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pandas resting

Posted by: tanya in Don Quixote Blog

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The Pandas took the day off today, after 5 days of intense workshop and training.

Not completely of course, after a morning of leasure and shopping and washing, back to the space for a few hours of "stick work". This is sunday after all!

Note to the writers left in England : we have started work on chapter 6, looking for the methodology of creating the scene from the book, and using the text from shakespeare. My hunch is that it is going to take another week before we can send you our findings for editing and writing a first draft of the scenes. I hope we can get through 5 more before friday.

I am writing down and filming the "best bits". Each actor is working on one character from the whole corpus of S., I have added one more to work on for next week. They should have two characters each, and they can only use one at a time in each scene.

It is remarquable how much the same text (or bits of it) can fit so many different situations, and they are starting to be able to play with the language within the situation in a creative and often very poetic way. William would not have been ashamed. This is going to take some time of course, and it is still only a third of their task for each day.

The singing is getting along as well, and the physical training is going well. So a good first week. We've also worked on the Kalari way of the stick and the Keno way of the stick (lead by Keiko), useful to move and feel and think in a different way than our own training, for the body and the soul!

A good first week.


the Panda sessions

Posted by: tanya in Don Quixote Blog

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the PANDA SESSION have just opened. the company is gathered once again and has started work in the welcoming Laboratorium space at the Grotowski Institute for 2 months of painstaking, passionate work on our new production - the improbably and frankly quite daring Don Quixote and Shakespeare. Let the adventure begin...

The Don Blog

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The Don is the code name given to our project on Cervantes and Shakespeare ; we are attempting or rather using as the starting point the premise that both writers have in common the same exact world, one has created the narrative, the other the poetic/theatric language for it.

At the core of our work is the idea that there is a specific phenomenon called theatre, and our dedication to its subsistance.

This summer we gather again as a company to further our Laboratory, and to reach a methodology for creating performative structures that would make theatre out or Cervantes and Shakespeare together.

In the process, we will train as of last year a group of dedicated trainees for three weeks, sharing with them our findings and our practice, and leading them to a presentation of their intensive sessions.

The Panda sessions are starting on the 4th of July and will last until the 31 of august.