Proto-type leads workshops, master-classes and training sessions for a wide variety of groups. To date, this has included professional performers in Busan, South Korea, and undergraduate students in Bristol, Leeds, Scarborough, Crewe and Lancaster UK as well as Asheville (NC), New York, San Francisco, USA and Yerevan, Armenia.
The following workshops are available:
|| Video Foley – age 15+ all skill/experience levels, max 25 participants, 3-4 hours (longer version available)
This workshop builds on the work of Proto-type’s Virtuoso (working title) and allows students to explore the use of live video in performance. Proto-type company members will introduce participants to the technology used in Virtuoso (working title), demonstrate the construction of perfect televisual images from fragmented live source material and lead the group in creating short performances using the technology.
|| Headphone Performance Workshop – age 15+ all skill/experience levels, max 25 participants, 4 hours (longer version available)
This workshop includes a primer on the creation of live sound effects using the film technique ‘foley’ and will see workshop participants creating their own short performances using this technique. Participants will also learn how to use the headphone technology employed in Whisper and will work in small groups to develop original material.
|| Using Technology in Performance – age 18+ professional artists, max 15 participants, 6 hours (shorter version available)
This workshop looks at issues of using media in performance and explores techniques for using live feeds, recorded video, screens, projections, televisions, the internet, GPS and other technology in the context of live performance. Participants will be exposed to case studies from Proto-type’s work and from the work of other practitioners and will create short performances of their own to conclude the workshop.
|| How to Give Feedback – age 15+ all skill/experience levels, max 20 participants, 1.5 hours
This workshop is a primer for how to get and give constructive feedback when showing work in progress or completed performance work. It is most appropriate for practicing artists but can be adapted to work with university groups or colleges. Participants will learn about “critical response,” a technique developed by the American choreographer Liz Lerman, and will employ it to give constructive, useful feedback to each other.
The company is also available to teach devising and other less specialised workshops upon request and we are happy to create custom workshops where appropriate. Contact us at admin [@] proto-type [dot] org to request a workshop.
Summer School 2009
In July 2009 Proto-type Theater ran a six-day summer school at our home, The Storey, in Lancaster (UK). The Proto-type Summer School 2009 offered a chance for eight adventurous young makers to develop their practice by working with Proto-type. The summer school was a mixture of workshop/training sessions, new work development and social time, all themed around the question, “Where do lost things go.” Proto-type company members each delivered a series of provocations to the participants around various forms of loss, which inspired the development of short performance works. Participants worked in groups and individually to develop their short performance pieces and received critical feedback and guidance on developing their practice. The weeklong workshop culminated in a showing of their works, which ranged from durational performances to solos, to duets and dances.
Quotes from participants:
“I really enjoyed the freedom to explore many and varied possibilities of performance. The help and support from everyone throughout the week and the chance to explore our own work.”
“The knowledge and diverse range of opportunities were something I couldn’t get anywhere else.”
“Enjoyed it beyond words.”
THE GOOD, THE GOD & THE GUILLOTINE
(info coming soon)
THIRD PERSON: BONNIE & CLYDE (REDUX)
BUNNY’S LAST NIGHT IN LIMBO
DVDS & Books!
Proto-type is pleased to have beautiful DVDs of Whisper and Virtuoso (working title) available for purchase. Copies for individual use are available for only £15; for institutions/libraries DVDs can be purchased for £25 each. We also have the FORTNIGHT books and some scripts for sale. Visit our SHOP to see everything on offer.