Rooted in his own training with Jacques Lecoq, Jerzy Grotowski, Augusto Boal, Peter Brook and Mike Alfreds, his work travels around seventy countries. Working with the Ensemble members and their wide range of experiences, David has developed workshops that are practical and rigorous. They use ‘integrative learning circles’ to help students include what they already know into new ways of seeing, experiencing and reflecting. The Ensemble see learning not as an ‘outcome’ but part of a holistic process that grows throughout a creative life. Each workshop trains through five modes: Tools, Skills, Attitudes, Behavior and Quality of Person.
Teachers work in four modes: Directive, Coached, Facilitated and Delegated (Maynard Leigh)
Workshops can be designed around individuals and organisations needs.
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This course gives the participants a practical approach to physical theatre. Rooted in the body of the performer, emotion, physical metaphor and action become the key elements of the technique. The workshop focuses on the three emotional centres of the body, the basic grammar of movement, fixed points, the elements and the struggle of pushing and pulling. Beginning with élan (the French word for ‘life-fullness’), David will teach the performer how to have a greater presence on stage. Physical styles of theatre including Comedia de’ll arte, Melodrama and Realism will be touched at the end of the course.
Having led and created ensembles around the world, David has condensed his process into a number of highly practical modules to develop teams physically, emotionally and intellectually. Theatre groups and companies such as Gecko Theatre have used this workshop along with development organisations including the British Council and UNICEF.
Authentic Voice Workshop
Authentic voice focuses on two areas, firstly, the distinctive qualities and talents of the individual participants. The workshop helps unlock and reveal the particular ideas, concerns, feelings, images and narratives that are the bedrock of their creativity and potential. The second part of the workshop looks at how we engage these creative fragments with the world around us. How do we affect other people with who we are and what we want? Through a system of games, exercises and reflection the participants will gain greater confidence and awareness of their authentic voice and how to make this voice heard.
Devised theatre now sits at the heart of modern theatre practice. Here the actor as collaborative maker is central. The participants will explore the tools of eliciting, image making, emergence, story structure and theme, to develop skills in the creation of original and authentic theatre making. This is a must for any performer wishing to develop their own work. The participants will learn the fundamentals of Devised Theatre and will come away with tools and skills they can use immediately in creating work.
Lecoq has been one of the most influential teachers and schools in modern times. David works with a number of associates and ex-students of his school to deliver this workshop. It has been especially created to introduce the participants to the foundation elements of Lecoq’s training.
These include work of the body, undulations, mime, elements and tension work. The second part focuses on Neutral, Lava, and Comedia half mask. Finally the work of Melodrama, Buffon and The Clown is explored.
The Child Workshop
At the centre of David Glass’s teaching is the creative workshop on The Child. Developed over twenty years this workshop will take the participant on an extraordinary journey rediscovering the heart of their creativity. The workshop is split into two sections: A forum which will gently reveal the thoughts and gestures of our childhood out of which an archive is created, reflecting the qualities of the child in each of us. The second part is the physical rediscovery of early preverbal childhood and the role of games and fairy tales. Finally the last day is spent exploring group play, the bedrock out of which all the great struggles of human kind can be found.