Space Theatre Ensemble Invites Actors To Residency In Goa
Young students will be taught the basics of theatre and performance. They will get a chance to experience the pleasures and drudgery of living in a nomadic commune.
Venue: Residency in Goa
Contact Details: Hartman de Souza, Artistic Director
About the event:
The Space Theatre Ensemble invites young actors to join them at a residency in Goa in mid-July. They are particularly interested in young students who have finished their class 12 and want to take a gap year. Students who may have failed their exams at school or college level are also welcome. They will be taught the basics of theatre and performance. They will be encouraged to share the pleasures and drudgery of living in a nomadic commune. The ensemble will ensure that the students devote time to study every day as well.
About the Organizers/Partners:
The Space Theatre Ensemble is one of the arms of SPACE, the Society for Promoting the Arts, Culture and Education, Goa, set up in 2008 with the purpose of taking the arts to younger people in high school and college. The ensemble has been functioning as a self-sustaining theatre repertory from 2008. They work with persons aged 18 to 35 or older who take time off to train with its principal actors and artistic director over a month-long residency to imbibe the physical theatre the ensemble practices.
The ensemble's first production was For Mother Earth, eight villanelles written by the US-based philosopher/teacher Uma Narayan. Their second production in 2009 was Creatures of the Earth, a dance performance set to a jazz score. The same performance, depicting the horrors of opencast mining and its effects on a traditional spring, was revived by the ensemble in 2010. The ensemble has concurrently also revived For Mother Earth, a well-developed comic repertoire on education; and a physical performance that decries violence against women.
The residency is funded by the money earned by the ensemble. Everyone is provided modest lodging and excellent food. Money is shared equally by all as the ensemble tours. Most of those who work with the ensemble earn an average of Rs15,000 over two or three months.
The ensemble follows a differentiated performance fee structure and willingly performs free when asked to for a deserving cause.