IN 2023 WE ARE EXCITED TO OFFER YOU YOUR FAVOURITE WORKSHOPS - ALL CLOSELY ALIGNED TO THE AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM! NOT ONLY WILL YOU BE HITTING SYLLABUS OBJECTIVES WITH EASE, OUR EXPERIENCED TEACHING-ARTISTS WILL BE ON HAND TO HELP YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS ADAPT THESE LEARNING EXPERIENCES TO ASSESSMENT WITH CREATIVITY AND CONFIDENCE.
WE ALSO PROVIDE SHORT AND LONG-TERM ARTIST RESIDENCIES. THESE CAN INVOLVE INTENSIVE TRAINING IN OUR SPECIALTY METHODS, OR WORK TOWARDS PERFORMATIVE OUTCOMES. ZEN ZEN ZO HAS STAGED OVER 50 FULL PRODUCTIONS IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH SCHOOLS IN AUSTRALIA AND AROUND THE WORLD!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO BRING EXCELLENCE, DISCIPLINE, FUN AND A TOOL-BELT OF SKILLS TO YOUR CLASSROOM. TOGETHER, LET'S SHARE, REFLECT, CHALLENGE AND TRANSFORM!
All workshops are taught by TWO Zen Zen Zo Teaching-Artists to allow maximum interaction with your students. Our Teaching-Artists are passionate educators and professional artists with national and international performance and teaching experience.
DURATION: 70-90 minutes per workshop*
COST:$16 per student (min 20 students – max 30)**
*You can choose the length of the workshop to suit your class duration.
** Class sizes can be smaller, this is the minimum booking fee.
Interstate and international bookings are priced separately, please email us to discuss.
PHYSICAL THEATRE BASICS
A series of exciting and challenging exercises which introduce the key performance skills of Energy, Focus, Physical and Ensemble Awareness. This is a must-do introduction to the wonderful world of physical theatre and will lay a perfect foundation for strong, dynamic performance work.
The Viewpoints is an extremely fun and dynamic training & creation method that connects ensemble by awakening students’ instincts through impulse work & play. It also provides a brilliant shared language from which to work when discussing & creating theatre. we were the first practitioners to bring the Viewpoints from the USA to Australia (in '98) - learn from the original experts in this field!
Greek Theatre is big, bold & perfectly suited to Physical Theatre! This workshop will explore how to physically interpret classic Greek texts through choral movement & speaking, creating a heightened stage language, and a process for staging dynamic scenes using physical and vocal Viewpoints.
brecht & epic theatre
The workshop looks at some of the central ideas in Brecht’s Epic Theatre including the Verfremdungseffekt or Alienation Effect. The aim is to make Brecht interesting and accessible through the conventions of Gestus, Montage, Transformation and the Breaking of the 4th Wall.
devising physical theatre
Students explore the language and methodologies for devising drawing from the Viewpoints system, with the workshop culminating in the creation of a short, dynamic physical theatre piece. The skills they gain will enable them to independently devise their own work with confidence in the future.
zen zen zo's work has always been on the cutting edge of both Physical Theatre & Contemporary Performance. This workshop introduces 3 approaches that Zen Zen Zo first introduced to Qld – Intimate, Immersive & Site-Specific Theatre. In this workshop, students will learn to create using all 3 theatre styles.
JAPANESE THEATRE: NOH & BUTOH
A powerful introduction to heritage non-Western dramatic styles, this workshop explores the history and abstract / expressive movement from Japanese Theatre, including Noh and Butoh. This workshop covers image work, mask work and character work.
suzuki method of actor training
This unique actor-training method draws from Japanese Martial Arts traditions and develops extraordinary energy, incredible focus and absolute commitment to performance allowing the students to discover the elusive concept of stage presence and develop their “inner warrior”.
Physical Theatre as a style lends itself to bringing Shakespearean characters alive. This workshop will unpack 3 clear methods for creating dynamic, heightened Shakespearean characters – using animals, image scores and the Viewpoints.
This workshop leads students through a step-by-step method to stage key scenes from your choice of Shakespeare’s plays. Drawing on Physical Theatre techniques and Zen Zen Zo’s unique methodology, we look at how to marry narrative with theatrical poetry to make Shakespeare accessible to high school students.
Workshopping existing material generated by your class in a 5-round devising bootcamp, the students will be introduced to a “recipe for success” that will work to create dynamic Physical Theatre — every time! This workshop is perfect for giving Forming Tasks that little extra push prior to assessment.
Zen Zen Zo offers both short and long-term Teaching Residencies for anywhere between 5 hours to 15 weeks! From in-depth physical actor training (in Zen Zen Zo’s specialty areas of The Viewpoints, The Suzuki Method of Actor Training, or Butoh Dance-Theatre) to assisting students to create, develop, rehearse and direct their own performance work or any combination in between, we can structure an ongoing program to suit your needs, time-table and budget.
You can have a Zen Zen Zo Teaching-Artist in Residence at your school for:
Per Hour: $200 (Minimum booking 5 hours – can be spread over a period of time)
Per day:$800 (5 hours teaching + 1 hour lunch break per day)
Per Week:$2000 (5 hours teaching + 1 hour lunch break per day)
*A travel expense of $30 will apply to schools in Translink Zones 2-5
**A travel expense of $60 + min. booking of 3–hour sessions will apply to schools in TransLink Zone 6-7
***Per diems, airfares, and accommodation costs will also apply for schools in regional Queensland, interstate and abroad (by negotiation).
Zen Zen Zo’s popular Professional Development Workshops provide a practical insight into the dynamic world of Physical Theatre. Led by Schools Program Coordinator, Stuart Nix, the workshops are designed to train educators to teach physical theatre in secondary schools as well as engage teachers in an artistic and practical experience.
The PD Workshops will be offered at different times during the year (keep an eye on the Zen Zen Zo socials) or can be booked for your department or cluster of schools in Brisbane, regional Queensland, or beyond. The workshops introduce Zen Zen Zo’s speciality training methods & styles:
Viewpoints / The Suzuki Method / Japanese Theatre (Butoh & Noh) / Brecht & Physical Theatre / Contemporary Performance / Devising Theatre
Each workshop can be taught in one day (9am – 5pm), or extended over two days to suit the school or community’s needs. TEACHERS WILL COME AWAY WITH:
A solid understanding of each of these areas
Many new exercises that can be taught in the classroom
Forming, presenting and responding tasks
Resources to support the students’ learning journey.
COST (per participant per day): $190 Early Bird / $250 Full Fee
Early Bird Rate – if paid one month prior to the start date.
A minimum of 6 participants is required to run a PD workshop in your school/community.
Flights, accommodation and transport costs will also apply if you wish to bring us to your school/community in regional QLD or interstate.