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Workshop (Calgary): Grand Emotions – Alice Nelson – Morpheus Theatre

Workshop (Calgary): Grand Emotions – Alice Nelson – Morpheus Theatre

With Alice Nelson

Sunday, February 19, 10:00 – 4:45

Melodrama is the naturalism of our dreams” – Eric Bently

In melodrama all the grand emotions come into play: good and evil, morality with innocence, sacrifice, treason, etc. The goal being to provoke real empathy from the audience. This can only be achieved if the characters believe in absolute values, and with such conviction that they are ready to sacrifice themselves. Melodrama is not outdated, it is of today and is all around us, in the man waiting for the telephone to ring to hear if he has a job, in the war-torn family, in the migrant worker etc.

Melodramatic situations demand a heightened physical and emotional response and expression within the given situation. Students will explore minimum to maximum exercises in grand emotions, truth in size through gestural work and melodramatic contemporary scene work.

Be brave and step into the light of grand emotions.


Alice is an actor, producer, director, playwright, clown, improviser, and artistic bohemian. She holds an MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California, where she trained in Clown, Commedia, Melodrama, Tragedy, Mask, Improvisation and Ensemble Creation.

Alice has toured Canada and the U.S.A. with her shows Local Celebrity, Elephant, RAUNCH: The Rise of Female Chauvinist Pigs and Swashbucklers. This season she is directing Sleeping Beauty at Loose Moose Theatre and Picasso at the Lapin Agile for Morpheus Theatre. Alice has also been chosen as this season’s Emerging Director with Lunchbox Theatre.

Where: Lower Level, Parkdale Community Centre (3512 5 Avenue NW)
Cost: $40 (discounts available for groups of 5 or more, Or, register for 3 workshops and get the 3rd one for 50% off! Contact Morpheus Theatre for details)

Refreshments served from 9:30 to 9:50am.
Lunch break from 1:00 to 1:45pm (please bring your own food and drink)

For more information or to register, please visit our website at, or call (403) 246-2999.
This valuable workshop is presented at this low price in the spirit of community theatre.

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