International Centre for Movement Programme curated by MA Movement: Directing and Teaching

International Centre for Movement
Programme curated by
MA Movement: Directing and Teaching

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The ICM is a new centre for the ongoing professional development of movement teachers, movement directors and other movement practitioners working in theatre, actor training and allied fields.  In its pilot year the aim of the centre is to hold a series of 4 encounters that will develop movement practitioners through practical workshops and to connect movement practitioners across specialisms. The first series of workshops include:

Workshop Series One: Rhythm and Sensation

Chisato Ohno and Debbie Green
Saturday 13th December 2014
10-12am and 12:30-2:30
2:30-4pm Open Space for dialogue and response (optional)
Location: Clean Rehearsal Room

Imagery and Sensation with Chisato Ohno

Chisato Ohno’s workshop will be a session based on Gaga the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, director of the Batsheva Dance Company to help dancers reconnect to the way they move. Gaga is an evolving language of movement research designed to access an ever-expanding range of physicality through the imagery of sensation. It is a unique form of dance that is highly experiential and encourages individuality as well as joy in movement

Of Rhythms with Debbie Green

Debbie Green’s workshop offers an exploration of grounding and free flow integral to Roth’s Rhythm of Flowing and their relationship with Staccato, the next of Roth’s 5 Rhythms. Also introduced is how it is that from these two the other three Rhythms of Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness may emerge. She has found this work gives the actor experience of dance that is not concerned with how it looks, moving with abandon and as a result identifying when s/he does not allow freedom in movement. It offers the actor an experiential grasp of the scope of different rhythms as movement qualities to embody.

Workshop Series Two: Energy in Action
Ian Morgan and Ali Hodge
Saturday 21st March 2015
10-12 and 12:30-2:30
2:30-4pm Open Space for dialogue and response (optional)
Location: Clean Rehearsal Room

Source and Flow with Ian Morgan

Releasing unexplored psychophysiological potential through play provides a rich way of opening the doorway to embodied performing. However, the process is necessarily different for each one of us. Through solo, couple and group exercise we will seek to provoke the spontaneous, yet precise, reactions that stir the body-self in truly surprising ways. These exceptional moments are rarely repeatable but the creative flow from which they emerge can be nurtured and then visited again, and again.

Core Training and Relationship with Alison Hodge

Core Training identifies a common set of principles:  Energetics, polyphonic attention and sensory engagement, all of which are explored through key themes: ground and weight, breath, relationships with others. The matrix of practical exercises offered through Core Training enable actors to explore these principles, developing their skills through physical and vocal partnerships. The emphasis is on the relational body whether that is in exploring responsiveness to another actor, the space, sound or thing.  This practical work will introduce participants to preliminary training exercises emphasizing the relational aspect of the work and elaborating on the key principles and themes.

Biographies of Workshop Leaders

Chisato Ohno

Chisato Ohno danced with Netherlands Dans Theater 2 for four years and then continued to Batsheva Dance Company where she was involved in four new creations and many other works of Ohad Naharin. She then joined Karas Company of Saburo Teshigawara for two premieres and tours of other repertory. She returned to London and has been teaching Gaga since 2005 and joined the faculty at London Contemporary Dance School in 2013.

Debbie Green

Debbie Green, Senior Lecturer teaches movement on the 3-Year Acting course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She specialises in first and second year class-work for the long-term process of developing the actor’s body through focus on fundamental bodywork and form, including Contact Improvisation for the Actor, Rhythms as Qualities, Presence in the Space, The Sensual & Energetic Body and Limber.

As a practitioner-researcher, projects have included ‘Grounded foot to leaping foot’ with Ita O’Brien; co-author with Vanessa Ewan of the newly published ‘Actor Movement: Expression of the Physical Being’.

Alison Hodge

Alison Hodge is the Artistic Director of The Quick and The Dead, an international theatre research company. Since 2005, she has developed a physical approach to acting: Core Training. See the DVD: Core Training for the Relational Actor published by Routledge in 2013. The Company’s multi-media installation, You Looking At Me will open at the Gulbenkian Centre of Modern Art in Lisbon in 2016.

She was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Alibi and an Artistic Associate of Gardzienice Theatre, Poland. Her publications include (2000) Twentieth Century Actor Training, Routledge, (2003) Hidden Territories: The Theatre of Gardzienice, Routledge, co-authored with Wlodzimierz Staniewski and (2010) Actor Training (second edition) Routledge.

Alison teaches at RADA and leads workshops internationally. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was a Reader in Theatre Practice for twenty years.

Ian Morgan

Ian is currently Course Leader of the MA in Actor Training and Coaching at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an Associate teacher at RADA and a teaching fellow at Brunel University.

He trained with Monika Pagneux in Paris and worked with Jerzy Grotowski at his Workcenter in Italy (1992–95). He has performed / devised with Teatro Pirequa at the Théâtre du Soleil; the Centre of Performance Research; Meredith Monk; Guillermo Gómez – Peña; Mkultra Performance Collective; U-Man Zoo; Man Act; Zecora Ura and directed for Moon Fool at Trestle Theatre. Since 2004 he has been a member of Song of the Goat Theatre in Poland.  Performing in the award winning performances Chronicles: A Lamentation, Lacrimosa, Macbeth and Songs of Lear.

More recently he has worked with physical theatre practitioner Dan Canham and Still House on the verbatim piece Ours Was a Fen Country (NT: Shed; national and international touring) and created and performed Fragments of Clay (with director Peader Kirk) for the Hong Kong Rep’s Black Box Festival and national touring in 2014.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY, UK

Your place on each day of workshops is bookable in advance for £12 ( + £1.37 booking fee) on

Please wear comfortable movement clothing and announce yourself at reception when you arrive.

Series Three and Four are planned for Saturday 27th June 2015 and Saturday 26th September 2015

Please email Ayse Tashkiran on the MA Movement: Directing and Teaching co course leader with any queries