April 4th → 8th , 2022
BOULDER, Colorado, USA
A Pedagogic Seminar
exploring and processing the impact of the pandemic
on our Poetic Body
and on the Teaching Field
The Plague Doctor, Paul Fürst, 1656 (coloured version)
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit very hard the field of live arts and of education. In particular, our work of physical theatre teachers and practitioners has been forced into a suspended time and space that has lasted for many months.
Not only the periods in lockdown have made the work impossible, but the daily reality of face masks, social distancing, the fear of contact and contagion, have turned any live interaction into a potential danger. Many classes, workshops, training programs, just vanished. Others had the only option of moving online, in the attempt to survive.
We are still in it, though the pandemic tide is receding, and we are slowly getting used to live with it. A lot has been lost, and the grief for this loss is a deep and painful experience that we all share. This pandemic has provoked massive transformations in the practice of live theatre, pedagogy, and in general, in education. Some of these transformations are here to stay.
This highly experiential seminar is a pedagogic creation that wants to offer a gathering space and time for physical theatre teachers to regroup, reflect, recover. To play and laugh and feel and cry and curse and swear and howl and play more. A healing gathering for wounded teachers and hungry playful humans.
The seminar will combine theoretical conversations with practical exercises, tapping into the wisdom of physical theatre, in a collective attempt to under-stand and process the massive shock that the pandemic has brought to our physical, emotional and poetic body.
Participants will be welcomed to share their experiences as teachers trying to survive during the pandemic, sharing their insights and discoveries, their creativity, their resilience, their successes and their despair in the attempts to keep practicing in such challenging times.
Play will be our guide.
A PEDAGOGIC SEMINAR
A WORKSHOP is essentially a practical exploration of an art. The focus is on the active experiential practice, with very little theory, always related to the unfolding of the exercises.
In a SEMINAR the practice is integrated with a strong focus on the THEORY that stands behind it. This creates a space of reflection and intellectual elaboration: a field of discussion, analysis, examples, questions and synthesis. It gives food for the mind, references, history of ideas, articulation of principles. And a space to elaborate the emotional dimension of the process.
This seminar will include different ingredients:
– Practical exercises
– Pedagogic analysis of exercises
– Lectures on pedagogic theory
– Sharing of pedagogic experiences of the participants
– Discussion on the questions from the participants
– Exploration of the emotional life of the pedagogic process
– Pedagogic practice in groups
Here are some of the themes that will be addressed
– The loss of physical contact and the loss of the body.
– Contact and contagion: when fear is in the field.
– Embodiment deficit disorder: anxiety, depression, addiction, euphoria and other pandemic states for teachers and students.
– The migration online: what can be taught, what can’t be taught, what should not be taught.
– The Virtual Physical: an option or a big cheat?
– Budgets, finances, survival and the market of surrogate pedagogy.
– The pedagogic survival and the difficult and precious art of dying.
– Death as a Trickster.
– The teacher as a Trickster.
Death and The Fool (1839) by Hieronymus Hesse. A reproduction from the Dance of Death in Basel painted in the 14th century.
– Play, play play: games for post pandemic players.
– The pandemic field as a state of alert.
– Theatre as a ritual of collective ecstasy: the return of the chorus.
– Flocking as collective trance.
– Expression, excitation, excitement, jubilation: the somatic of Joy, Fear, Anger and Sadness
– The staging of the pandemic: social distancing, face masks, lockdown, remote learning, online teaching, as seen by Clowns, Bouffons, Grotesque Characters, Melodramatic Lovers or Tragic Heros
– Theatrical territories that can hold the intensity of the pandemic experience: the virus as a Bouffons, the Virus as a Grotesque Character, The Virus as a Clown.
– States of play, states of consciousness and states of awareness.
This workshop is addressed to theatre practitioners with previous experiences teaching movement based theatre.
The training will take place in Boulder, Colorado, at the BOULDER CIRCUS CENTER. Most classes will happen indoors, and, depending on the weather, some sessions will happen outdoors.
The workshop is an intensive 5-day Masterclass, from Monday April 4th to Friday April 8th, with the following schedule:
Monday April 4th: 9:00am to 3:30pm
Tuesday April 5th & Wednesday April 6th: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Thursday April 7th: 9:00am to 3:30pm
Friday April 8th: 9:30 to 5:30
HOW TO APPLY
There is no application form.
To apply please email a letter of motivation
Please include in your letter a short bio and your experience with teaching movement-based theatre.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
The coronavirus crisis has provoked a significant upset in the livelihood of many theatre practitioners, so the tuition is following a sliding scale approach. The sliding scale wants to acknowledge the difficult moment we are facing and the vital urgency we all feel to practice our art and to support each others and the Poetic Field.
If you choose to pay on the the higher side of the scale you are supporting those who have been more seriously affected, as well as supporting Giovanni’s work and research with the Helikos School.
If you need to choose the lower end of the scale you are allowing support to be shared. We are in this pandemic together and together we need to care for the poetic garden.
Please indicate in your application the amount that you choose to pay.
Early Bird Tuition: Sliding scale from US$400 to US$550. If full tuition is paid by March 5th.
Full Tuition: Sliding scale from US$500 to US$650. If tuition is paid after March 5th.
Once accepted, to confirm the enrollment, a deposit of $200 is due.
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. Once the application is accepted, spots in the class will be given in the order the application was received.
The class will be confirmed as soon as it reaches 8 participants.
The maximum number of participants is 22.
Please note that the tuition does not include accommodation and that participants will be responsible for organizing their staying in Boulder.
APPLICATION TIMING : by March 15th, 2022
Once the workshop will be confirmed, participants will receive a message containing further practical details about the workshop, as well as the details of the anti-covid health and safety regulations that the group will have to comply with.
The workshop will be taught in ENGLISH and a basic understanding of this language is required.
INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS
For further information about the content of the workshop and for applications, please contact Giovanni Fusetti at
A SAFETY MESSAGE IN TIMES OF PANDEMICS
The training will happen in the rigorous respect of the Federal, State and Local anti-Covid guidance and restrictions, as well as the rules applied by the venue that will host the workshop.
All participants will have to agree in engaging with these rules.
Vaccination will be required for all people who are eligible. On the first day of the class, all participants will need to present the result of a COVID negative test (antigen test or PCR test), taken in the 48 hours before the start, and their valid Vaccination Card.
Upon arrival on the first day of the workshop, before entry, a rapid antigen tests will be provided to all participants, free of charge.
Face masks are required except during individual presentation of work, 12 feet away from the audience.
Given the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus global crisis, the training will be confirmed ONLY if the scenario will allow the safety necessary to travel and to practice in compliance with the health regulations. The final decision will be taken no later than March 15th, 2022. In case of cancellation, all paid deposit and tuition will be refunded.
See you in Boulder !