Physical Fest Returns To Liverpool

PHYSICAL FEST, Liverpool’s international physical theatre festival, is returning for 2016 with a packed programme of workshops for people of all ages to get involved in. Running across nine-days, Friday 20th May to Saturday 28th May at Bluecoat, the exciting workshop programme is led by internationally renowned performers. Comedy is a key theme of this year’s festival with Jamie Wood, Spymonkey (both UK) and leading USA physical comedienne Hilary Chaplain bringing their respective and unique brands of clown comedy to the festival in three workshops. While Spymonkey encourage you to be the idiot only you can be, Hilary Chaplain will expand your physical vocabulary by asking you, ‘What makes it funny?’ The internationally renowned performer Izumi Ashizawa, Professor of Directing and Devising Theatre at State University of New York (Stony Brook), brings her specialism in Japanese physical movement to lead a two-day workshop based on Japanese physical acting techniques and philosophy. Theatre Re’s Artistic Director Guillaume Pige presents a fascinating and practical insight into the work of Etienne Decroux – the father of modern mime. Liverpool-based Impropriety will lead a performance jam with participants that will culminate in an improv performance on Sunday 22 May. Other local ensemble Cabaret from the Shadows will deliver a fascinating workshop that strips theatre down to its foundation; a game between the actors and audience. Drawing on elements of dance and physical theatre, international award-winning performer and director, Yael Karavan will offer a number of rich approaches for the creative process, rediscovering our ‘tool’ and the infinite possibilities that are hidden within ourselves. Moving Presence through Failure brings Deborah Black and Mary Pearson together, combining their Viewpoints and FAILURE Lab projects to heighten our sense of ‘here and now’, through choice making in improvisation and a critical awareness of popular culture. Tmesis performer and Ashtanga Vinyasa 200hr RYT qualified instructor, Jennifer Essex, invites you to connect your body, breath and voice in her Ashtanga-based yoga class, Yoga for Movers class builds strength, reduces tension, and focuses your mind. Artistic Director of Physical Fest Elinor Randle said: “We are really proud to reveal our programme of workshops for 2016, bringing world class performers to Liverpool to deliver an exciting range of workshops which will be fun and enlightening at the same time. So come along and have a go – we look forward to welcoming you!” All workshops take place at Bluecoat and places can be booked at www.physicalfest.com