Theatre Junction GRAND presents…
A Suzuki Technique Workshop with Peter Balkwill of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop
Program dates: March 21, 2015 (5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Application deadline: March 16th, 2015
Founded on a ranch in southern Alberta in 1999, The Old Trouts lived communally and premiered their first show to a bunkhouse full of cowboys and Hutterites, eventually re-locating the company to Calgary. Since its creation, Famous Puppet Death Scenes has subsequently toured across the world, delighting a global audience with The Old Trouts dramatically engaging and visually stunning aesthetic. Theatre Junction is thrilled to partner with The Festival of Animated Objects to present the return of The Old Trouts to our theatre. Featuring an all-new cast and some brand-new scenes, we invite you to once again re-live The Old Trouts promise of an ever-lasting life – or experience it for the first time.
Space is limited; To participate in the workshops please register in advance through our box office by calling 403.205.2922 or please email Courtney at [email protected]
Peter Balkwill is a co-artistic director, and director of workshops at the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in Calgary, Alberta. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from University of Victoria. While studying he focused almost exclusively on the physical application of theatre. All work ties to a series of ideas that move towards articulation within the silent narrative, clarity without text, and the physical unity of an ensemble.
The Suzuki method works to build an actor’s awareness of his body, especially his center. The method uses exercises that are inspired by Greek theater and martial arts and require great amounts of energy and concentration. They result in the actor becoming more aware of their natural expressiveness and allow them to commit more fully to the physical and emotional requirements of acting.