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From Energy to Action

Tutor: Naomi Silman  
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date: Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 November 2017 

The art of the performer is concentrated in two essential elements: presence and action. Presence means something intimate, a pulsation that goes beyond and through all the scenic action. Action, as the rails of a train, is the structure where the performer's energy is revealed. Through the materiality of the action it is possible for the inner energy of the performer, his/her presence, to reach the spectator.

The workshop introduces the principles of LUME Teatro’s “energetic training” which leads participants to an immersion into the body – its sensations, qualities of energy and physicalities. In addition, a wide-range of practical exercises are proposed, covering fundamental elements of the actor’s craft such as generating and maintaining energy and presence, expansion and retention of impulses, precision, the dynamics of physical actions in time and space, articulations and body segmentation, the state of play and relation between performers, as well as the use of external stimuli such as music, images, objects and texts, which all lead towards the creation of a personal corporeal-vocal repertoire. 

About the tutor

Naomi Silman is a performer, clown and director and a permanent member of award-winning Brazilian physical theatre group LUME Teatro. Born in London, she got a first class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmith’s College and went on to develop her work with masters in physical theatre, clowning and butoh such as Philippe Gaulier, Jacques Lecoq, Sue Morrison and Tadashi Endo. In 1997 she joined LUME with whom she has travelled extensively throughout Brazil and around the world performing in over 20 countries, as well as teaching a variety of workshops that transmit the practices and daily corporeal-vocal training developed by LUME.   


LUME Teatro |  www.lumeteatro.com.br

Founded in 1985, LUME Teatro has become a world reference in the research of the art of the actor. The company has performed in over 27 countries, spanning four continents and developed partnerships with theatre masters from around the world. Winner of the Shell Award in 2013 for lifetime achievement, LUME Teatro have currently in their repertoire 10 shows in a variety of performative languages including physical theatre, clown, dance, Butoh, street theatre and large outdoor interventions. The company also maintains a strong teaching tradition sharing their extensive research into actor training through workshops, mentoring, technical demonstrations, international exchanges, theoretical reflection, book publications, lectures and itinerant projects that celebrate theatre as the art of meetings and encounters. LUME is also a funded research centre within the University of Campinas.