HANDS-ON PERFORMANCE WITH SPLIT BRITCHES (NY)
”This was a fantastic workshop. It brought me so much. Amazing teachers! Bring them back please!” – B.A. Markus, 2011
A practical workshop designed to give performers of all types – even non-performers – the tools and toys to create solo work from the ordinary details and extra-ordinary fantasies of their lives. In a relaxed, yet structured environment, we will work with movement, impulse, autobiographical text, found text, song, dance, fantasy persona, popular culture and, most importantly, their individual desire to make the things they never thought they could make and say the things they always wanted to say.
Split Britches was founded almost 30 years ago by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, and Deb Margolin. Since 1980, they have transformed the landscape of queer performance with their vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performance. Lois Weaver is an independent performance artist, director, and activist. She lectures in Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London. Her most recent solo commission for the Chelsea Theatre in London was entitled What Tammy Needs To Know About Getting Old and Having Sex. She is currently touring with Peggy in their Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission, Lost Lounge. Peggy Shaw is an actor, writer and producer who has collaborated, written for and performed with the Spiderwoman Theater and Hot Peaches Theater. She has won three Village Voice Obies for performance and The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Theatre Performer of the Year Award. Michigan Press is publishing a new book edited by Jill Dolan that will include the scripts for her solo shows. She is currently touring her new solo, Must, the Inside Story, created in collaboration with Clod Ensemble. Founded in 1981 at the WOW café in New York City, Split Britches have created over 20 collaborative and solo performances. They also work at the intersection of performance and human rights with projects such as Staging Human Rights working in women’s prisons in Rio de Janeiro and England and Performing Medicine working as associate artists with the Clod Ensemble. Their work is rooted in popular culture, but positioned against it. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It depends on the surprise of transformation rather than the logic of conventional narrative. It straddles the line between performance and theatre, exploiting theatricality while exposing the pretence. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, and eccentrics. It is feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone and lesbian because it takes the presence of lesbians on stage as a given. splitbritches.wordpress.com/
Space is limited & reservations are recommended at 514.393.3771 or by email at email@example.com. A $20 deposit is required.
RQD members are eligible for a partial reimbursement for non Emploi-Quebec workshops.
For Emploi-Quebec subsidized workshops, please contact us for eligibility requirements.
We only accept cash or cheques.
You can either mail a cheque or come and pay at our office during business hours.
- No reimbursement for the occasional missed class.
- Sickness/ injury: total reimbursement of missed classes, including the initial deposit if none of the classes has been followed.
- Scheduling conflict: partial reimbursement (non-applicable if there is a waiting list). We keep $20 as an administration fee.
- Planned absences: possibility of a special rate.
- Other situations: evaluated on a case per case basis