Over its more than twenty years of existence, Farm in the Cave has been passing on its way of working with physical and musical expression in international workshops which are based on their experiences from their research, training and performance creation. Selected workshops are culminated by a public presentation – „Action.”
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
During the workshops company members share various ways of working with expressions which go beyond the borders of the genres of physical, dramatic, dance, or musical theater, and with composition of individual or collective actions. The materials for work with expressions and attentiveness are specific cultural manifestations (songs, rhythms, physical text), space, grounding of the body and voice, the quality of movements and narrations through the intention of an individual part of the body. The shape of movements, intonation of voices, and tectonics of rhythm are materializations of ineffable aspects of human experience, and a way to overcome the borders of autonomy.
Workshop participants have the unique opportunity to try out the practical processes of the creative and authorial work in collaboration with company members who give them individual attention.
Workshops concluding with an „Action” are focused on practical guidance toward a fixed scenic shape that is assembled on the basis of musical principles arising out of mutual connections, emphasizing a precise synchronicity. Thus participants have a unique opportunity to try out Farm in the Cave’s process of preparing a performance.
The workshops are typically organized in Prague, or by invitation at festivals, schools or other organizations in the Czech Republic and abroad.
”The body of the actor is like soil or an unknown land which (s)he has inherited. Culture and the body that inherited are supposed to be taken over by the exertion of personal development.“ Jana Pilátová
The physical score / Immerse performing
The workshop will introduce participants to various ways of creating the physical score, focusing on the relationship between the inner structure and the outer composition of action, between rhythm and meaning, between living presence and precise fixing of elements. It will inspire participants in their daily practice, thus leading them from training to creation.
The creation of action and a physical text
The physical text is not only a counterbalance to the verbal text, but a basic and individual articulation of a dancer, actor and performer on stage.
Musicality in the theatre and scenic art in music
The workshop will focus on the interpretational and compositional works using music as a material for theatre. A rediscovery of musical structures as a determining compositional principle for theatre and communication through non-verbal expressions generally.
Specific training and creation of a theatrical language
How the elements of expressions in a given culture can be transformed to the actor’s training first and then to the bodily messages. The workshop will offer the practical exercises Farm in the Cave´s actors go through during the creation of the performance, for which the ’farmers‘ became a new school of working with the expression.
Action 1 (The creation of action and a physical text)
18th of December 2010, NoD Roxy
Actin 2 (Specific training and creation of a theatrical language)
7th of March 2011, NoD Roxy
Action 3 (Musicality in the theatre and scenic art in music)
21st of December 2011, Alfréd ve dvoře
Concept, organization and leading the workshops Farma v jeskyni
"Actions´" scenic composition and direction Viliam Dočolomanský, Farma v jeskyni
"Actions" performed by účastníci dílen a členové a spolupracovníci Farmy v jeskyni / workshop participants and Farm in the Cave members and cooperators
Farm in the Cave’s standard space requirements for performances are as follows: a space with good acoustics which can also be completely silent during performances; typically we use a black box or site-specific space with minimal dimensions of 10 x 10 meters, with a height of 6 meters; at least 6 months before the performance our technical team of 2-4 persons must make a preparatory visit.
The organizers pay for: fees; costs of shipping scenography; personnel transport; local transportation to the performance location; housing; per-diems; costs connected with preparatory technical visit. The organizer agrees to pay for costs of equipment rental if the space to be used does not have the equipment necessary.