A new theatre produc;on by Moon Fool
BOOKING NOW Set in a bunker, threatened by the storms of climate change, audiences take refuge with Moon Fool's interna;onal company of 4 soloists and chorus in a powerhouse of cu>ng edge total theatre that recreates Shakespeare’s The Tempest for a contemporary state of mind. Supported by Gre Badanie Experimental choir from Poland audiences are swept up by original live music and strong physicality on a journey to encounter a changing world, evoked by ﬂickering visual landscapes and rhythmically charged new wri;ng. This stellar collabora;on of mul;-‐skilled performers meet design and climate research to conjure a white knuckle ride of cathar;c immersion, stunning spectacle and breathtaking beauty. Devised by the company Lead performers Anirudh Nair, Sean Palmer Chris-‐Gerard Heyward Alexandra Kazazou Directed by Anna-‐Helena McLean Dramaturgical assistance Rosanna Lowe Design by Paddy Molloy
Praise for STORM "Rarely are we graced with such skilled performers and creators of new work that is equally dedicated to the text, the body, the voice and the music" Jubilith Moore, Director Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco "The commitment to the art form of physical theatre is impressive. A clear research on energy and form translated into movement,vocal resonance and musical contrappunto at it's highest level” Giulio Perrone, Ar;s;c Director Inferno Theater Co, Berkeley CA “The sheer physical and vocal virtuosity of the performers is gorgeous to witness... the visceral experience of the performance thrilling" Rebecca Longworth, Crowded Fire Theatre Company San Francisco “This ensemble piece… oﬀers tension and release you can cut with a knife... I look forward to seeing more work from this exciFng company" Deborah Eliezer, Associate Ar;s;c Director, foolsFURY Theater San Francisco www.foolsfury.org “ProvocaFve and inspiring, the visceral rush of energy is infecFous and enthralling…The imaginaFve and physical world we plunge into is highly charged with eroFcism, sensuality and a liberaFng sense of play” Bill Wright Voice Lecturer Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Chorus and choir rehearsing with the ACT ensemble. Soundscape, beat box, polyphonic harmonies and solo virtuosity runs live throughout the produc;on
ACT ensemble actor Anirudh Nair leads chorus training to support his role as Ariel
STORM has grown out of a decade of training and research exploring eastern and western European physical theatre techniques, archetypes in Shakespeare and methods of integra;ng music, movement and text equally to realise vital and contemporary theatre art for interna;onal and diverse audiences. Direc;ng prac;;oner Anna-‐Helena has hand picked and trained in, one by one, an unbeatable team of collaborators by virtue of her Actor -‐ Chorus -‐ Text (ACT) system of ensemble training. She has hosted regular rehearsal periods since Summer 2012 with produc;on support from partners in USA, Malta, UK and funding from the Arts Council of England. The produc;on is accompanied by ACT ensemble workshops giving students everywhere the opportunity to perform as chorus and choir members in the performance. Residencies are nego;ated in one speciﬁc site where the training, rehearsals and performances can all take place with accommoda;on and catering managed in-‐situ or within close proximity.
Praise for other Moon Fool produc;ons “A magical hour – almost fairy Fme... jazz re-‐working of an old standard, where the melody lingers as a shadow... a surreal re-‐imagining of Shakespeare’s Dream... And it’s over all too soon – swiOer than the wind, swiOer than the wandering moon” **** The Public Reviews “Slightly sinister and wholly elﬁsh... the sounds are as haunFng as the words and gestures” **** whatsonstage “A passion and depth that is rarely, if ever, uncovered in a full producFon of the Dream” The Stage “Reconﬁguring of Shakespeare plays like jazz variaFons, beauFfully orchestrated” The Observer “Very entertaining... dark, sexy piece …” The Oxford Times “... work that whilst deeply rooted in the Polish inﬂuences named, is both innovaFve and authenFcally their own…” Dee Evans The Mercury, Colchester
About the company and training Moon Fool plays host to ongoing interna;onal theatre and music exchange including Actor – Chorus – Text (ACT) ensemble training, ACT Youth for Educa;on, Day & Night music collec;ve and cri;cally acclaimed produc;ons ill met by moonlight with Christopher Sivertsen (Song of the Goat, Awake Projects), Peter Swaﬀer Reynolds (NoFit State) and Ian Morgan (Song of the Goat) and solo cabaret, TItania. Founded by Anna-‐Helena McLean, formerly of world-‐renowned Polish physical theatre company, Gardzienice, the company is renowned for its unique style combining Eastern and Western European theatre prac;ces to devise original music, movement and text based performance and prac;ce.
