Workshops in Autumn 2019

I’m thrilled to announce the two up-coming workshops I’m leading. Both deal with the themes that have been at the core of my artistic life: connection and presence. I believe and know that they transform the way we communicate with one another in a theatrical space. So, let’s practice together, shall we? 😊 The details are below. Register early. Hope to see you there!

1. The Body That Speaks 

Dates and times: 
August 5-8, Mon, Wed-Thu, August 12 & 14, Mon & Wed, 10:00-15:00

Place: Haapaniemenkatu 6, Theatre Academy, room 709

Course Fee: 170,00 €, for student 140,00 €

Objective and content: 
In this course, the student will learn the basics of a few physical training methods: Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Viewpoints, and Hino Method (a method based in classic Japanese martial arts) to build the corporeal foundation for greater expressivity and connectivity on stage. The key words in learning are Listening, Focus, Stillness, Sensitivity, Drive and Attitude. Through careful, diligent practice, the student will develop an invaluable asset as a performing artist, the body of presence.

Credits: 2 ECTS given by Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulu (Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki)

More info and registration: https://www.kesayliopistohki.fi/en/kurssit/kategoria/art-and-motion-en/theatre-and-drama-en-12901/?show=future

Suzuki Method

2. The Body of Presence- corporeal inquiry into the mysterious core of performing arts 

Date and Time:

20.9 (Fri) 18:00-21:00

21.9 (Sat) 10:00-17:00 (including 1h lunch break)

22.9 (Sun) 10:00-17:00 (including 1h lunch break)

Place: Teatteri metamorfoosi / Point Fixe (Suvilahdenkatu 10 A 408, 00500 Helsinki

Fee: 149€

Registration: https://www.metamorfoosi.com/koulutus/ilmoittautumislomake-registratio/#token-234781

DESCRIPTION
“Presence” is necessary for a performer on the stage. It is something that gives substance and depth to the experience of the audience. And yet, presence is one of the most elusive, hard-to-grasp concepts if we try to define exactly what it is. And it is often mixed with the natural talent and ability of the performer; it’s a matter of having it or not having it.

In this workshop, however, we approach presence as a practicable element in physical training. Is there any corporeal focal point(s) that contributes to stronger presence? If so, how can we improve or develop them with our bodies? We will be using two methods (Suzuki Method and Viewpoints) as the main tool to investigate what it takes for a performer to be present on the stage. Also Hino Method will be used as a supplementary tool to investigate the body itself. The participants will gain personalized embodied knowledge about presence that is applicable to their respective fields. 

Previous experience in those methods is recommended but not necessary. Wear movable clothing. Bring water bottle. 

Brief description of the methods
Viewpoints is an improvisational technique of movement originated by an American choreographer Mary Overlie and later adapted to theatre by Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, and SITI Company. The technique provides inspiring and yet practical vocabulary to investigate and explore time and space in a performative setting and allows ensemble performing to happen quickly and organically.

Suzuki Method of Actor Training is a physical training system for actors founded and developed by a Japanese theatre director Tadashi Suzuki (1939- ) and his company Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT). This rigorous method brings better concentration, breath control, and energy production to those who practice it. Its ultimate purpose is to restore the innate expressivity in the performer’s body.

Hino Method is a physical training method developed by a Japanese martial arts master Akira Hino (1948- ). The method is rooted in in Hino’s study of the essence of Japanese classic martial arts. It is about developing the body to its full potential without relying on muscle strength and refining bodily intelligence. 

Viewpoints
Hino Method

Coming up: “Kunnioitus- Respect”

This coming autumn, I will be performing in a dance theatre project called “Kunnioitus- Respect.” We’ve had several workshops in May to explore the concept and try out some choreography and improvisation. Now we’re on summer break and will resume working in August.

The subject matter “respect” fascinates me in its complexity and political, cultural weight in the current Finnish society and the world at large. As an immigrant artist who moved from Japan to Finland, I often struggle with the ideal of respect that everyone should have his or her own place in the world to be who he or she is without being disregarded, humiliated or mocked by others. It’s just not enough to demand respect from others and push one’s own identity or ideology forward. To me, that’s like building an ivory tower for oneself where no one can visit. Respect is a relational word, which means that we cannot talk about it or do something about it without reaching out to the other side. At the very least, respect plays a key role in human relationship of any kind.

So, I’m excited to ponder deeper on it with other artists through our bodies on the stage. No idea how it will turn out to be as a performance. But it will surely be a whole new experience for me on many levels!

There will be only 5 performances. Mark your calendar now and book your tickets soon!

photo by Ari Kauppila

Kunnioitus- Respect

Käsikirjoitus, ohjaus, koreografia, projisoinnit/ Script, Direction, Choreography, Projections: Tuomo Railo

Esiintyjät/ Performers: Jonna Eiskonen, Sibiry Konaté, Tuomo Railo, Emerson Santos, Yuko Takeda

Pukusuunnittelu/ Costume design: Timjami Varamäki

Valosuunnittelu/ Lighting design: Pasi Pehkonen

Valokuvat ja videot/ Video and photos: Ari Kauppila

Kesto/ Duration: 60 min.

Ikäsuositus/ Recommended age: yli 13 -vuotiaille/ Above 13 years old

Paikka/ Place: Espoon kulttuurikeskuksen Louhisalissa/ Louhi Hall at The Cultural Centre Of Espoo

Ensi-ilta/ Primeire 15.10.2019 klo 19

Muut esitykset/ Other shows:

la 9.11. klo 19

su 10.11. klo 15

ma 9.12. klo 19

ti 10.12. klo 10 (KULPS-esitys)

Liput/ Tickets 15 / 29 €

Osta lippusi nyt!/ Buy your tickets now! https://holvi.com/shop/glimsgloms/

Lisätiedot/ More info: http://www.glimsgloms.com/glims—gloms-kunnioitus—respect.html