground party scene of Amsterdam, PIPS:lab is known throughout the Netherlands for producing raw, expressive, visually-stunning, interactive multimedia performances. Together they have developed a unique process where actors, audiences and technology meet. The performers of PIPS:lab are also technicians who develop their own software for the shows and installations they present across Europe.

In this workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to create their own artistic collaborations using the home-made technology of PIPS:lab. Beginning with an introduction to the ‘dogmas’ or performance theories that govern PIPS:lab’s creation process, participants will have the opportunity to work alongside PIPS:lab members with their self-created technology Lumisol (or ‘light painting’), a technique that makes it possible to draw with light.  The workshop will focus on developing skills around spacing (writing and drawing into a three dimensional environment), the use of color and various techniques, and how to convert these ideas into a performance.

This workshop is open to all emerging artists, particularly those with an interest in theatre (performers/directors/technicians), installation, visual art, new media and participatory performance.

*Thanks to the sponsorship of RBC and Stonecracker Scientific Law, we are pleased to offer this workshop free of charge.