“Moon Fool’s Actor -‐ Chorus -‐ Text training is stunning and unique, and it makes a profound contribuFon to the Grotowski-‐based and Polish theater training lineages... I felt as though I was able to tap into the mystery and power of the work in a way that was made accessible even in a short workshop period. The internaFonal company incorporate methods and exercises from all over the world and from many diﬀerent forms of theater, the training is uncompromising… This, in my opinion, is an example of the ulFmate in theatrical training” Thom Pasculli Director at Links Hall, Steppenwolﬀ and VOX, Chicago “Moon Fool’s ability to inspire students to take greater risks and make big discoveries about themselves helps to produce a bold, brave and fearless performer, to push the boundaries of physical theatre to the limit and beyond” Bill Wright Voice Lecturer Royal Conservatoire of Scotland "Anna Helena's ACT training method combines music, song gesture work, partner acrobaFcs and and text with high-‐energy, rigorous professionalism. I enjoyed how Anna's posiFve, passionate approach help transform every student be they professional or novice. She oﬀers a set of tools and then, almost eﬀortlessly integrates the techniques seamlessly to produce magical moments of theater with every parFcipant. I was repeatedly taken by surprise. The training encourages the group to approach their own precipice, embrace the unknowing, and ﬂy” Deborah Eliezer, Associate Ar;s;c Director, foolsFURY Theater, San Francisco
Actor (Ariel) -‐ Lead ACT trainer Anirudh Nair is a theatre prac;;oner based in New Delhi. He is an alumnus of the University Of Exeter, UK, where he completed an MA in Theatre Prac;ce under the guidance of Professor Phillip Zarrilli. The program involved the use of mar;al and medita;onal arts to train the contemporary theatre actor. He now works as a professional actor and director in India. He is the founder of WIDE AISLE PRODUCTIONS (WAP) and the Director of Meet Will -‐ A widely successful project designed to make Shakespeare accessible to school-‐going children through performance. Core ACT member since 2007, producing two tours in India in associa;on with Na;onal School of Delhi and the Bri;sh Council. WAP recently staged a site speciﬁc produc;on of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in Delhi to packed houses with rave reviews from audiences and cri;cs alike.
Director and leading pracDDoner With a BA Hons in Music and Drama from RHUL, Anna-‐Helena McLean became a principal member of the physical theatre company Gardzienice in Poland, 2000. She toured as the ;tle role in Electra (LaMama ETC 05, Barbican BITE 06), musical Leader in Metamorphoses and led company training across the globe. Founded her own prac;ce called Actor - Chorus - Text (ACT) in 2008 with which she has now set up an interna;onal team of workshop leaders for adults and youth (ACT Youth). She was inaugural member of Awake Projects between 2006 and 2012 and performed in the premiere of AWAKE. As Ar;s;c Director of Moon Fool she has developed 5 stage adapta;ons of Shakespeare, only two released for touring. Host for Day & Night (folk music collec;ve) concerts bi-‐ annually with lead spoken word and folk ar;sts in London. Anna-‐ Helena is a guest director at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 2004. Teaches part ;me at Uni's, Circus and Drama schools across UK and abroad. Voice coached on the new NTS Musical, Glasgow Girls (Strajord East Feb 2013). Produced and toured her solo cabaret, Titania in Europe and USA before representa;on by richardsonprm.com
Dramaturge and Writer Rosanna Lowe is a writer, director and performer. She studied at Cambridge University and Lecoq. She adapted and directed The Jungle Book (Northampton Royal, Oxford Playhouse, Warwick Arts Centre, West Yorkshire Playhouse Christmas 2013, with Liam Steel direc;ng) and Madame Bovary (Northampton Royal). Playwri;ng includes The Bacchae (London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, directed by Laurie Sansom) Elektra (Cambridge Arts Theatre), Pinocchio (MAC), Making The Sunlight (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Before We Remember (The Junc;on), The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Pied Piper (Wellingborough Castle), Hansel and Gretel (Winchester Arts Centre), Hairy Tales and Furry Stories (tour), Medea (Quakers Friars), Seaside (French tour). Direc;ng includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Northampton Royal), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Walk The Plank), A Long Time Ago (Northampton Royal TIE) and Hummingbirds (Pleasance Edinburgh, Young Vic) – a devised show, nominated for a Total Theatre Award. She has won The Times Young Travel Writer’s Award and Radio 4 Young Sci-‐Fi Writer’s Award and wrioen for three series of the BAFTA award-‐winning children’s T.V. series Horrible Histories.
