Workshop: The Silent Performer with Viktor Lukawski, Canadian Stage

Canadian Stage, in collaboration with Single Thread Theatre Company, invites emerging artists to participate in an exciting free workshop run by Viktor Lukawski in our Berkeley Street Rehearsal Hall.

When:  Friday, April 4 and Saturday April 5, 2014 from 6pm to 10pm
Where:  The Rehearsal Hall at 26 Berkeley St
How much: free for all Canadian Stage GYM members
Deadline to apply:  Friday March 28, 2014 – but apply early as space is limited!

To apply to participate:  Make sure that you are a Canadian Stage GYM member (see below for how to sign up!). No qualifications required other than a willingness to move around and play, and an interest in movement and physical theatre! Submit a bio or a resume to

“Be quiet, play, and theatre will be born!”
– Jacques Lecoq

THE SILENT PERFORMER – PART ONE: FROM SILENCE is a two-evening intensive focusing on the dynamics of performance through silent play.

The workshop allows the participant to rediscover speech through the impulses existing in the body. We will be exploring elements of mime, mask work, and improvisation, through carefully crafted exercises that challenge the performer to hone in on the performance and cut the fat of unnecessary and verbose acting choices and storytelling.

We will be doing away with “talking heads” on stage. If a performer is wondering what should be done with one’s hands in a scene, this workshop will eradicate those thoughts.

The Silent Performer is not only a workshop focused in performance, but also in construction of well-crafted works. The workshop provides an understanding of rhythm, tempo, space, and form, whether it be in writing, choreography, or music— therefore, it is geared towards artists in all performance arts: writers, actors, musicians, directors, dancers, etc.

THE SILENT PERFORMER is a workshop that aims to sharpen the skills of the artist, to develop the performer’s body in the performance space, and to make greater focus and precision on the voice in relation to the body.

“We begin with silence, for the spoken word often forgets the roots from which it grew, and it is a good thing for participants to begin by placing themselves in the position of primal naïveté, a state of innocent curiosity.”

– Jacques Lecoq, The Moving Body

Viktor Lukawski is an international theatre and film artist and freelance instructor. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (BAH Theatre) in Canada and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He has performed and developed new works in the UK, France, and Poland. As a company member of Wet Picnic in England, he has co-written and performed in several productions, including Death and Gardening, which was well received at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. He is the artistic director of ZOU Theatre Company, which is in the process of developing a new show, Business As Usual, at the Theatre Centre in Spring 2014. As a musician, he has composed songs and scores for films and theatre, most notably for a production of Dr. Faustus directed by Jillian Keiley (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland). Other theatre includes: The Double (TheatreRUN), Ignorance (Old Trout Puppet Workshop), Shostakovich, or 3 Days in Red (TheatreRUN), Four Corners (FIXT Point/ Theatre Passe Muraille), SplasH20 (Edge of the Woods Theatre/ Houppz Théâtre), Anne and Gilbert (Thousand Islands Playhouse). Selected Directing: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo (ZOU theatre company), Consumer Circus (Theatre Passe Muraille).

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