Α theatre without a director: how does an actors’ collective work?
A seminar/workshop led by tg STAN
Saturday 8 January 2011
5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
Τhe Belgian theatre company offers a one-day workshop exploring their philosophy, methodology, practice: tg STAN is an actor-orientated theatre company. The actors do everything themselves: they don't work with directors, dramaturgists. The emphasis is set on the independence of the actor, how the actor speaks, works with texts, manages repertoire.
Toneelspelersgezelschap STAN was founded by four actors who graduated together from the Antwerp Conservatoire in 1989. Jolente De Keersmaeker, Damiaan De Schrijver, Waas Gramser and Frank Vercruyssen did not wish to join any existing companies, in which they seemed to perceive only an excessive aestheticism, unworldly formal experiments and the hand of (all too) authoritative directors. They wanted to place the emphasis on themselves, as actors, on their own abilities and manifest failings. They wished to blow up the illusion and to focus on pure acting – if necessary in mutual contradiction –, on a highly personal and rigorous commitment to the character and the story he/she has to tell. After a few productions Waas Gramser left the group and Sara De Roo joined it. Thomas Walgrave became its regular scenographer.
drama students, professional actors, directors
Participants should have a functional knowledge of English
T: 213 017 8004
Ms Myrto Lavda