Scene Study

Physical Theatre, Scene Study. Paris 2012

Photo by Kasia Kozinski

Students learn to interpret and transform scenes taken from our existing workshop repertoire. These are scenes that reflect our shared social and often mundane experiences, but contain profound universal truths.

How do strangers behave when they are forced into an uncomfortable situation with each other?  This type of group scene forces us to discover new ways of communicating believably on stage beyond the use of words, with a mere glance, a gesture, a shift in weight, all ways to establish subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways of communicating.

How does a person behave when he/she is alone performing the everyday task of making breakfast? This type of slice of life scene can be mesmerizing to watch in its sheer simplicity (imagine Chantal Ackerman’s groundbreaking film, “Jeanne Dielman”).  Add something that goes wrong, a problem, and it can be turned into high comedy (imagine Jacques Tati or Charlie Chaplin).

How do we represent an entire lifetime in five minutes? Life Cycle pieces are as old as humankind and for good reason. They have the power to distill down to the bare essence what it is to be alive.

Workshop director, Keith Berger, challenges students to explore new characters and breath new life into these works to produce a resonant theatrical experience, indeed to create miracles on stage.


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