A fantastic experience! A whole bunch of new tools, practical and dynamic, wrapped up in a blanket of holistic yumminess! Stimulating, useful, thought‑provoking and challenging – I enjoyed every minute.
Julie Nolan (Artistic Director, Red Leap Theatre, New Zealand).
I'm taking away a greater sense of "i-can-do-it-ness" and a rediscovered joy. i have a new role model in lynne, an amazing teacher with a strong sense of integrity, knowledge and care. i came to this course with little expectation, a lot of fear and a degree of apathy. i left feeling fulfilled spiritually, mentally and physically. i also left with a renewed desire to challenge myself and spread my dragon wings.
steph barnett (educator).
The INTENSIVES, which have now been held in all the capital cities in Australia, as well as in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Bristol, Amsterdam and Bulgaria, are designed to provide an opportunity for actors, directors, educators, and students to take time out of their busy lives and reconnect with their creative selves.
the INTENSIVES introduce Zen Zen Zo’s specialty physical theatre training forms (Viewpoints, Butoh, The Suzuki Method, and the devising technique of Composition), and provide a platform to collaborate with innovative guest artists. These INTENSIVES are open to artists and non-artists alike.
ARTIST RETREAT (SOLD OUT!)
Welcome to Zen Zen Zo’s Winter ARTIST RETREAT, which will be facilitated by Dr Lynne Bradley, Nicole Reilly and Ric Stafford-Smith. It is an immersive full-day retreat designed to re-charge and re-inspire artists away from the pressures of daily life. It is also open to non-artists looking to give themselves the gift of a “creative workout”, and some time out to reflect, rejuvenate and find balance in the increasingly busy rhythm of our contemporary lives.
8:30am - 8:45am
9am - 10am
10am - 12:30pm
12:30pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arrival and registration
yoga, meditation & reflection
connecting to country through movement (butoh & Suzuki)
enneagram wisdom & physical theatre devising
yoga, meditation & reflection
DR LYNNE BRADLEY
(ENNEAGRAM WISDOM & PHYSICAL THEATRE DEVISING)
Lynne learnt the ancient Sufi tradition of the Enneagram from a Zen Buddhist monk as a young artist in her 20s. It changed her life and has since provided a profound tool for the whole Zen Zen Zo company to collectively develop self-awareness, compassion and the ability to nurture a rich and positive culture together. This session will integrate the Enneagram system with the art of physical theatre devising (Composition), allowing participants to embody the learnings in a playful and creative way.
Lynne co-founded Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in 1992 and is currently the Artistic Director of the Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast. Lynne has taught physical theatre training and devising, run Artist Retreats, and facilitated transformational workshops and programs in Australia and abroad for the past 30 years.
Connecting to Country through Movement
(Butoh + Suzuki Method)
Through Zen Zen Zo’s grounded movement practices, Nicole will share her Wiradjuri Language and Culture to reconnect us to Country. Drawing on practical exercises from Butoh and the Suzuki Method, Nicole will integrate them with Wiradjuri knowledges, as participants walk together to create contemporary songlines and discover new (and ancient) ways of physical storytelling.
Nicole Reilly, proudly a queer, Wiradjuri woman, is the Artistic Director of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. She is a creative producer, director and teaching-artist with over 40 works to her name across regional, remote and metro Queensland. She is currently studying at Charles Sturt University, remembering Language and Culture with her mob.
(Yoga, Meditation & Reflection)
Yoga is more than just physical movement, alignment or creating shapes with our bodies. It’s about celebrating our creativity and imagination, opening our hearts, being comfortable with feelings of discomfort, knowing it’s not permanent. It’s about being brave and finding inner peace, working towards clarity and stillness instead of chaos and stimulation. When we carry these concepts off the mat and apply them to our daily life, it not only allows us to deepen our yoga practice but gives us hope, courage, empowerment, self-acceptance and resilience.
Ric’s yoga journey began ten years ago and before long he was practicing every day, and had thrown in his corporate job to become a full-time yoga instructor. Ric currently teaches at Total Fusion, runs international retreats and is about to open a yoga centre in Eumundi.
new zealand stomp - christchurch
isaac theatre royal, christchurch
Lynne bradley (founding director)
alys hill (NZ director)
$310 / $280 Early Bird* (beg/int)
$310 / $280 early bird* (advanced)
$460 / $490 early bird* (full course)
early bird rate: paid by 3 september 2021. prices in NZ dollars.