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may 31 - June 4th 2017 train

build tools

collaborate

interdisciplinary

atelier

tools for contemporary performance


schedule at a glance 10 am 11 am 12 noon 1 pm 2 pm

wed. may 31

thurs. june 1

susanna hood open source forms & finding forms

susanna hood open source forms & finding forms

lunch

lunch

ciara adams voice & text

ciara adams voice & text

cameron davis isadora basics part 1

jacob niedzwiecki audio & video cueing for mobile devices in theatre

dinner

dinner

peter rahul glitch technologies

mariel marshall digital storytelling in-conversation

3 pm 4 pm 5 pm 6 pm 7 pm 8 pm 9 pm


fri. june 2

sat. june 3

sun. june 4

susanna hood open source forms & finding forms

susanna hood open source forms & finding forms

susanna hood open source forms & finding forms

lunch

lunch

lunch

ciara adams voice & text

ciara adams voice & text

lucy simic directing the audience

cameron davis isadora basics part 2

dinner

dinner

dinner

richard windeyer prototyping

richard windeyer prototyping

richard windeyer prototyping

stephen o’connell interdisciplinary composition


about Formed in 1998, bluemouth inc. is a Toronto based charitable organization that creates original, dynamic and immersive performance events for audiences in alternative spaces. The artistic mandate of any bluemouth project is to collectively create performance that marries choreographed movement, text, dialogue, sound design, original live music, video and film to create a cohesive, multi-sensory experience. One significant hallmark of any bluemouth performance is that it attempts to challenge levels of interaction between performers and audiences. We ask our audience: “What level of experience are you committed to having?� Last year bluemouth set out to better understand and adjust to the rapidly changing ecology of performance training across Canada. After extensive research into the professional development programs and workshops currently available across Canada, we discovered a noticeable gap in training for artists working in the areas of digital technology and interdisciplinary performing arts. In response to these findings bluemouth decided to create a 5-day interdisciplinary intensive. This pilot program aims to serve both the theatre and dance communities across Canada by offering innovative and practical training with a unique focus on the integration of digital, mobile and audio / video technology in Live Performance. We have assembled a diverse group of emerging and established practitioners working in dance, voice and music together with a number of younger and highly innovative designers / artists who specialize in the integration of digital, mobile and audio/visual technology in live performance.


atelier fees 1. a la carte: $15/hour 2. half day (2 modules) $50/half day 3. full day $125/day 3. full 5-day training: $300 (early bird - before May 1st, 2017) $375 (after the earlybird deadline) register To register please visit our Eventbrite page. More info also available at our website www.bluemouthinc.com For questions, please contact associate artist, Mariel Marshall, at mariel@bluemouthinc.com.

The Theatre Centre

1115 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 3T4 theatrecentre.org (416) 538-0988

locations: cafe (main lobby) franco boni theatre


voice & text 1pm-3pm Wed. May 31 - Sat. June 3 Location: Franco Boni Theatre Facilitator: Ciara Adams

This workshop has two components. The first is the voice; where we will be working on an exploration of breath release, resonance and pitch as a foundation for the discovery of one’s essential voice. No prior vocal/voice experience necessary! The second component will focus on relationship to text, designed to explore the actors voice with a focus on clarity, meaning, delivery and communication. For this second component participants are required to bring in a brief piece of writing, could be a monologue, poem, or original piece of writing. Ciara Adams Ciara is a musician, theatre creator/performer and artist-educator. Ciara has been a co-artistic director with bluemouth inc. since 2009, and an associate artist since 2003. After studying Opera at Queen’s University, Ciara moved to London, England to train as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the U.K. she worked at the Royal National Theatre, Northern Stage, and the RSC among others. As a musician, Ciara has released two albums to date, Live at Le Select Bistro and Last of the Bohemians. She is a mentor artist-educator with the Royal Conservatory of Music Schools and she teaches private voice from her home studio in Toronto. www.ciaraadams.ca


glitch technologies In this “Glitch Technologies” workshop, Toronto-based video artist Peter Rahul will walk you through DIY tactics on how to achieve digital video fx using vintage analog hardware. Through collecting obsolete broadcast equipment from Craigslist and Value Village, Rahul has crafted his own style of unique generative visuals. In this plug-and-play workshop, you will get a hands-on opportunity to play with vintage video mixers, processors and cameras, to achieve video fx which can be implemented into dance & screen based performance art. Peter Rahul Peter Rahul is a Toronto-based video artist specializing in glitch methodologies. As a techno-archaeologist, Rahul explores the limits of vintage electronics in hopes of discovering unknown functions. Rahul’s work utilizes feedback loops and video synths to produce live generative patterns. His practice has taken the form of live projection, hardware installations and digitally influenced prints. Since graduating from OCAD University in 2013, Rahul’s work has been exhibited in Toronto, New York, Bordeaux & Milan.

