PlayMoves - Movement Workshop for Performance

This workshop is for actor, physical theatre performers, circu, clown, dancer, singers, musicians, directors, theatre makers and teachers.
6 January 2020 to 10 January 2020
Brisbane, Australia.
9.30 - 1.30
Integrating Awareness Through Movement Feldenkrais with ensemble performance games and playfulness.


Movement Workshop for Performance 

Facilitated by Anna Yen

BRISWEST Centre, 132 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. Brisbane. Qld. Australia.

January 6 – 10, 2020

9.30am - 1.30 pm

This workshop is for performers, actors, singers, circus performers, clowns, musicians, dancers, performance devisors, directors and drama teachers.

The program includes:

- games to invite our playfulness and the pleasure to be on stage

- performance exercises to explore what it means “to be present” and in “complicity” with other performers

- movement sequences from the Feldenkrais Method designed to heighten the perception of one’s self-use, rediscover an organic sense of movement with more ease and less tension, and discover options.

- rhythm as a foundation for creative play

- writing exercises that begin from the physical

PlayMoves  is facilitated by performer and Feldenkrais Practitioner Anna Yen. It is inspired by renowned European theatre teacher Monika Pagneux. Our quest is to awaken the performer, inviting the attentive and joyful performing physical presence that marries risk with vulnerability and self-confidence with authenticity.

Dates:    Monday January 6 – Friday January 10, 2020

Time:     9.30 am – 1.30 pm

Venue:  BrisWest Centre,  La Trobe Tce, Paddington, Brisbane. Qld. Australia.

Payment:  $AUD 325 / $300 Early Bird Payment by Dec 6, 2019.

Bookings: Pre-booking and prepayment are required for this workshop. Please email to book. If this is your first time at a PlayMoves workshop, please include a brief biog and a short statement on why you are keen to participate. Numbers are limited. Anna’s  SMS / Mobile (+61 )0417 623 886,  (+61) 7 3846 1651.

Payments: Payment can be made by Direct Deposit - Account Name: Anna Yen BSB: 06 4131 Account Number: 00655275. CBA. Please include your name with payment and inform Anna by email that payment has been made.

Comments from PlayMoves participants:

"This has been the most awakening and inspiring workshop I have attended in a while. Really wonderful.” Actor

"I feel as though I've been woken up - opened to new ways of being and reminded of others I'd forgotten.” Musician

“Extremely valuable. Workshops like this one help to reaffirm one's creativity.”  Actor


Insuring Failure – Clown Workshop  January 7 – 9, 2020

2.30 – 4.30pm. Led by Anna Yen & Jeff Turpin. 

Requirement: Participation in PlayMoves January 6-10, 2020, and willingness to find pleasure in public failure.

Clown Workshop Payment $AUD 125 / $95 Early Bird Payment by December 6, 2019.

Anna Yen is a performer, theatre maker, and Feldenkrais Method ® practitioner. Her work spans theatre, contemporary circus, physical theatre, and film. Anna is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship, a Matilda Award Commendation for her acclaimed “Chinese Take Away”, a Best Costume Design Matilda Award with GUSH co-creators for “Monsteria”, and a Churchill Fellowship. She teaches Awareness Through Movement at the QCM and  is a trainer at Vulcana Circus. Anna performed in “The Serpent’s Table” Sydney Festival, ‘It All Begins With Love”, and “Monsteria” 2017 / 2018. She was a Finalist for the 2018 Qld Premier’s Drama Award. Anna has taught PlayMoves in Perth, Townsville, Cairns, Melbourne, Wollongong, Maleny Magnetic Island, Bellbrae and Brisbane.

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