AVATA5985 Workshop

AVATA5985 Workshop


Developing a new artform combining spoken word and physical theatre

Wednesday 17 February | 15:00 – 16:00

FREE and open to all

Writer Lindsay Oliver and physical-theatre maker Fiona Oliver-Larkin invite you to join them for an online afternoon workshop exploring classical Japanese poetry and movement-based arts.

Lindsay and Fiona are two of the artists taking part in time to respond – a week of digital connection, exploration and creation, curated by Two Destination Language and presented by Dance Base Scotland.

Lindsay, a poet, has a chronic illness and cannot leave her home, but she longs to go for walks, to run, to dance.  During lockdown, her daughter Fiona would walk through town, to the beach and around Arthur’s Seat while on a video call, the camera facing outwards, so Lindsay could ‘go for walks’ too. 

Over the course of the time to respond week, Fiona and Lindsay will be developing this method of connection and adapting it for performance, AVATA5895.

During the AVATA5895 workshop, Lindsay and Fiona will use the findings they gather from this  week of experimentation to create a new artform drawing on movement based arts and renga, a genre of Japanese poetry, in which each participant responds to the contribution preceding their own. In the session participants will work together to produce a collaborative piece of written and/or movement-based work. Although the formal rules of renga-writing are complex, the basic structure provides a simple format, that is straightforward to convey and provides writers and performers a simple starting place from which to develop a work. 

Join us on Zoom for this welcoming workshop and discover if together we can act as each other’s human avatars and create a new artform!


How to book:

To book a place on the workshop please email Laila@dancebase.co.uk with your name, contact details and information on any access provision that would support your engagement with the session. Please use the subject "AVATA5985 Workshop"

If you have any questions or would like any further information please contact Laila@dancebase.co.uk

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