Ritual Play – Physical Theatre in Munich, Dortmund and Athens

Event Details

  • Von: 1. June 2018
  • Bis: 11. November 2018
  • ab: 19:00 Uhr
  • bis: 15:30 Uhr

Event Price

  • 160.00


  • Lichtsaal Grafing
  • Thomas-Mayr-Str. 4
  • 85567 Grafing
  • Germany
  • www.lichtsaal.jimdo.co

“The loving, open minded man plays without a reason and enjoys his life because he is joy. He imitates the dance of the birds and stretches his wings like they do. He is fulfilled with the spirit of the winds, the floating water, the warming fire and the nourishing earth.” [after Kabir]

This kind of playing is the base of “physical theatre”: a playing which does not aim in performing, but allows us to be merged with our entire being.

It is a way back to the directness of expression. In playful encounters we find ourselves in the flow of breathing, voice and movement. It is less a ‘doing’ but more an admission to s.th. that wants to happen on its own. We use coincidences as the most important sources for our inspiration: everything is valid, nothing incidental, the duality of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ is set out of order.

Even resistance is not considered as a barrier but as a way to new possibilities. The whole world of emotions, dreams and fantasies is a part of playing and shows itself as a source of consistently emerging shapes: Once we are a human, once an animal, once a plant or just air, water or fire. In group improvisations with body and voice, with rhythm and space we discover ‘archetypal’ images: prototypes of the soul or contents of the ‘collective unconsciousness’
(C.G. Jung)

Ritual play is a special form of physical theatre without audience: everybody is playing at the same time. After an intensive body work and many exercises focusing awareness, encounter and improvisation, the players gradually enter into a space of absent-mindedness, which many people haven’t experienced since their childhood.

The roots of the ritual play you can find in the research and work of Jerzy Grotowski, the living theatre and the Off-Off-Broadway Theatre. It is suitable especially for actors and dancers who want to extend their expressivity, who are searching for a deeper understanding of a text , theme or myth – as well as for everybody else who is fascinated by the wildness and aliveness of liberated playing, experiencing a deep integration into s.th. bigger than him or herself. The ritual play has a spiritual dimension as well.

In the process of planning: 1.-4.of November “Ritual Play and Roy Hart Voice Work” feat. Zwaantje de Vries (location not determined yet, could be Nijmegen, Amsterdam or Herne). Further information will be available soon.

Schedule Friday 19.00-21.00, Saturday 10:00-21.00 Uhr, Sunday 10.00 to 15.30

Charge for Grafing 160,- Euro. Students and people with social support pay the half price.  Accomodation e.g. in Gasthof Netterndorf  from 25,- /Tag  – or private, on the base of donation

Charge for Herne 140,- Euro.  Students and people with social support pay the half price. Accomodation private / on the base of donation or in a hostel

Charge for Athens Not determined yet.

Led by: Lutz Pickardt, freelance theatre director, teacher for performing arts (BuT), theater therapist (HIGW) and Roy Hart Voice Teacher (CAIRH) i.e.

The ritual play i have studied in the eighties with Prof. Heinz Schlage, continuing later with Gandalf Lipinski, teaching it myself since 2001. During more than 15 years of experience i have created my own form, inspired by my researches in open play systems (Renier Niens), image theatre (Augusto Boal), contact improvisation, Roy Hart Voice Work etc. and the experiences of countless workshops in Germany and Europe.