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As actors, we understand that our body is our instrument. And the better our instrument, the better our performance. We have an innate and specific response to each and every word which is often taken for granted or assumed. This workshop will provide tools to usurp generalities!
Jo’s experiential approach brings the performer into intimate awareness of their body/mind, alignment, breath and emotion before approaching spoken text. In an open and conscious state the body can receive and respond to words authentically and powerfully. In this progressive series of four workshops, the performer will gain a lived understanding of speaking from a connected, visceral and dynamic place.
Jo will choose monologues for the class.
Jo Leslie ‘s career spans four decades in theatre, dance and opera. She has contributed to over 140 productions with companies as diverse as The Norlansopperan, Sweden (assistant director and choreographer: The Elephant Man, new opera) The National Arts Centre ( Hamlet, Love Labours’ Lost, A Room of One’s Own, The vaudevilles of Chekov…..)Young Peoples’ Theatre (Dora award for choreography)The Stratford Festival ( movement director: Taming of the Shrew, The Liar, The Odyssey) Jo was principle movement teacher and coach at the National Theatre School 1990 -2001, and company coach at Stratford. Formerly an established dancer/choreographer she is in demand as a dance director and dramaturge. Jo now lives in Victoria where she is artist in residence with theatre Skam. She recently directed Under Milkwood for VADARTS at the Metro Theatre.