7 pm - 9 pm Wed. May 31 Location: Franco Boni Theatre Facilitator: Peter Rahul


isadora quick & dirty 1pm-3pm Wed. May 31 & Sat. June 3 Location: Franco Boni Theatre Facilitator: Cameron Davis

This two day workshop is a fast-track start into interactive performance design, using the award-winning digital media software, Isadora. The workshop introduces you to the use of Isadora software as an interactive performance and design tool and guides you towards its use in your own work. No previous programming experience is required. Whether you are a dancer, visual artist, performer or filmmaker, this workshop will offer the skills needed to experiment with interactive live performance designs. Cameron Davis Cameron Davis is a Toronto based Projection & Video Designer. He has toured the world with Bluemouth Inc’s Dance Marathon. He has also worked with Atom Egoyan on a variety of projects in theatre, film, opera and installation as well as with such companies as the Shaw Festival, the Blyth Festival, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Muraille, Citadel Theatre, and Volcano Theatre. Always an innovator, Cameron is constantly developing new techniques in the field of projection design, ever expanding his expertise and nurturing his unique aesthetic. Cameron has also taught projection and video design workshops at Upper Canada College, the University of Toronto, Humber College, and teaches a series of Video Master Classes at the National Theatre School of Canada.


digital storytelling for performance

in-conversation

In this intimate discussion with industry experts, we will explore storytelling techniques with digital technology. As 360 video, virtual reality and interactive media become more accessible, how can we harness this technology for performance? Facilitated by performer and web developer Mariel Marshall, the panel will explore how to access and train in new tech and how to collaborate with artists/ orgs already working in these fields. How can we come together to share our knowledge and resources? What opportunities arise for our audiences when we move into digital storytelling spheres? Mariel Marshall Mariel is a performer, producer and web developer. She is the cofounder of Sundown Theatre and an associate artist with bluemouth inc. Some of her previous projects include: Party/Game, The Tartan Lady, The Tale of a Town: Kincardine (in collaboration with FiXT POINT) and Tuesdays & Sundays. Mariel is currently working on a number of digital projects including PLEDGE (a database for discovering plays by Canadian women), and StagePage (a tool to track your favourite companies and artists in the Toronto live-arts scene). She is a graduate of York University, and studied web development at HackerYou.

7pm - 9pm Thurs. June 1 Location: Cafe Facilitator: Mariel Marshall


open source forms & finding forms 10 am - 12 pm Wednesday, May 31 Sunday June 4 Location: Franco Boni Theatre Facilitator: Susanna

Fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), Open Source Forms (OSF) combines the principles of SRT with the varied and developing practices of its teachers. This method becomes the main container for an exploration into the moving, sounding, creative self. Approaching “open”, “source”, and “form” as verbs, the class becomes an opportunity for opening; sourcing or resourcing; and un-forming to reform or to find new forms, and prepares us to access complex layers of our creativity. Participants are guided through different states of consciousness in an improvisational setting, using imagery as a powerful tool for transformation, and weaving together various ways to warm the body, voice, and imagination into a ready state of physicality. From there, we will explore the finding and making of forms out of what arises, locating intersections between disciplinary perspectives. The material from class to class is cumulative, so participants are encouraged to attend either all the classes or consecutive classes starting with the first class (some exceptions apply). Susanna Hood is a Montreal-based dance artist, musician and educator and was the artistic director of her interdisciplinary performance company, hum dansoundart from 2000 till 2013. She recently completed the Pilot #2 of the Research Studios at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium with a special focus on the various ways through which music and dance can be brought into synergistic relation. Since 2004, Susanna has been teaching improvisation, composition, and voice/movement synthesis across Canada. Since 2012 she is a teacher trainer of Open Source Forms (OSF). susannahood.ca


audio & video cueing for mobile device in theatre 2pm-6pm Thurs. June 1 Location: Franco Boni Theatre Facilitator: Jacob Niedzwiecki

