Alex Torra and Dito van Reigersberg from Philadelphia’s internationally acclaimed “dance-clown-theatre-ensemble,” Pig Iron Theatre Company came to Emory this April to conduct their “Something from Nothing” workshop with theater students and alumni.
During the week long workshop, attendees learned the process of creating an ensemble-based work of theater through Pig Iron’s tried-and-true creation processes. Participants were given performance assignments to be solved as an assignment. Playwriting and directing duties were shared among the ensemble, and decisions were made collaboratively.
Pig Iron emphasizes generating original material, physicalizing characters and theatrical ideas, structuring group improvisations into finished pieces and the role music and rhythm play in theatrical creation. Participants will work on taking material developed through improvisation and turning it into pieces that are precise, full, exuberant, and moving. The workshop culminated in an open showing of short works created over the course of the program exploring a theme given to participants by Alex and Dito: “So…This is how it ends.” Workshop participants included current students Jake Krakovsky, Lauren Levitt, Kelly Spicer, TC Kinser, Walid Said and alumni Nicholas Surbey, Emma Yarbrough, and Rachel Shuey.
For more information on Pig Iron Theatre company and their training programs at the Pig Iron School, visit their website and facebook page.
“Under the leadership of director Janice Akers, along with choreographers and Dance Program faculty Lori Teague and George Staib, a company of 16 professional and student actors, dancers and writers take on the notion of why we take risks and sometimes follow what might be perceived as reckless impulses.”
Read the full Q&A with director Janice Akers, choreographers George Staib and Lori Teague, and composer Kendall Simpsonhere
Emory alum, Snehal Desai, is directing Brave New Works 2014 guest artist, Madhuri Shekar’s “A Nice Indian Boy” at the East West Players in L.A. The production opens February 26 and runs through the month of March.