Dorcy Rugamba Workshop:
1. The Body of the Actor as a Material
Very often, the body of an actor or a dancer stands out on the stage better than others and one sees only him, as if he were exposed to a grand light while his peers stay in the dark. His face, his look, all dazzle, even when he stands still. The actor’s body is filled with his whole being. It is then said that he makes a large presence on stage. In the jargon of Rwandese dance, his body is called “ikibiri”, literally “a big skin” which means that the dancer’s body is dilated.
This part of the workshop will be about the presence on stage. The goal is to help the actor develop a clear conscience of his body in its singularity. This conscience will be achieved by ways of feelings and not rationality. This in way for each trainee to appreciate the plastic potentials of his body and how he can use them to create a poetic universe.
In the beginning we will work with each participant, and starting by simple movements, to execute full gestures in order to create living and moving sculptures. This will be done both individually and in groups.
Secondly, we will work on physical interpretation of rhythmic sentences. We do this by using the body on stage as a music instrument.
2. Creation of “Dramatic Situations”
We will go to the town of Spoleto to do an exercise of observation. Based on people we met and observed in their respective environments of lives, we will create avatars, and imagine several dramatic situation of two or three characters.
The goal of this workshop is to put each participant in position to write, interpret and direct a short scene of theatrical moment to present to the rest of the group towards the end of the workshop.
We will debate on each scene during their creation in order to establish whether we understood what each director wanted to tell us; whether created universe, invented situations are clearly for everyone.
Together we will try to understand what works better and what works less and why. We will keep in mind that participants come from different cultures. Thus, they enrich us with their different ways to interpret signs and symbols.
This august in Italy, Spoleto