This workshop will be a hands-on session exploring the use of mobile technology (smartphones and tablets) in a theatrical context. Participants will be guided through using Niedzwiecki’s ‘Cohort’ code framework and prebuilt templates to create an app or mobile website, with audio & video content that can be synchronized and cued on audience or performer devices via QLab or Isadora. While there will be technical content covered, the goal of this workshop is to make the technology accessible to working artists, designers, and technicians — no programming experience is required. Jacob Niedzwiecki Jacob is a choreographer, filmmaker, and creative technologist whose work fuses movement, media, and code into inventive new forms. His immersive app-based performance Jacqueries won the Vanguard Prize for Risk and Innovation at the 2014 SummerWorks festival, and has begun touring internationally with a recent US première in South Beach. He directed and produced the National Ballet’s fourhour segments of the 2014 and 2015 World Ballet Day livestream, which saw over 350,000 viewers. His short films have been shown at festivals around the world, including Dance on Camera presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


interdisciplinary composition With devised theatre becoming an increasingly popular approach among emerging theatre artists, bluemouth inc. core member Stephen O’Connell will offers participants an opportunity to explore some essential methods of collaboration across a variety of disciplines in the absence of a centralized authorial voice.

1pm - 6pm Sunday June 4 Location: Franco Boni Theatre “It is obviously problematic to offer a prescriptive methods for Facilitator: Stephen devising interdisciplinary performance as every group of collaborators O’Connell will offer a variety of practices and methods of approaching the creative process. I propose a common method of approach might begin by focusing on form and space, then proceed by organically extracting thematic ideas through improvisation that may be extracted and shaped into a theatrical composition.”

Over the course of the one-day workshop participants will collectively brainstorm, generate, prototype and map a piece of interdisciplinary performance around a chosen theme. Stephen O’Connell Stephen is a core member of Toronto/Brooklyn based collective bluemouth inc. Stephen has a BFA in modern dance from Rutgers University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Simon Fraser University. Stephen is currently a part time lecturer in dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. From 1990 to 1997 Stephen was co-artistic director of Radix Theatre, a site-specific interdisciplinary performance collective in Vancouver.


directing the audience 3pm-6pm Fri. June 2 Location: Franco Boni Theatre Facilitator: Lucy Simic

How do you get your audience to: canoe to an island, do a hula dance, sing at a campfire, reveal a heart-wrenching story? More importantly, how do you get them to do this so they don’t feel mortified, vowing never to return to “immersive theatre” again? This workshop shares some of the strategies bluemouth uses for creating immersive, participatory and interactive performance. Focusing on the audience’s journey through the piece we ask nuanced questions around the role of the audience, tactics for moving them through the physical space, various approaches to recruiting audience volunteers without uttering the fear-inducing word “volunteer”, the value of chance and spontaneity and how breaking through the fourth wall allows us to include the audience in the imagery of the piece, increasing intimacy and a sense of community in the venue. Though not mandatory, if possible please bring a charged smartphone with earbuds (or headphones). Lucy Simic is a writer, dancer and theatre artist. As founding member of performance collective bluemouth inc. she has been integral in the groundbreaking vision of the company. She is driven by a desire to create evocative, multidisciplinary experiences through live performance that destabilize the audience, democratize both the creative process as well as the performance space and, above all, invite the audience to embody the performance. Trained in various movement modalities ranging from performative techniques to somatics she is instrumental in developing choreography for bluemouth performers as well as the physical journey the audience takes. She holds a degree in French, Dance and Mathematics from Simon Fraser University and an MFA in Playwriting from York University.


theory and practice of prototyping in the creation of performance

Prototyping is a technique for transforming ideas into shareable materials and preliminary models to engage with collectively and creatively. This workshop will explore methods and tools for prototyping performative experiences through multiple cycles of telling, making, and enacting over several consecutive sessions. Richard Windeyer RIchard is a composer, percussionist and digital media artist specializing in sound. His research focuses on the impact of digital technologies and generative systems on creative process, live performance, and experiential design. Richard is currently pursuing doctoral studies through a collaboration between the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto. He is also a Research Assistant at the Digital Dramaturgy Lab (University of Toronto) (www. richardwindeyer.com)

7pm - 9pm Fri. June 2 Location: Franco Boni Theatre Facilitator: Richard Windeyer


We would like to thank our generous venue partner:

World premiere of Party/Game at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, August 2017 You are cordially invited to a surprise party. With the guidance of your host and help from the other guests you help get ready for the big surprise – but when it arrives, it’s clear no amount of planning can prepare us for what lies ahead. Necessary Angel and bluemouth inc. advance the boundaries of multidisciplinary theatre with this explorative production. Accompanied by dance, theatre, music and video, no two audience experiences are the same after this heartrending exploration of loss, and joyful celebration of life.

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