International Summer School 2022

18 July - 12 August 2022

Introduction

 

After eighteen months in a global pandemic, we are VERY pleased to be planning a full return to the studio for our regular and popular international summer school program, which will take place at the EDEN studios in Berlin. The International Summer School 2022 will run for four weeks from 18th July to 12th August 2022.

 

Full Details are coming very soon! If you would like to be first to hear the details, simply Contact us at the school!

 

As always, you will be able choose which workshops to take part in, and each of the workshops gives you an insight into different aspects of our movement-based pedagogy for performing arts practitioners interested in creating their own work. Whether you are a performer, director, writer for the stage, or a practitioner with a different artistic background – if you are interested in creating original work within a collaborative setting, we hope to offer you an environment for creative practice and encounters with fellow artists from around the world.

We look forward to meeting you in the studio soon!

Introduction and welcome

Welcome to the International Summer School 2022!

Over 4 weeks we offer practitioners from around the world the possibility to explore our pedagogy and philosophy. As an internationally recognized school in the field of devised theatre and performance we have welcomed students from some 60 different countries and dedicate our research to the development of each individual student and your wish to become the artist you wish to be.

Each of our summer school workshops explores a different aspect of the creative process, all of them have a highly movement-based approach. It is our understanding that no matter whether you are interested in performing, acting, directing, film making, composing, writing or choreographing, whether you work in the performing, healing or educational arts, that it is through the practice of embodiment that you develop a deeper understanding of the ways the world moves (you) and how you would like to move the world. 

Our pedagogy is rooted in the movement-based teachings of the late French theatre reformer Jacques Lecoq, our main goal is to support the individual and collaborative research of our students at the beginning of the 21st century, wherever it takes them. Developing creative autonomy and a strong sense of ownership over one’s own creative practice are cornerstones of our philosophy, and each of the methods and techniques we work with are in support of this goal.

 So if you would like to take another step towards widening your creative horizons, join us in the summer. We look forward to meeting you !

Thomas Prattki

Founder of arthaus.berlin International Training and Research Centre gGmbH

Week 1 : Night Sea Journeys

18-22 July 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

Travelling like the heroines and heroes of all times into the Unknown, crossing shadowlands and descending into underworlds – the mythological motif of the night sea journey is one of the most well-known images for the process of personal individuation and the development of one’s own autonomy through awareness for and embodiment of the Self. The workshop explores the motif through different approaches, from “drifts” into the Unknown in the city of Berlin and the work with masks and myths, to the creation of performative vignettes (video, collage, movement, soundscapes, etc) which explore contemporary approaches to autonomy and our shifting understanding of Self at the beginning of the 21st century.

These 5 days give interested participants as well an introduction to our 3-year modular MA/MFA and certificate program in Integral Movement and Performance Practice, which we offer in collaboration with Rose Bruford College in London/UK.

Week 2 : Meeting the Trickster Within

25-29 July 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

Taking trickster tales from around the world as a point of departure, the workshop explores the archetype of the boundary-crosser, the rule breaker, the holder of opposites, her/his/their role in the creative process and our relationship with her/him/them within ourselves. As a shapeshifter, dream weaver, mythmaker, healer and bringer of chaos and new visions, the trickster is a powerful and mysterious presence not only in ancient mythology, but also in our creative process. Through movement, embodiment, painting, sculpting and writing participants will connect with mythological images and stories, but also with their inner trickster.

These 5 days give interested participants as well an introduction to our 3-year modular MA/MFA and certificate program in Integral Movement and Performance Practice, which we offer in collaboration with Rose Bruford College in London/UK.

Week 3 - Playfulness and Imagination

1-5 August 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

An exploration of the pleasures to connect with our boundless playfulness and imagination as a prerequisite for creating original work. From playing outdoor games to playing with objects, from imagining to be a fantastical animal to embodying a cubist painting, from the seriousness of play to playful seriousness, these days invite you to an experience, where the boundaries between what is real and what we imagine do not exist, opening the gates to worlds beyond our rational understanding, waiting already for so long to be discovered and to safe us.

Week 4 : Embodied Storytelling

8-12 August 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

A 5-day exploration of movement-based individual and ensemble storytelling formats, from “platform storytelling” with its cartoon-style images to epic storytelling with its grand emotions, from working with Balinese masks and its typology to the creation of dramatic characters. All the stories during this workshop will be written and devised by the participants themselves, giving priority to the performer as creator of her/his/their own work. The workshop will conclude with a presentation of the devised material.