Workshop with Kenneth Spiteri

Mirramu Creative Arts Centre

Sunday 19 August 2018 from 9.30am to 6.30pm

$50 per person

Open to professional dancers, actors, choreographers, theatre-makers and any members of the community interested in theatre and performance. 

Workshop topics include:

  • The dramaturgy of space
  • Importance of ‘the image’
  • The Artist vs The Craftsman
  • Redefining story
  • Biography vs Archetype
  • Space as vessel
  • The dramaturge as mirror

Provisional timetable

  • 9.30am: arrival
  • 9.45 – 10.30am: movement warm-up
  • 10.45 – 1pm: dance-drama session
  • 1pm – 2pm: lunch – Participants are asked to bring a plate to share for lunch.
  • 2 – 4pm: dance-drama session
  • 4.30 – 5.30pm: dance-drama session
  • 5.30 – 6pm: Liz Showing of excerpts from Crone (a new dance solo)
  • 6pm – 6.30pm: Join us for a bowl of soup and discussion 

About Kenneth Spiteri

Kenneth has been working as an actor, dance dramaturge and theatre maker for 25 years.   Born in Australia, grew up in Canberra, studied theatre with institutions in Paris (Pantheatre and L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq) and in Germany (WIW Academy).

He has lived in Berlin for the most part of the past 10 years where he has worked with legendary theatre director Peter Zadek and the internationally acclaimed company Familie Flöz.  Most recently he has been in Malta working with the national theatre company Teatru Malta as a dramaturge/movement director as well as for Teatru Manoel as an actor in the lead role of the mainstage production of The Crucible.

Spiteri says, ‘I am looking forward to returning to the ACT and reconnecting with actors, dancers and theatre makers through this workshop.  In this one-day intensive I am looking to provide some simple improvisation structures that allow performers a platform to explore their work as individual artists or groups.

‘The work will respond directly to performance offers from the participants, be it movement based phrases, texts, songs or dramaturgical ideas that they would like to explore for the day.’

To enrol email eizabeth.mirramu@gmail.com

 

Book launch

tempestsOn 21 April Mirramu was host to the launch of Barbie Robinson’s poetry book: That looks on tempests – thoughts on the nature of love (published 2018, For Pity Sake Publishing Sydney).

A happy crowd assembled for drinks and chat in the grounds with wonderful catering by Bernadette Johnson.

The launch contained a number of performance elements including three beautiful dances by Mandy Tutalo and a rendition of one of Barbie’s poems by composer/musician Gabriela Cabral. It was a delightful event drawing on the magic of place and enabled by a team of wonderful helpers.

The book is available in Canberra at Harry Hartog’s Booksellers, Woden and online at http://forpitysake.com.au

Irish tour of Loch na hEala

Ireland

Touring with Teac Damsa’s Loch na hEala continued with six weeks in Dublin and regional Ireland. Yet another accolade came in the form of best contemporary dance choreographer (British Dance Awards 2018). Audiences responses continued to be very positive with standing ovations everywhere.

The weather was less kind with freezing conditions and snow as the Beast from the East met a storm front from the south west causing cancellations of two performances in Mullingar and confining the cast to barracks for two days.

The famous Abbey Theatre that is steeped in history and full of theatrical spirits, was a place of deep inspiration for our two-week season there.

Adelaide Walk of Fame

In January 43 degree heat in Adelaide Elizabeth was inducted into the Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame. There was an excellent morning ceremony attended by many of those represented in the Walk and an evening Gala concert with a great variety of entertainment. Great job Adelaide Festival Centre.

2018 new year greetings

Sadlers Wells photoNew year greetings  and heartfelt thanks for your continuing interest in our work.

Drawing breath and catching you up on our news – we know many of our Mirramu community have kept up with us but here is a little bit of light reading to bring you up to speed with our main comings and goings from late 2015 to the present.