French theatre master Philippe Gaulier back in Singapore
In the realm of performance training for actors, Philippe Gaulier is one of today’s most influential and revolutionary theatre master. His distinctive approach to theatre-making comes from ‘Le Jeu’ – ‘game and play’. He emphasises on the importance of joy, human nature and the pleasure of play.
Philippe Gaulier returns to conduct his Master Class once again! This year’s workshop focuses on Melodrama. The principles of Melodrama originate from Gaulier’s native country – France. In the 19th century, actors would make use of exaggerated movement, loud vocalisation of scripted lines, and forceful steps, all aggressively aimed at capturing the audience’s attention. Hence, the common perception of Melodrama is one of overly magnified and superficial performance. However, Gaulier has a different understanding of Melodrama. He feels that Melodrama actors embody an inexplicable sense of pleasure, which is derived from actors’ exaggeration of their own ‘real’ emotions. Within the performance, actors have to create a character by delving into the deepest levels of human nature, thus precisely requiring the ‘pleasure’ from Melodrama in order to do so.
Dates: 16th to 20th Aug 2011 (Tuesday to Saturday)
Time: 10am – 4pm (Daily)
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053