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CPR Summer Shift 2003     

THE SUMMER SHIFT 2003
CPR International Programme of Workshops and Performances 10 June - 27 July 2002, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

Goat Island, the Internationally acclaimed performance group from Chicago; Les Kurbas the inspired voice and movement theatre company from the Ukraine, and renowned Mexican/American performance artist, Guillermo Gómez-Peña are the international guest artists contributing to this year's CPR International Summer Programme, THE SUMMER SHIFT 2003, 10 June -27 July in Aberystwyth, Wales. They will be joining, Wales-based theatre directors: Richard Gough and Joan Mills, 'Kalaripayattu' expert and director, Phillip Zarrilli and former Brith Gof director, Mike Pearson to present an exhilarating seven week programme.

Run by the Aberystwyth based Centre for Performance Research, THE SUMMER SHIFT is part retreat, part intensive workshop and part holiday. It makes creative use of Wales' natural environments - woods, seashores and mountains - and attracts participants from around the world, eager to explore the very best in experimental performance training. The Summer Shift programme enables participants to explore site-specific opportunities and to create images in and with the landscape as well as in the studio.

Goat Island is a Chicago-based collaborative performance group founded in 1987. Their performance work is a series of responses: to exercises, the surroundings, the events of the world, but mostly, to each other.
"When you ask experimental theatre buffs to name the best in American Theatre, rather than Robert Wilson or the Wooster Group, many will point to Goat Island".
Time Out, London


Guillermo Gómez-Peña is widely regarded as one of the most significant performance artists of the last decade. His work crosses performance art, video, audio, installations, poetry, journalism, critical writings and cultural theory, explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, "extreme culture" and new technologies in the era of globalization. Guillermo Gómez-Peña will work with participants over 2 weeks to ask, "What does 'radical behaviour' mean in the year 2003?" and "What are the new roles of artists in the post-9/11 era?"

Ukraine based theatre company, Les Kurbas, combine an intensely physical performance style with rich vocal work and their award-winning productions of Grace-given Erodii, Games for Faust, and Apocrypha have been invited to numerous international theatre festivals. They will also be presenting performances in Wales prior to their work within The Summer Shift.

The Summer Shift is an unequalled opportunity to study with some of the most acclaimed and inspiring movement artists in the world. The workshops are suitable for performers, directors, writers, students, teachers and academics who want to experience and learn new training methods, devise work that embraces voice, physical and visual theatre, explore their creativity and imagination and enjoy the beauty of the landscape in West Wales.
For The Summer Shift 2003 participants choose from the following:

· Goat Island - 2 week intensive Summer School, 10 - 21 June
· Les Kurbas - Inspired theatre and voice work, 23 -24 June
· A performative visit to a mystery location with radical director, Mike
Pearson, 3-4 July
· Richard Gough & Joan Mills visual theatre and voice work, 5-12 July
· Phillip Zarrilli - Introduction to Kalarippayattu, 5 - 12 July
· Guillermo Gomez-Pena - 2-week intensive workshop leading to a
site-specific performance 15 - 26 July

For further information on THE SUMMER SHIFT 2003 Tel: 01970 622133; Email:
cprwww@aber.ac.uk <mailto:cprwww@aber.ac.uk> or log on to www.thecpr.org.uk/summershift3.htm <http://www.thecpr.org.uk/summershift3.htm>

"CPR offers you a unique view on performance. you are confronted with your own work in an inspirational and playful way."
Summer Shift Participant, 2002


"A unique opportunity to train and above all create with leading practitioners."
Summer School Participant July 2000

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS RELEASE
Contact: Antony Pickthall on 01970 622133 or email aop@aber.ac.uk <mailto:aop@aber.ac.uk>



SUMMER SHIFT BOOKING DETAILS AND NOTES

FEES & BOOKING
Places on The Summer Shift cost per course:

Goat Island £295 CPR Members £265 Bursary £195
Les Kurbas £ 50 CPR Members £45 Bursary £ 30
Mike Pearson £ 75 CPR Members £65 Bursary £ 45
Richard Gough & Joan Mills £160 CPR Members £145 Bursary £ 110
Phillip Zarrilli £175
Guillermo Gómez-Peña £295 CPR Members £265 Bursary £195

The entire Summer Shift £695 CPR Members £635

Fees are excluding accommodation.




