Weekend Lab: Turned on Its Head

For anyone interested in making participatory theatre/dance for very young children

Posted: 10/03/2022

Liz Clark, Artistic Director of Turned On Its Head, leads this
weekend of dance and theatre-making for anyone interested in making
participatory theatre/dance for very young children.

Turned On Its Head burst onto the children’s theatre scene in 2010 with their highly acclaimed show Shiny. The Weekend Lab, led by Liz with associate artist and long term collaborator Oksana Tyminska, will explore Shiny’s
blueprint, and look at some of the techniques that have been used in
the creation of the company’s new show for very young children, Sponge, showing at the Barbican this December.

The weekend will explore:
• Immersive theatre
• Co-creation, which is characterised by high and inclusive levels of authentic participation from audiences
• Using intensive interaction within a performance setting
• Improvisation with families as active participants
• Ownership and belonging in the performance space
• The democratisation of the performance space
• The neuroscience behind the dance
• The impact the work has had on families who experience it.

Participants will also look at what makes working within the blueprint a unique experience for the performer, deviser and venue.
On Its Head give generously as artists and collaborators. Their
ambition is that the work has the widest reach possible with the highest
integrity. The weekend will involve hands on making, creating and
dancing, talking, drinking tea and eating cake.

As part of the Lab, you will receive a ticket to a production of Sponge at the Barbican in December 2016.

This Lab is suitable for students in higher education and training, emerging artists and professionals, aged 18+ only.


Book on the Barbican website

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