Lectures and Workshops
Bond Street Theatre has several lecture and workshop programs that are relevant for any school, university, organization, or community group. Please contact Ethan Frisch at (212) 254-4614 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Video-lecture: The Power of Performance: Theatre in Conflict Zones
The video-lecture explores the impact and value of the expressive arts in areas of conflict, with specific focus on the company's work in Afghanistan since 2003. The presentation gives vivid examples of how theatre-based practices are applied in working with different communities: for example, street children, rural women, traumatized populations, or refugees. The video gives a glimpse into the reality of working and traveling in war-torn regions. Together the video and lecture promote the idea of theatre as a useful tool for social improvement in some of the world's toughest places. Since 1976, Bond Street Theatre has been creating innovative performances that cross cultural borders, and initiating theatre-based projects for education, healing, and empowerment in critical areas worldwide. The video-lecture speaks about why cross-cultural artistic conversation is crucial to mutual understanding, and how the practical applications of the theatre arts are a powerful means for bringing peace.
Workshops in physical and image-based theatre techniques for professional actors, students, international NGO field workers, and those interested in improving leadership and communication skills. Programs are available as single workshops, weekend intensive programs, multi-week workshops, or residences culminating in performances.
Theatre for Social Development
A practical study of arts-based humanitarian relief work, the company gives participants the creative and practical tools for conducting social development programs for adults, children, and community leaders. The program covers theatre-based approaches to conflict resolution, team-building, creative thinking, trauma release, and enhanced communication skills, and accentuates the value of theatre in disseminating essential information to communities that are isolated by location, incarceration or tradition. In addition, the course lays the groundwork for originating and conducting programs in the field. Drawing from 20 years of active participation in some of this generation's most pressing world crises - in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Kosovo, Colombia, Haiti, Myanmar - the course offers a practical introduction into the growing field of Theatre for Social Development or theatre-based humanitarian relief work.
The Impact of Gesture
From the European laboratory theatre, the Greek drama, the silent screen, the vaudeville, and dance and martial art forms from around the world, we have brought the most intriguing styles and vocabularies together to create an excellent series of exercises for the actors’ use. The workshop focuses on developing a theatrical warm-up, ensemble acting techniques, focus and neutrality, using the spine, clarity of gesture, body language, and creating characters. In addition, the workshop includes the physical skills of mime, slapstick, acrobatics for the actor, physical comedy, partner work, improvisation, characterization, object manipulation, and the use of props.
Parades, Pageants, and Celebrations
This visual-verbal video-lecture presentation explores elaborate public dramatic presentations that mark important individual or cultural events. The lecture explores the history of public pageantry through video, photos, and historical depictions, focusing on what is common across global traditions: ritual spaces and activities, the transformation of the mundane into the sacred, timelessness, costume and presentation. The lecture explores the modern uses of pageantry and presentation in order to find new ways to transforming and utilizing the public space for community, social, and artistic creations.