summer 2009

Global THEATRE Ensemble invited Théâtre du Soleil veteran artists Duccio Bellugi-Vannuccini and Maurice Durozier, cast members of Les Éphémères (hosted by the Lincoln Center Festival), to conduct Improvisation and Balinese/Commedia Del Arte Mask workshops. The workshops were based on the core methods of the Théâtre du Soleil, including the development of emotional states, the design of the body, the interior music of the character, and specificity.

The workshops registered over 50 participants for each session and not only attracted actors, but also a vast community of theatremakers and international scholars. GTE workshops endeavor to establish an international educational forum for artistic exchange across cultures, a core founding principle of the company.

The workshops included the opportunity to attend rehearsals of the Théâtre du Soleil and culminated in an exclusive invitation and a unique opportunity for the participants to commune with company members and director Ariane Mnouchkine on the closing night of Les Éphémères at the Park Avenue Armory.

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