Self-With-Others Ensemble Theatre Workshop with John Britton
Award winning UK physical theatre company, Babel Theatre, host world renowned teacher and director, John Britton, for a three-day introduction into his Ensemble Theatre practice ‘Self-With-Others’.
What to expect
The improvisation-based, ensemble training process was created by John Britton and used by performers across multiple performance disciplines around the world. Drawing on a number of fixed and semi-improvised training exercises, the workshop will take you into a profound encounter with your own needs, habits, blockages and unique strengths. The training emphasises liveness, spontaneity, daring and joy. The heart of the work is the pursuit of detailed pleasure in every moment of your work.
Some performance training/experience is preferred. Participants should be able and willing to work physically and in relationship with others. Suitable for performers from any discipline.
About John Britton
John is a director, writer, performer and teacher who works across the world to create original, interdisciplinary, live performance. Across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, he has written, directed and performed works in dance, theatre, circus, improvisation and which defy all categorisation
Since graduating from a Masters degree in the UK in 1988 he has specialised in physically-based work which emphasises presence, liveness, reactivity and connection. He is the Artistic Director of DUENDE – an international collaboration of performers dedicated to ensemble practices, and is the founder of The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre – a professional training organisation that brings his unique approach to performance training to groups of performers internationally.
He has directed and taught from grass roots to national level, including at India’s National School of Drama, Sweden’s Balletakademien, Colombia’s Javeriana Universidad and Australia’s National Institute of Circus Arts.
He is the author of Encountering Ensemble (Methuen 2013) and Climbing The Mountain (Leonora Press 2017).
“John Britton is an exceptional theatre maker and teacher… His training is grounded in a directorial practice that is rich and complex… Many of my students have encountered John’s ensemble work in different ways and they always return to class enlivened, inspired, enthused and hungry for more.” Paul Allain (Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Kent)
About Babel Theatre
Babel Theatre are an award winning UK Physical Theatre Company creating multi-disciplinary theatre that communicates the grey areas in life where language alone is insufficient. Led by Artistic Director Joseph Lynch, Babel are a New Diorama Graduate Company and Supported Artists at HOME manchester.
Joseph teaches movement and theatre-making at Drama Schools in the UK and internationally, and runs regular workshops in the UK. Over the next two years Babel will be inviting world-renowned practitioners to run workshops introducing their creative process in the UK.