pandas in the making

Posted by: tanya in Don Quixote Blog

Tagged in: Don Quixote

Well here we are in our second week of the Pandas Laboratory.

I call it that (laboratory) because the work we are undertaking is a work of transformation of the actor by herself or himself.

Here the actors take responsability for their process, or their engagement with it, while the director helps by sharing what he sees, observes, knows of his own.

Ours is a theatre where the actors do not simply show a technique or a form they have rehearsed, but rather share with the audience the discoveries, often very personal, on how to be together and relate to each other in a different way than their daily life. The hope is that this is something that the audience come to see and experience for themselves with the actor as the channel(s) for their own transformation.

And so with such a high ambition for our work, and where we take our practice very seriously, we are also humble and not take ourselves too seriously, like the Panda in the film, we are aware of our inadequacies, our failings, our doubts. And like the Panda we understand that there are no secrets (or like Brook!), only practice.

To the writers : we should be able to give you 4-5 scenes to edit by next week-end. We have added quite a bit of text from the original propositions, and are now well on the way to a clear methodology for the meeting between Shakespeare and Don Quixote. A few more days still to be able to share with you.