Teaching

The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theater offers original physical theater and acrobatic stilts workshops that can be tailored to our participants. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your area, please contact us.

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Up Coming Workshops:

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL: ACROBATIC STILTS CLASS SERIES

February – April 2017
Vila Itororó, pedroso street 238, Sao Paulo, Brazil
For more information & to register: Facebook
 

ARIZONA, USA: KAIMOS INSTITUTE: SITE SPECIFIC EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES

May 14 – 20, 2017
Prescott, Arizona
For more information and to register: Website 

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LONDON, UK: STILTASANA INTENSIVE AT ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE

Duration: 1 week (five days teaching) 09:00 to 17:30
Term Start: Monday July 10 to Friday July 14, 2017
Rose Bruford College, Burnt Oak Lane, London, DA15 9
For more information & to register: Facebook / Register
 

Carpetbag Brigade’s UK Summer Stiltasana Intensive at Rose Bruford College is an all day week long seminar with the entire company present. The company’s unique acrobatic stilt vocabulary integrating contact improvisation, butoh dance and physical theater will be shared through warm-ups, technique applications, improvisational frames and compositional exercises.

The seminar is part of Rose Bruford College’s Summer 2017 Master Classes and Workshops and will take place at the campus in Sidcup near London.

All of Carpetag Brigade’s member’s will be present as faculty. Experience the mix of yoga, acrobatic stilts and release based dance work through contact improvisation in an evolving performance modalitywith a low student to teacher ratio, lots of personal attention and different tracks for intermediate and advanced practitioners.

Cost: £525 (British Pound) / £450 (British Pound) with advance registration by April 15th

Registration for the UK Summer Stiltasana Intensive is made through Carpetbag Brigade. Please contact Helen Goodrum with any queries (hg@carpetbagbrigade.com) and register online.

Lodging can be provided by Rose Bruford College for the additional cost of £250 for the week. Lodging includes single occapancy rooms with ensuite bathroom, a share kitchen, laudary facilities, wifi and includes a daily on campus lunch. Participants are not required to stay on campus, but are encouraged to maximize presence. To register for lodging please contact Andrew Scanlan at Rose Bruford College andrew.scanlan@bruford.ac.uk

The training will be rigorous and thorough. Participants will learn various nuances and details of Carpetbag Brigade’s unique acrobatic stilt vocabulary. We will work with still point exercises, partner walks, inversions & oppositions and graceful ground movement all on stilts. Exercises for falling gracefully, effortlessly and safely to the ground will be taught along with a focus on partner work. With a mix of technique and improvisation participants will learn basic tricks on stilts and be given tools to evolve their own sequences.

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates should have an interest in expanding the capacity of the stilt vocabulary and deepening their understanding of how its craft can be applied to open air street theater, repertory performance, community engagement and cross cultural collaboration. Participants will need to be motivated, enthusiastic and prepared to experience the physicality of their body as a path of expression. Previous experience of Stilt work and the knowledge how to walk is required. This IS NOT a beginner’s class. There will be intermediate and advanced tracks.  Participants are required to bring their own stilts.  Ideal length is 60 to 70 cm. up to 1 m stilts acceptable for the acrobatic work. Participants will also need to bring their own kneepads.
Specific elements of the UK Stiltasana Intensive may include:

Ups & Downs – The basic movement needed to transition levels from standing to ground using partners. Moves include lunge down, basket catch, head/handstand flips, lunge pulls, rollups, backdives and the development of experimental forms.

Groundwork – Fluid movement on the floor, using the counterweight of stilts to create momentum and release. Adapting elements of Axis Syllabus inspired movement for rolls, sequences and articulation in the unique limitation of having stilts while on the floor.

Acrostilt DNA – An introduction to the essential core moves for the body in acrostilts. Preparatory exercises for for inversions, downward stiltdog, kickovers, and developing strength and balance on the ground with stilts.

Steps, Spirals & Lines – We examine the basic mechanics of walking and then walking on stilts to explore paths of ease and ways of moving through space to create dynamic contrast and challenge movement habits.

Stilt Contact Basics – An introduction to the fusion of stiltwalking and contact improvisation featuring Carpetbag Brigade’s decade long research applying the principles of contact improvisation. Using duets, trios and group work we explore still point exercises, simple lifts, sculpture forming and dynamic weight sharing

Level Changes – This Intermediate class builds on the Ups & Downs class and works on refining nuances in body composition for increased efficiency in execution. Additional vocabulary includes kickups, candlesticks, dropbacks and slide falls.

Contact Tables – Building on the stilt contact basics, this intermediate class explores the variety of transitions and dynamic sculptural possibilities in and out of tabling. Principles of contact improvisation are applied to the acrostilt vocabulary to explore expressions in level transition.

Precision in Flow – After learning forms how does one begin to use them effectively? How does one partner and maintain energy and presence outward? Precision in Flow looks at the principles beneath the forms so that execution is strong and alive.

Composition Laboratory – This is the petri dish. It is a space to explore ideas and possibilities and integrate learned vocabulary in creative process. It is the space to challenge our personal boundaries in the form and reach for the other side, then return and share the results of our discoveries.

 

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ARCOSANTI, AZ, USA: GLOBAL STILT CONGRESS

Dates TBC
Arcosanti, 13555 S, Cross Rd, Mayer, AZ 86333
For more information:  webpage 
More information about dates and registration coming soon
Global Stilt Congress is a gathering hosted by The Carpetbag Brigade. It serves as an arena for stilt-oriented performers and practitioners to come together, exchange skills, develop craft, and strengthen our stilts community and network. During Global Stilt Congress invited teachers and directors share their techniques, compositional strategies and life experiences through classes, lectures, and a culminating site specific performance project.
A mobile endeavor Global Stilt Congress occurs in different locations for each manifestation. It is two weeks in length with the first week focused on sharing techniques on stilts and the second week focused on a stilts creative process.
 
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