Event By: Theatre Guild of Ancon
Event Time: Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 7:00pm to Sunday, April 07, 2019 11:30pm
Event Location: Theatre Guild of Ancon, Panama City, Panama

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Theatre-maker, Artistic Director of three companies, co-founder of Improv8 and former Guildie (always a Guildie) Varoon P. Anand in association with The Theatre Guild of Ancón invite you to a series of workshops for actors, writers, directors or any artist. The focus of the four workshop is to go from a practitioner to a creator, an actor to a performer, a theatre director to a deviser.

Laban Movement Analysis – Advanced Characterization for Actors - 23/24 March
8 hours (2 Days 4 hours each) value $55
11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (with two 15 Minute Breaks)

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How do I stop making every character I play move like I do everyday? How can I get into character quickly and, even if I’m distracted, how do I get back into it?
Begin thinking of building a character looking at:

1. Direction
2. Weight
3. Speed
4. Flow.

Then Break these down further into Eight Efforts. Varoon will introduce a process to you that gets you thinking about different ways to move. Then with every character you play, you will have a different vocabulary to draw on.
Background on Laban Movement: Laban is named after Rudolf Laban, who was a movement theorist, a choreographer and a dancer. He is considered a pioneer of modern dance. For a long time Laban movement was primarily used for dancers and dance choreography to discover new ways to move. In the 80s and 90s, it began being used to help actors and improve performances.
Special Instructions: Please carry a bottle of water. Wear loose comfortable clothing (NO JEANS). Bring a snack. Please make the trainer aware of any physical conditions that might hamper your movement before signing up. This is a physical workshop where co-actors will be lifting, carrying and moving in tandem with elements of contact improv. If you are at all uncomfortable with physical contact with other actors or any special requirements please let the trainer know before signing up.

Space / Object Improv Workshop - 23/24 March
8 Hours (2 Days 4 hours each) value $55
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM (with two 15 minute breaks)

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Based on the work of Viola Spolin. This workshop will focus on:
- Creating and manipulating believable space objects
- Creating and inhabiting imaginary environments on stage
- Developing awareness of spatial relationships to our fellow players
- Producing compelling stage pictures for storytelling
At the end of this workshop, you should have a greater control on your mind in the moment, the accepting mindset to cooperate with your co-actors, and the calmness to take your time in scene work, along with tools to define the space of a scene.
Special Instructions: Please carry a bottle of water. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Bring a snack. Please make the trainer aware of any physical conditions that might hamper your movement before signing up.

Intro to Physical Theatre and Ensemble Work - 30/31 March
12 hours (2 Days 6 Hours) value $80
11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (with two 20 minute breaks)

Based on the teachings of Anna-Helena Mclean this workshop features dynamic, physical and musical exercise that draw on

• elements of GARDZIENICE training
• acrobatic partner exercises and counterbalance techniques
• the art of gesture with the hands, body & chorus
• polyphonic singing of indigenous world music
• dynamic speech work and physically charged text interpretation
• Physical landscaping

The training is applied to an exploration of archetypes in stories from around the world to generate original ensemble works of theatre. For this workshop we will use portions of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and Tirso de Molina’s Marta la piadosa (from Harley Eardman’s English translation).

Special Instructions: This is a physically demanding workshop. Please only sign-up if you dedicate time regularly to physical practice and are comfortable with physical contact and exertion. It is recommended that you carry no less than 2 liters of water per day and plenty of fruits. Any form of dairy is not recommended before you work so as to protect your voice. Please do not wear Jeans or formal wear. Loose, comfortable and a selectin of layers are recommended so you can adjust to feeling cold when you’re resting.

Introduction to Directing - 6/7 April
12 Hours (2 Days 6 Hours) value $80
11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (with two 20 minute breaks)

This 2 day intensive workshop will focus on:
1. The background and research work required before you start on a production
2. Condensing your approach to build a nuclear idea to build a production
3. Following a process to arrive at your aesthetic style for a production
4. Communicating and collaborating with performers effectively
5. A basic introduction to creating a proposal, calendar and budget for a production
We will use the script of Marta the Divine (Marta la piadosa) by Tirso de Molina (translated into English by Harley Eardman) as an example to design the specifics of your production. If you wish to use a separate script please share with the trainer before the start of the session.
Special Instructions. Please bring water, coffee and / or a snack. Please make sure you have writing implements and a large notebook as the majority of this workshop is discussion and taking notes. This is a differently-abled friendly workshop, please share any requirements you may have.

About Varoon:
Varoon P. Anand has been a theatre maker and performer since 2006, beginning his career as an actor with the Theatre Guild of Ancón. Varoon currently serves as the Artistic Director for Kaivalya Plays (a New Delhi based NGO focused on theatre performance and training), CueLess Improv (New Delhi’s most experienced Improv team), and El Clavileño (the Spanish language theatre team of the Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi). Varoon served as the Director of Productions for the Theatre Guild of Ancón for the 2008-2009 season, previous to which he co-founded the troupe Improv8. Varoon has trained in Spontaneous Improvisation with Danielle Miles (Fortetheatre UK), Saif Ali (Batlahouse theatre), Brad Anderson (Peoples Improv Theater PIT) and others focusing primarily on Viola Spolin’s teaching methodology. Varoon has also trained in several different forms including clowning (with Ashwath Bhatt), physical theatre, acrobatics and chorus work (with Anna-Helena Mclean), Laban movement training (with Gilles Chuyen), Impulse movement (with Mareike Franz), Theatre of the oppressed (with Akhila Khanna), Vocal performance (with Subhadra Kamath and Anant Dayal), directing (with Ignacio García) and many more. Varoon has more than 8 years of experience as an acting trainer to over 200 students in Delhi alone. Varoon also serves as the Cultural Manager of the Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi, teaches Spanish at the Institute and is the voice of several audiobooks including Chetan Bhagat’s Two States and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.



When & Where

  • Theatre Guild of Ancon, Panama City, Panama
  • Saturday,March 23,2019 from 7:00pm to 11:30pm
Theatre Guild of Ancon