MAY INTENSIVE WITH CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TOM PEARSON

Creating Immersive Work: Movement-Based Studies in Conflict

This new intensive offered by Third Rail Projects Founder and Co-Artistic Director Tom Pearson will feature four aspects of an inquiry into conflict in immersive theater, one per week through the month of May. These offerings may be taken all together or individually, and each will focus on a different type of conflict and relationship that is unique to site-specific and experiential storytelling, as crafted from the perspectives of both author and performer. All sections of the intensive will be heavily movement-based in terms of their initial focus, though we will also work with additional ideas around text, environment, objects, the senses, textures, and proximity.

All courses in this intensive are open to all skill levels.  A dance or movement-based theater background is not required but useful. A willingness and ability to move and explore are the requisites.


Creating Immersive Work: Conflict with Self 
W/ Tom Pearson

Wednesday, May 3 – 11:00am - 2:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward
$60

The first section of this four-part intensive with Co-Artistic Director Tom Pearson, introduces the idea of theatrical conflict as it applies to immersive theater. We will look first at dynamic solo movement as a way of crafting soliloquy, allowing the viewer into more private and symbolic spaces with a single character. How do we craft immersive solo material, and how does it fit into the larger structure of our work? How are movement soliloquies useful in leveling audiences through an experience-based narrative? And what are the messages they can convey? What is the audience relationship to these “overseen” moments?


Creating Immersive Work: Conflict with Scene Partners
W/ Tom Pearson

Wednesday, May 10 – 11:00am - 2:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward
$60

Part two of the conflict series redefines the traditional two-person scene as we look at creating movement-based duets for unusual spaces and unusual circumstances, considering that our audiences are also a part of the dynamic and population of the scene. What are the stakes between two people when a third party is implicit and how does that alter the tactics, the structures, and the way in which a narrative unfolds? We will look at a series of strategies for allowing our story to emerge through opposites and tasks, as well as through competition and shifting status.


Creating Immersive Work: Conflict with Environment
W/ Tom Pearson

Wednesday, May 17 – 11:00am - 2:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward
$60

The third in our conflict series looks at a key component of all site-specific and immersive work, one of its most unique and rewarding aspects, the ability to partner with real-world architecture. Treating an environment as a partner and pulling from energy-based techniques as well as good contact improvisation practices, we will explore a wide range of possibilities for creating movement in relation to objects, furniture, and architecture that range from meditative nuance to percussive abandon. 


Creating Immersive Work: Conflict with Audience
W/ Tom Pearson

Wednesday, May 24 – 11:00am - 2:00pm
at The Kingsland Ward
$60

The fourth and last in our conflict series will look at one-on-ones, where a single audience member and a single performer share a space and a scene together. It is one of the most unique experiences available to audience members within the immersive format. Creating dynamic one-on-one engagements and intimate encounters require a very different kind of storytelling, one which requires the presence of an audience member but also allows them enough space and recognition to be themselves and not necessarily "play a part." What can we do with an audience? How can we be legible to them? How can we challenge assumptions and deliver a unique experience to them that is carefully crafted and leads them through a narrative experience while simultaneously honoring their own choice-making and sense of agency?


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