Physical Theatre Performance

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Physical theatre, according to author Collin Chambers, is an open-ended term that is used to describe theatre pieces that investigate and emphasize the physical aspects of performance (2002: 13). Although the term is applied to a variety of performance styles and forms, Chambers (2002:14), continues to explain that the term often refers performances that are based on physical training.
This physicality associated with performances, gained popularity during the 1980s, when many companies began experimenting with a more physical type of theatre. Wanting to reform from the confinements of realistic and naturalistic drama, they attempted to create an exciting and visual theatre that was depicted by design, choreography and physical imagery (Victoria
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In addition to the impact of these theatre directors, many teachers from the twentieth century School Of Mime in France, (such as Jaques Lecoq, whom explored physical techniques,) had a profound influence on the development and appreciation of physical theatre. Thanks to the research done by influential figures, such as Lecoq, fundamental principles that inform and describe the elements involved in acting- introducing the benefits of improvisation, theatre training and masks (Chambers, …show more content…
As it name suggests, Complicité is the idea of collaboration. It is often depicted that it has pioneering use of technology and the ability to produce work on a vast scale. Alongside traditional methods of storytelling, the company uses a wide selection of multimedia techniques. According to Loise Jeffreys, Head of Theatre at the Barbican (Amer:2009), THÈÂTRE DE COMPLICITÉ was one of the first companies to use physical theatre styles, such as puppetry, devised works and multimedia, to “illuminate our condition as human beings and touch our emotions.” The company does not confine to one specific genre, rather embracing many; from site-specific work, orchestras, string quartets to creating productions from set play texts and entirely devised pieces. Jeffreys explains that Complicité [has] stretched the boundaries of theatre, by exploring new ways of approaching classic texts and immersing them in foreign cultures (Amer, 2009). It is difficult to pinpoint the exact method or process of Complicité, as each production is different from the last. Although constant change takes place, there are a few things that can be identified as constant: The Complicité has a principle or collaboration, in particular having designers involved with each production. Strong emphasis is put on the performer’s body; rehearsels involve game, physical exploration and improvisation.

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