Gre Badanie Experimental Choir from Poland -‐ Directed by Sean Palmer Ania Banas, Nela Brzezynska, Ewa Kalamat, Jacek Skrzypek, Dominika Jarosz, Mateusz Jaworski, Hania Jurczak, Magda Koniecznie, Monika Lada-‐Bienkowska, Monika Sadkowska, David Sypniewski, Kasia Tekielska
Design and projecDon art work Paddy Molloy is an image-‐maker and designer based in London. Selected projec;on design for theatre credits include The Secret Agent (Theatre O/Young Vic), Qudz (the Yard), The Snow Queen (Polka), And Then The Room Fell Silent (MAP/Barrbican), Origins (Pentabus), image and performance workshops (Na;onal Theatre Studio), A History of Falling Things (Theatr Clwyd) and Delirium (Theatre O/Barbican Bite/Abbey Theatre). Selected print based illustra;on clients include The Guardian, New York Times (US), Globe and Mail (Canada), Time Out, BBC Worldwide, Delta Airlines (US), Hermitage (Russia), HHMI (US) and Random House. He is currently senior lecture in Illustra;on Anima;on at Kingston University.
Actor (Prospero) -‐ Conductor of Gre Badanie choir Sean Palmer is a graduate of Theatre and Art from MMU (1999). He has lived and worked in Poland since 1999, beginning as a lecturer of Theatre at Łodż University English Philology Dept. He has been working professionally as an vocalist and actor since 2001 Theatre Chorea (Łodż,PL) performing with them interna;onally including the Meyerhold Centre, Moscow. In 2004 he co-‐founded 'Equaldoubt -‐ Physical and Visual Theatre' in Wales (laureat 06 Malta Fes;val 'Debiut' category with ‘Suﬀoca;on’). Since 2009 he has been performing in both Polish ‘ins;tu;onal’ and ‘independent’ theatres – including the Polish Na;onal Actor (Caliban) -‐ ACT trainer Opera, Teatr Dramatyczny and Teatr Remus. Sean is the creator, composer and conductor of Gre Badanie -‐ Experimental Community CALARTS graduate Chris-‐Gerard Heyward is a professional actor, Choir (based in Warsaw) which is currently touring their latest work ‘The musician, writer, and dancer. Also a founding member of the Poor Dog Group, an LA based theatre company. He began working on Fairytale of the Eared Glade’ na;onally and abroad. archetypes through movement at the Royal Sco>sh Academy of Actor (Miranda) -‐ ACT trainer Music and Drama with Anna-‐Helena Mclean. Soon aver Chris moved to Croa;a to play Romeo in Ulysses Teater's Romeo i Julia Alexandra Kazazou was born in Wrocław, Poland. She is half Greek, half Polish. She studied ac;ng at the Aristotle University of '68 where he also founded and led the band LISN on their Love Thessaloniki, worked as an actor in the North Na;onal Theater, and Revolu;on tour. Aver two years of composing and performing co-‐founded Asypka, a theatrical group based in Athens. She did the music for theatre in NYC, Chris-‐Gerard aoended the Moon Fool at MA in ac;ng with the Song of the Goat Theatre, Wrocław, Poland, in the Quadrangle workshop of Romeo and Juliet in Kent, UK the collabora;on with the Manchester Metropolitan University School of Summer of 2012 playing the part of Mercu;o. Chris is currently working as a private ac;ng coach on a new FOX TV pilot. Theatre. She has a diploma in Ashtanga Yoga. Actor (Chorus & Caliban) -‐ ACT Youth leader
Alexandra is a member of Studio Matejka and of the Odra Ensemble in collabora;on with Song of the Goat Theatre, and is a co-‐ini;ator of Jubilo Project. She teaches ancient Greek tragedy at the University of Wroclaw. Her main research interest is the chorus func;on of Greek tragedy and how it is connected with the every day chorus of life and the ensemble work. A big inspira;on and a life experience was her expedi;on in Cuba towards the Guantanamo base.
Graduate from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in 2012 with a degree in European Theatre Arts. Since gradua;ng, he has been working with interna;onal ar;sts including Andrzej and Teresa Welminski from Cricot 2 and the award winning puppetry company Smoking Apples. He is a founding member of the absurdist comedy company The Same, But Diﬀerent, George also runs ACT Youth as well as training with ACT.
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