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Summer School

Summer School is back in March 2014!


Spend the weekend with Back to Back Theatre for a series of workshops in theatre making, dance and theatre design with highly experienced artists in an intensive and supportive weekend workshop.

From robot stories, staging fight scenes, sensory deprivation, scenographic architecture to THE RABBLE, Back to Back’s Summer School will leave you inspired and bubbling over with creative energy.

Saturday 22 March & Sunday 23 March, 2014.

Bookings are essential.

To book, download and complete the registration form and return it with payment by email or post to PO Box 1257, Geelong VIC 3220.

For phone bookings and further information please contact Nikki Watson or call (03) 5221 2029.


Back to Back Theatre is offering 6 free positions to emerging artists who would like to be involved. Valued at $230.

Interested designers, directors, writers and performers are invited to forward a one-paragraph expression of interest, stating why they would like to attend Back to Back Theatre’s 2014 Summer School.

Please forward expressions of interest to Tamara Searle by 5pm Friday 21 February 2014. Places will be confirmed by Wednesday 5 March 2014.

Held at Back to Back Theatre’s studio in Geelong, Summer School gives participants a fantastic opportunity to explore their passion for performance art. Choose to attend a single workshop or immerse yourself in two full days of creative exploration.

Guest artists hosting the workshops include –

Dan Giovannoni – Theatre Maker – This workshop focuses on storytelling, and how we can do it together. Unleash your inner storyteller, and use your own personal stories, as well as legends and myths, to create a new grand narrative. This is a contemporary take on an old tradition – and there’s no need for pens or paper. Dan is an award-winning playwright, community artist and educator, and makes work for adults and children.

Ingrid Voodrendt – Dance Artist – Ingrid’s workshop will focus on making and performing movement. We will create physical performance material through improvisation and tasks. Ingrid trained as a dancer and choreographer; her work often integrates movement, text and live music. Ingrid is a former Artistic Director of Restless Dance Theatre.

Jesse & Dean of CAKE Industries – Robot Stories – We are the individual -
Develop and participate in a production where robots take centre stage! Using identical robots that receive commands from a wireless control centre, in this workshop we will write a group story to be enacted through speaking, moving robot actors on stage. Media Artists Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen have worked under the collaborative pseudonym of Cake Industries since 2006. They are artists, tinkerers and futuristic dreamers.

Felicity Steel – Stage Combat – Stage combat – Learn how to create and perform safe fight illusions for the stage, developing awareness of the body and non-verbal communication skills. Felicity Steel has worked as a fight director for MTC, Australian Opera, Malthouse Theatre, Bell Shakespeare and Australian Shakespeare Company.

Phillip Adams – Dance Artist – Sensory Deprivation – In this workshop you will require an iPhone, earpiece and blindfold. Participants will work from a space of privacy creating material that is personal as well as group devised. An unusual and experimental experience for participants to engage in darkness and light, they will be motivated by things that make us uncomfortable and elated at the same time. Phillip Adams is the founding Artistic Director of Phillip Adams’ BalletLab. His achievements include commissions, touring, awards and residencies, mentoring and a highly regarded body of artistic works.

Ahmarnya Price – Image, Text and Performance – Through a series of layered experiments using drawing, map making, writing, sound, lighting and low-fi animation, in this workshop we will explore narrative, space, live performance, collaboration and audience. This inter-disciplinary approach aims to interrupt our habits as makers by allowing our work to reveal itself in new and unexpected ways. Ahmarnya Price is a visual artist and performance maker. She draws, paints, animates, writes and performs.

Lyndel Quick – With a focus on movement & meaning, this workshop will explore practical exercises focused on finding ways to develop a performance language using tasks, scores and accessible movement technique. Lyndel Quick is a dancer, choreographer & director. She has been a guest movement artist for schools, theatre companies, training organisations & private dance studios for over 20 years. Lyndel was the co-artistic director of Room2move Youth Dance Company. Lyndel is currently the founding Artistic Director of new regional company, Blink Dance Theatre.

Emma Valente – Making Visual Theatre with THE RABBLE – Over the course of this workshop we will generate several scenes using visual material such as photographs, paintings, sculptures and diagrams as inspiration, culminating in a short performance. Emma is a founder and Artistic Director of THE RABBLE, one of Melbourne’s most prominent avant-garde theatre companies. Emma is an award wining theatre maker who has worked with Theatre Works, MTC and Malthouse Theatre amongst others.

Alice Cummins – Dance Artist: Perceiving, Moving & Making – This workshop will encourage original ways of moving, developing sensitivity, awareness and relationship to space whilst bringing attention to shifting states of being. We will then extend our practice to making with others through improvisational scores. Alice Cummins is an independent dance artist. Over the last twenty years she has worked extensively in Australia, Europe and the United States. Her work is informed by Body-Mind Centering®, improvisation practices, and feminist philosophy.

Tanja Beer – Environmental Stage Design and Devising – Scenographers are the architects and animators of dramatic space – incorporating structures, light, images, sound, costumes and objects as an expressive and effective agent of storytelling. This workshop will take participants on a journey to explore the dynamic opportunity of space, as a visual, multi-sensory and immersive environment of performance making. Tanja Beer is a scenographer and researcher investigating ecological design for performance. She has more than 12 years professional experience, including creating over 50 designs for a variety of theatre companies and festivals in Australia and overseas.

James Pratt – Acting for the camera – You, on stage, holding your Oscar. Who do you thank? Back to Back Theatre, and James Pratt of course. The guy that ran this year’s Acting for the Camera workshop at Summer School. Experience what it’s like to act in front of a camera. Be an action hero, or a presenter. Or perhaps you’re the next Bear Grylls or Julia Roberts. This workshop will allow all participants the chance to act in front of the camera, be filmed, and see themselves on screen.

“I was really impressed with the autonomy, honesty and richness of the contributions people made.”

“I totally loved the day I spent with you guys.”

“It was really good to be working alongside a new and diverse group of people with different abilities.”

“An opportunity to reflect on my own practice, on the performers with disability whom I work with, their strengths and weaknesses, their potential, their regional context, their relevant truths and my own.”

2010 Summer School Participants

  • Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Keep an eye on this page to remain up to date with this year’s program.