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Six week Short Course running on Wednesday evenings

19th April-24th May 2017


Lead by Lukas Angelini, these training sessions explore Asian performance techniques especially the Suzuki Method. The training sessions seek to explore the participant’s emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on stage. Movements are initiated from the centre of the body in which the performers increase their relationship with the ground as well as with the ensemble.

The sessions address and develop a variety of skills that are useful for actors of all performance genres, such as physical strength, control and co-ordination, concentration, energy, breathing, voice and spatial awareness.
The sessions are varied and physically demanding. The training sessions will give you insight into a practice that focuses on the process rather than on a fixed end-product. These sessions are suited for both beginners and experienced performers. It helps to come with a ‘beginner’s mind’ as in such a mind are many possibilities.

Lukas Angelini
Trained as an actor in Zurich, Switzerland and worked with many different theatre companies in Europe and the UK. He trained with the SITI company in Europe and the US. He is a co-founder of the Theatre Training Initiative in London and works as an Associate Artist for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He teaches at various UK drama schools and universities. He loves experimental theatre and was a member of Apocryphal Theatre. He practices Zen Buddhism and loves Hot Yoga



Two day weekend intensive

8th + 9th April 2017

10:00-16:00 each day

This highly physical weekend intensive inspired by the teachings of legendary theatre practitioner, Jerzy Grotowski aims to promote the relationship between actor, space and spectator.

Lead by Magda Stawman-Tuka, this programme will focus on spacial awareness and how the actor and the space work together. Via Negativa will dictate the approaches throughout the course to enable the actor to eradicate obstacles and lead to a state of impulse and essence.

The intensive aims to help the actor discover a deeper physical understanding of mind, body and space in performance contexts, stripping back to achieve a greater performance experience which they will be able to take directly into any performance setting.

Magda Stawman-Tuka
Actress, dramaturge, performer, movement teacher, president of company Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne (Tuka Wach)

Madga has been working in theatre for over 20 years, starting from mime courses and later working for 10 years as an actress and workshops leader with Warsaw-based theatre group Studium Teatralne. In 2006, she graduated from the Warsaw Theatre Academy (MA), and the following year received her Actor’s Diploma from ZASP. Madga is a regular practitioner at Fourth Monkey.


Two day weekend intensive
3rd + 4th June 2017

10:00-14:15 each day

10:00-11:15: Gaga Class
11:30-12:30: Choreography Session
13:15-14:15: Improvisation Session
 Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, parallel to his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company.
Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body, adding flexibility, stamina, agility, coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. Gaga classes are predicated on listening to the body and responding to physical sensations.

Each day will be structured with a Gaga class, followed by a movement material/choreography workshop. After lunch sessions will explore the bodies possibilities in improvisation tasks.

The intensive is open to all dancers, physical actors, movers, people aware of their physicality that are willing to learn something new or to bring a different flavour to their daily training.

Extra places are available for the Gaga class only (morning session 10:00-11:15) at £10 per session per day. Booking for these classes can be done via the link below and selecting Gaga class Sat/Sun to book your place.

Natalia Iwaniec
Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and Gaga teacher based in London. She finished her Master’s in Theatre in Cracow and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wroclaw, Poland. From September 2010-September 2012 she lived in Tel Aviv exploring the Gaga movement language and was a part of the first Gaga Teachers Training Programme, certified by Ohad Naharin in 2012.

Natalia has taught Gaga in professional contemporary dance schools such as Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (UK) as a guest teacher. Natalia has worked with dance companies and theatres such as NDCWales in Cardiff (UK), Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds (UK), Central Europe Dance Theatre in Budapest (Hungary), Studio Matejka in Wroclaw (Poland) amongst others.

Natalia is working as a dancer and choreographer, developing international projects and is one of the founders of London based NaNa Collective.

Course Date Day Time Book Now
Suzuki Method 19th April-24th May Wednesdays 18:00-20:00 Book Here
Grotowski 8th + 9th April Saturday + Sunday 10:00-16:00 Book Here
Gaga Weekend 3rd + 4th June Saturday + Sunday 10:00-14:15 Book Here