ABOUT THE TEACHERS

JOAN MILLS is a theatre director and voice practitioner and CPR's Voice Director. She has directed a wide range of theatre over the past thirty years, from new writing to TIE, classical text to visual performance, and has created a number of original theatre pieces focused on the voice. She worked as Director of the Royal Court Young People's Theatre Scheme, Artistic Director of Theatr Powys, and was for eight years Head of Voice and Movement at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, Wales' national
conservatoire. She has made a study of voice practices from a variety of cultures and performance styles and has trained with renowned exponents of a number of these. Her voice workshops introduce enjoyable, physically based exercises and games to improve breathing, encourage relaxation, and develop listening skills and confidence. She teaches simple chants to complex four-part songs, including American Shape Note and Georgian Harmony and uses these to explore the impulse to communicate, emotional release, body-voice co-ordination and performance techniques.


RICHARD GOUGH is Artistic Director of the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. As Artistic Director of CPR and its predecessor Cardiff Laboratory Theatre he has curated and organised numerous international theatre projects over the last 20 years including conferences, summer schools, workshop and festivals, and has produced nationwide tours of experimental theatre and traditional dance/ theatre ensembles from around the world. He has directed over seventy productions many of which have toured Europe, and he has lectured and led workshops throughout Europe and in China, Japan, Colombia and Brazil. He edited The Secret Art of the Performer (London: Routledge, 1990) and is the general editor of the Routledge journal Performance Research. In his own creative work as a director, deviser and workshop leader, he has developed a particular approach to creating visual, musical and site-specific performance.

MIKE PEARSON is Professor of Performance Studies at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Throughout the 1970s he was an artistic director of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre and in the 1980s a director of Welsh theatre company Brith Gof. He has been working with Mike Brookes since 1997 in the Pearson/Brookes collective. He is co-author of 'Theatre/Archaeology' (Routledge 2001).

PHILLIP ZARRILLI is internationally known for his teaching of these disciplines, and for the application of a psychophysical approach to his directing work. In addition to his affiliation and work with CPR, he has taught at Esalen Institute (USA), London International Workshop Festival, Passe Partout (Netherlands), Gardzienice Theatre (Poland), Theatre Asou (Austria), Trinity College (Ireland), National School of Drama (India), National School for the Performing Arts (Korea), among others. Zarrilli is author of numerous books including Acting (Re)Considered (1995) and the first study of Kalarippayattu, When the Body Becomes All Eyes (1998). He teaches at the University of Exeter.

GUILLERMO GÓMEZ-PEÑA is widely regarded as one of the most significant performance artists of the last decade. His work crosses performance art, video, audio, installations, poetry, journalism, critical writings and cultural theory, explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, "extreme culture" and new technologies in the era of globalization. After migrating across the border from Mexico to the USA an identity crisis was triggered and a creative process began, this has sustained Gómez-Peña to the present day - living between two cultures, two languages, two cultural heritages and religious systems. The notion of the border became not a dividing line but a place to call home, a laboratory for performance and he reinvented himself as a border artist. He has won a well-deserved reputation as one of the most effective interpreters of cultural otherness in the United States.

LES KURBAS THEATRE COMPANY has grown into one of Ukraine's most critically acclaimed theatres - both at home and abroad. Les Kurbas Theatre, combine an intensely physical performance style with rich vocal work and their award-winning productions of Grace-given Erodii, Games for Faust, and Apocrypha have been invited to numerous international theatre festivals.: Founded in 1988 by Volodymyr Kuchynsky and a troupe of young actors who, like the celebrated Ukrainian director Les Kurbas and his colleagues in 1918, found themselves to be, "newly trained...stuck amid old repertoires and longing for some more."

ABOUT THE CENTRE FOR PERFORMANCE RESEARCH

The Centre for Performance Research (CPR) is a multi-faceted theatre organisation based in Wales and working internationally. The CPR produces innovative performance work; arranges workshops, conferences, lectures and master classes; collaborates and exchanges with theatre companies of international significance; publishes and distributes theatre books and runs a multicultural performance resource centre.

The CPR's main aims are: ·
To develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice oftheatre in its broadest sense, to affect change through investigation, sharing and discovery and to make this process as widely available as possible.
· To focus upon contemporary practice, to investigate the sources and context of current experimentation and the relationship of innovation to tradition.
· To integrate theory and practice.
· To dig to discover origins and roots, to push and pioneer, to extendboundaries, perception and possibilities

CPR's programmes of work combine:
· Cultural co-operation, collaboration and exchange
· Practical training, education, and research
· Performance, production and promotion, documentation and publishing information and resource

These programmes embrace a wide range of activities:
· Innovative performance work; workshops, conferences, lectures and masterclasses
· Collaborations and exchanges with theatre companies of international significance;
· Publication and distribution of theatre books and journals
· Archiving and development of a multicultural performance reference library
Centre for Performance Research  
web site
: www.thecpr.org.uk
Antony Pickthall
e-mail: aop@aber.ac.uk
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