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Who Are They?: Celebration Barn – Part 2

March 31, 2016


This blog post is part of a series called Who Are They? where information is provided for the Maine Arts Ed blog readers to learn about community organizations and institutions that provide educational opportunities in the arts. You will learn that they are partnering with other organizations and schools to extend learning opportunities, not supplant. Please consider ways in which you can collaborate to provide excellent arts education for all learners.

This is the second of 5 blog posts about Celebration Barn which is located at 190 Stock Farm Rd, South Paris, ME. Thanks to Ian Bannon for providing the posts.

Celebration Barn is an immersive physical theater school where students develop their own works. Summer workshops are offered in a restored horse barn in rural Maine – a picturesque place that’s only a one-hour flight from New York City. This beautiful setting – away from distractions and obligations – allows performers to fully focus on their craft and develop their work in a supportive atmosphere where creativity and experimentation are encouraged.  The Barn attracts today’s most sought-after physical theater instructors and performers who grow and refine artists’ ideas through a uniquely rigorous and collaborative process.

Students perform as part of Dodi Disanto's 2015 Body-Motion-Gesture Workshop Photo by Davin Currie

Students perform as part of Dodi Disanto’s 2015 Body-Motion-Gesture Workshop
Photo by Davin Currie

Depending on the instructor, the one- and two-week-long intensive workshops can consume between 6-12 hours a day. Further, intimate class sizes ensure each student gets adequate attention during their stay. This professional training is open to students (ages 18+) of all experience levels.

Each year brings a different set of workshops. In 2015 the Barn is offering 7 workshops taught by artists from around the world. Natsuko Ohama encourages students to, “Free your voice! Free yourself!” through The Voice and The Performer. Aitor Bassauri from London’s Spymonkey Theater will teach a workshop on Creating Clown Material. Giovanni Fusetti will lead an exploration into a grotesque of humanity with Bouffon and The Ecstasy of Mocking. Lastly, Jeff Wirth will train an ensemble of cutting-edge, interactive performers during his StoryBox: Interactive Performance Intensive.

Then there are the perennial favorites:

Avner the Eccentric and Julie Goell have been mainstays of the program for many years with two week-long courses on their Eccentric Principles of clowning. The Barn’s most popular workshops, Intro to Eccentric Performing and Advanced Eccentric Performing draw many participants back time and time again.

Davis Robinson and Karen Montanaro, along with guest instructors, lead the Celebration Barn Devising Intensive each summer. This workshop is designed for directors, teachers, and performers interested in devising their own theater pieces. Students learn several methods for imaginative theater problem-solving by spending two intensive weeks devising solo, duet, and ensemble pieces. Students participate in daily classes in movement dynamics, improvisation, partnering, premise work, graphics, and scripting. In the afternoon, world-class artists provide them with a range of approaches. Evenings are spent working on assignments and sharing devised material.

For more information about Celebration Barn Theater workshops, visit their by CLICKING HERE.

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