Theatre in Nature 2016

Based in Bradbury Hall and nearby trails, physical theatre training in a natural environment.

Leaving the City… When we train or work as performers, usually we’re coming in off the street or MTR into a studio space a few times a week. We cannot help but be influenced by our environment, and what we create becomes a product of the city rather than a reflection on it. By leaving the city behind and working in a natural environment, we can fully commit to performance training and regain the essential parts of our humanity that are being lost through the overcrowding and technology we are adapting to.

Our main instructor – Ivor’s performance and movement training is influenced by groups working in natural environment; and in particular his time living, training and performing with Gardzienice. His approach involves site-specific performance techniques and demanding physical training that heightens the actor’s awareness of self, others, and our environment. Alongside methods from European theatre practitioners, Ivor incorporates training from his background in tai chi.

Another main instructor – Billy’s movement training focuses on the psycho-physical process of acting, and methods of building an ensemble. Billy is passionate about sharing a variety of methods and the work of different movement practitioners, but emphasis will be placed on Laban’s movement philosophy, physical actions and exercises relating to elements. Billy is also a certified yoga instructor, and he includes yoga training for actors as a way of balancing the physical, psychological and mental bodies and enhancing one’s self-realisation.

Application and Enquiries

If you are interested in enrolling in our camp or if you have any enquires, please call, send an email or Facebook message to Rooftop Productions. We will get back to you!

Enquiries No.: 9231 9196 (Michelle) Enquires E-mail: info@rooftopproductions.hk Facebook: Theatre in Nature

Tutor Biography

Ivor Houlker

Ivor Houlker is a multidisciplinary performer and theatre artist, who works internationally as an actor, musician and director. He specialises in physical theatre and site-specific performances, involving live music, choral movement, multimedia projection, sound installation, and audience interaction. Ivor also writes computer programmes/apps to make new types of interaction possible.

Course Details

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Date: 13-16/10/2016 (Thu-Sun) Location: Sai Kung Bradbury Hall (TBC), hiking trails and surrounding beaches Gathering time & place: 12 noon, 13th September @ San Po Kong/Sai Kung Town Centre Finish time & place: 3pm, 20th September @ Wong Shek Pier/Sai Kung Town Centre Fee: $2,400 Quota: 12-16 Main Instructors: Ivor Houlker, Billy Sy Course Content: Sunrise Yoga, Sunset Run, Tai-Chi in the water, Mutuality Training, Rhythm work, ‘Psychophysical’ Actor Training, Site-specific performance making, Polyphonic singing Suitable for: People who have experience in theatre, movement or performance, and have a reasonable level of physical fitness. (Professionally trained theatre practitioners will be considered first)

*This training programme will be conducted in Cantonese and English.

Notes for Applicants

  • Applicants should evaluate their own physical condition for joining this programme.
  • Participants will have to help carrying a small amount of food and tools.
  • Participants will take turns to prepare meals and cleaning up.
  • Meals will be vegetarian, one meat dish will be provided per meal for those who request it.
  • No mobile internet is available on site, but it has phone reception, and is equipped with shower and toilet facilities.

    Bradbury Hall, Sai Kung

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