Will & Co.’s workshops aim to initiate the participants to an embodied approach of Shakespeare’s plays. We also offer workshops on Acting Shakespeare, general introductions to Shakespeare’s Life & Times, and Teaching Shakespeare aimed at high school professors.
The Embodying Shakespeare workshops aims to provide basic tools to explore the possibilities and clues written into Shakespeare’s language. In this body-based approach, we work on the emotions that manifest through the text and into us, our partners and the audience. We go through the specificities of iambic pentameter and will put in practice the rhythm intimately connected to Shakespeare in several scenes. We also explore how the language of Shakespeare is deeply connected to the breath and the body. Working with free-flow movement techniques, we will uncover how to access and unlock different types of emotions, characters and scenes by using the rhythmic cues provided within the lines. By freeing the mind and concentrating on the body, we invite you to let Shakespeare’s language resonate in a vibrant and surprising way.
All the workshops are based on training Victoria Baumgartner acquired through her MA in Shakespearean studies, in her training for Acting Shakespeare at LAMDA, and on her ongoing practice with Kath Burlinson at the Authentic Artist Collective in the UK. For bigger groups or a longer stretch of time, Sam Veck or other actors of the company may join in giving workshops.
Some feedback on the Embodying Shakespeare workshops, from previous participants:
“The workshop used an approach based on the physical embodiment of emotions linked to the texts of Shakespeare. This approach was accessible for all levels. The trainers were very enthusiastic, open, insightful and a real delight! I really recommend for anyone wanting a truly felt experience of theatre to participate in the workshop. Thank you!!!!” – Nathalie
“Great passionate teacher giving good feedback. Well-thought warm up exercises and interesting small play focused on our body’s perception.” – Kevin
“It was a great expericence for me : in only one morning, I’ve had the wonderful occasion to deal with Shakespearian texts and my body, to mix them together and see how connected they were! Thanks for everything!” – Jérémy
For more information on workshops, contact us.