6 - 17 JULY 2020 | LONDON, UK
ANNUAL 2-WEEK RESIDENCY WITH YORGOS KARAMALEGOS & GUEST TEACHING ARTISTS
PHYSICAL LAB RESIDENCY
Our annual summer residency will take place in the heart of the summer, and it will be the biggest event of our festival year, celebrating the artists who have inspired our methodology.
Physical Lab director, Yorgos, will lead the majority of the residency, and will also be sharing the space with two practitioners who have heavily inspired his work, including is his dear friend and collaborator,
Fin Walker, whose grounding methods have deeply inspired him.
We will soon announce our second special guest.
Throughout the two weeks, we will work on scenes that we will decide together as a group in the first two days of our process, although we will also be making some decisions via email prior the start of the residency, so you can arrive knowing some of your lines.
We will work with monologues, duologues as well as larger scenes.
As always, we will focus on de-conditioning/stripping down acting habits rooted in social and cultural conditioning.
The two weeks will culminate to an open class where other Labbers and members of the public will be invited as audience.
BREAK OLD HABITS
Photo: Kate Stephen
Born in Athens, Yorgos is an actor, director, producer and acting coach. He previously co-founded Tmesis Theatre Company and the international festival of physical theatre Physical Fest. He was a co-artistic director of both organisations until 2010.
In 2011, Yorgos created Physical Lab, and since then he has taught at LAMDA, RADA, Drama Centre of Saint Martins, & Williams College (USA).
Utilising his own performance-based methodology developed through the laboratory, Yorgos has coached acting and movement for numerous productions throughout Europe and the US.
Some of his latest work includes the site specific theatre productions West Walls and The Dream, and the multidisciplinary experimental theatre piece Home based on Euripides’ Medea, which opened in London. Yorgos played the role of the communist Nikos Mariakakis in Padelis Voulgaris's feature film The Last Note, which has won several awards in Greece and the US, and he appeared in a theatrical production of Lorca's
Blood Wedding, adapted and directed by George Richmond Scott, in London.
His resume includes collaborations with Yoshi Oida, Lorna Marshall, Fin Walker, Nigel Charnock (DV8), Malou Airaudo & Pau Aran Gimeno (Pina Bausch Tanztheater), Tanya Khabarova (Derevo), and Linda Kerr Scott (Complicite).
For more information please visit: www.yorgosk.com
The residency will take place over a two-week period from Monday-Friday, barring any special rehearsals or circumstances. Those traveling internationally to attend the residency will be responsible for their own accommodations.
9 Havelock Walk, Forest Hill, London
6th - 17th July 2020
10:30am - 6:00pm
(Monday - Friday)
£680 full price
We have a cancellation policy of three weeks prior to the start of the Lab for short workshops and one calendar month for residencies. After this, we cannot offer refunds unless another participant can be found to take the place.
To apply, please email Stella at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a photo or reel, CV, and a couple of sentences on why you want to do this course.
There is no application deadline but if your application is suitable, a place will be offered immediately and places are limited.
PREPARING FOR A LAB
For the workshop with Yorgos, we ask everyone to prepare and learn a piece of text. This can be a monologue, or if you know some of your fellow participants, you are welcome to pair up and work on a scene (though this has to be arranged in advance). We encourage our participants to work in whatever language is most comfortable to them.
We recommend preparing a maximum of one page of script though as little as 10-20 lines is enough to work from.
We always say it's better to feel secure with a short text than spend three days distracted and worrying about your lines.
You are welcome to choose your own text, but the downloads below offer a selection of suggested scenes that we feel are well suited to our work, taken from previous lab productions and residencies.
Please bear in mind that we work from the body and our classes include movement exercises so wear suitable clothing.
It's also helpful to come prepared with a notebook and water.
Other than that, all we ask is that our participants arrive with willing, open minds and bodies.