Expanse Workshop Series

The First Two Days: Utility, Respect, and the Right Brain with Ross Manson

February 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

In every process, the beginning is vital. This is an introductory workshop exploring how to take those first few steps, while focusing on three principles of practice: Utility, Respect and the Right Brain. This approach to practice covers process strategy, conduct while in rehearsal, and recent discoveries in neurology. Volcano Artistic Director Ross Manson (BSc Biology and MA Theatre Studies) will look at approaches he has developed for both theatre creation from the ground up (dance theatre, opera theatre, multi-disciplinary performance), and within the more traditional framework of directing an already-written play. How do you initiate a process? What questions do you need to address? What are the alternatives in taking a cast deep into the work? When is discussion useful, and when not? How does a director bring a team onto the same page, and inspire them to be creative, but within a trajectory that fits the project’s needs? All of these questions feed especially into the first two or three days of work, and the groundwork laid here will define the process. This class is designed for theatre and performance makers, and directors. It is taught by Ross Manson, who has built performance works that have travelled to three continents, and have been recognized with over 70 awards or nominations at the local, national, and international level.

Open to all age levels. Experience in live performance – ideally professionally and/or at an advanced post-secondary level – is an advantage.

Move Up, Move Up

February 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Azimuth Performance Lab at Expanse presents
Move up, move up: Sharing diverse stories through Playback Theatre
February 9 at 11:30am 
in the Westbury Theatre

Move up, Move up invites us all to consider how we can move towards telling our stories that don’t often have the space to be shared or to move towards listening to stories in order to honour diverse voices. In this 2 hour workshop, participants are invited to experience playback theatre-based activities to embody and share stories. Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre that invites audience members to share stories from their lives, which actors reflect back using improvisation including movement, words, metaphor and music. The workshop is open to all levels of experience with theatre-based activities and people can choose the level of participation to which they feel comfortable.

Third Space Playback Theatre Edmonton is a group of diverse individuals committed to exploring the themes of intersecting identities through playback theatre in order to promote dialogue, community change, and social justice. We are committed to creating spaces of dialogue from a diversity of Indigenous and settler communities.

Michelle Buckle
Lebogang Disele
Paul Gareau
Lucy Lu
Shawn Tse
Philiana Wong

Enlivening The Peripheral In Text-Based Performance

February 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Azimuth Performance Lab at Expanse: Enlivening the Peripheral in Text-Based Performance
February 16 at 11am 
in the Westbury Theatre

A laboratory continuation guided by Amber Borotsik and Vanessa Sabourin based on their experiences in the rehearsal hall together where the text and the body wanna play together instinctually and in synchronicity. These sessions explore processes for combining a movement-based practice within the context of text-based performance. Methodologies used will be a mush of process and practice that have been built over 10 years of collaborations on theatrical performance where the body needs to speak its own sister language to the words coming out of the performers’ mouths. No need to have attended the first session!

Brain stuff.
Body stuff.
Mix it up stuff.
Jam on this together stuff.
Please come.