A special 2 x hour workshop on manipulation
‘The Logic of Movement’ with Stephen Mottram
£7 for evening event ticket holders
The Logic of Movement – A manipulation workshop
A workshop about why things move in the way they do, and how knowing about this helps the puppeteer and other stage practitioners to express ideas more successfully to an audience.
The elements which lie behind our vocabulary of movement are quite easy to identify – responses to gravity, the need to move from place to place, tension patterns and changes in movement tempo linked to emotions like fear or pleasure. Similarly we all continually read movement information in the world around us. We judge the speed of cars on the road; know when someone is happy or sad; recognise in the distance our friends and relatives simply by the way they walk.
Our ability to read this movement information lies deep in our animal past. Natural selection has favoured creatures with good survival strategies and knowing what the movement in the world around us means, has been a vital element in the survival of most creatures. As a result, we humans decode movement information with a mind boggling degree of sophistication.
However, almost always in puppet theatre, where moving things about is so obviously a large part of what is being offered to the audience, movement itself is given little conscious attention and at best is assumed to be produced by the intuitive ability of the puppeteer. Often this lack of attention to movement as a principal means of communication leaves performances far short of their potential
During this short workshop we will try to develop a conscious approach to creating credible movement with puppets and identify key issues in communication through movement.