Create a game through mere improvisation, without rules, to amuse yourself and the people around you. Through different theatre techniques and games, participants are challenged to widen their self awareness in space. By tuning into the others, and playing with what they offer, a story can be told through action and reaction.
We start with a few games to get us and the participants on the same energetic level. Then with the help of centre improvisation and physical expression we create, and show at the same time, little improvised stories transmitted only through our body language. The participants can take from this experience what they wish, the workshop consists in training spatial awareness and stimulates the mind to free it's fantasy. Also it requires the ability to react fast and redirect the game. These are all very useful tools for stage performances. For others it can be an inspiration for games they can play with friends and family.
Suitable for: adults only
Duration: 120 minutes
Presenters: Benjamin Castelli and Johanna Bachmayr-Heyda
Ben Castelli, born in Italy, learned juggling skills and stilt-walking as a child (6-7 years old). He started to perform as a clown on the street in 2009. An exchange project with Cie Zoumba in St. Louis (Senegal) fused stilt-walking with local dances. He participated in various theater projects including a bicycle theater in eastern Europe (Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Hungary), giving stilt-walking and juggling workshops to children and youths, mostly in Orphanages and other social facilities. Then he started his own theater company in Serbia, called MagicTriiiiio. Since the beginning of 2013 he has been working actively as actor, musician and dancer in Germany's biggest action-theater company, antagontheaterAKTion, where he has concentrated his work on developing acrobatic stilt skills in couples or more.
Johanna Bachmayr-Heyda, born in Vienna (Austria) started her performing experience as a teenager. Alongside designing combustible wax sculptures for WAXART, she carried on creating her own dance and visual art performances in collaboration with others. Stilt-walking has become a major part in her work in antagontheaterAKTion.