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Devising is a method of making performance that is not dominated by text, and includes the collaborative participation of the whole creative company in all stages and aspects of the creative process.


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Simmons_Assetthumb
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During the revival of An Die Musik in 2000, Simmons discusses the origins of the original production and the process of its creation and compares it with the process of recreating it 25 years later.
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Are You For Real?
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Are You For Real? addresses how the heavy American workload and multitasking fact pace of life can impact the sense of self. 
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Pearson 1
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Pearson takes a group of practitioners through the many exercises that formed the central concerns of Brith Gof. These include physical training, spatial and temporal awareness and group choreography.
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Contact Improvisation for Actor Training
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This video is documentation taken from a weekly contact jam session with the actors in the MFA Actor-Training program at UC Irvine. Contact Improvisation is a large part of the movement arc in the first year of actor training, and jam sessions are held weekly, integrating all three years of MFA actors.  Someone happened to video this session, and I give a brief description of our use of contact as a tool for actor training in the voice-over. 
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Contact Improvisation for Actor Training - Movement with Text
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This video is documentation of an exercise with 3rd year graduate actors at the UC Irvine Actor-Training program, speaking a monologue while contacting with a silent partner. At a moment of heightened activity, the silent partner is removed, and the resulting delivery of the monologue is focused and intensely communicated. The athleticism and sensitivity of the contact created a culture of expressivity. Tenderness as well as rage and challenge emerged in the contact session and remained present in the solo monologue. So, the complexities of emotion that were embodied metaphorically and rhythmically in the extreme lifts and rolls and balances of the partnering could be seen as an emotional “rehearsal” for the solo performance. But once the partner was removed, the speaker had to reach out to us, and address each deeply felt idea to the audience in the room. No longer in a contact with the literal “other,” we, the audience, now become the necessary focus.
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Directions for Directing. Theatre and Method—Fundamentals of Directing
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In this video presentation, Avra discusses her book and some fundamental principles that permeate the directing art.
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Directions for Directing. Theatre and Method—Making Robot Theatre
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This video presentation features playwright and director Oriza Hirata’s concept of robot theatre. Making Robot Theatre: An interview with Oriza Hirata of Tokyo-based Seinendan. 
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The Shadow Drone Project
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Back to Back Theatre creates new forms of contemporary performance imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors with disabilities, giving voice to social and political issues that speak to all people. Based in the regional centre of Geelong, the company is one of Australia’s most globally recognised and respected contemporary theatre companies. Seeking to make a body of work that exists in repertoire across time, the company tours extensively locally, nationally, and internationally.
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Odin Teatret - Oxyrhincus Evangeliet - Asset Thumbnail Image
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A narrow catwalk between two flanks of spectators: ‘Maran Ata! The Lord is coming! A child is born in Bethlehem. He will destroy Jerusalem. Kyrie Eleison. He has not come to bring peace.’
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let’s take a walk – non zero one – Howard’s Journey
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let’s take a walk is an audio journey around the Barbican that starts with a question from a stranger hoping to take us out of our social bubble.
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let’s take a walk – non zero one – Rubaiyath’s Journey
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let’s take a walk is an audio journey around the Barbican that starts with a question from a stranger who might take us out of our social bubble.
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let’s take a walk – non zero one – Trailer
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let’s take a walk is an audio journey around the Barbican that starts with a question from a stranger who might take us out of our social bubble.
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mountaineering – non zero one - first person POV recording (No Sound)
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mountaineering explores choice, interaction, and personal conversation with audience participants at the Roundhouse and Salisbury Playhouse.
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mountaineering – non zero one – trailer
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mountaineering explores choice, interaction, and personal conversation with audience participants at the Roundhouse and Salisbury Playhouse.
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Sand
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Sand tells the story of the history and evolution of sand dance as it is passed down from father to son. 
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Sequence 1 ‘Introduction to the Narrative company’
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This video is an introduction to the company of Anthony Neilson’s Royal Court show Narrative in 2013: Anthony Neilson; Zawe Ashton; Imogen Doel; Brian Doherty; Christine Entwisle; Barney Power; Olly Rix and Sophie Ross.
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Sequence 10 B ‘Onomastic authorship’
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This video provides a window into other aspects of Neilson’s authorial propensities via a snapshot of rehearsal room discussion concerning what to name the characters in the show.
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Sequence 10 ‘Authorship of an audition: the Footmouse Dance’
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This video shows how Neilson authors and develops his script in the moment during rehearsals. This process occurs as actors Barney Power and Zawe Ashton work on a scene where Power’s character is humiliated while attending an advert audition conducted by Ashton’s maliciously bored character.
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Sequence 11 B ‘Affective memory in operation’
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This video clip shows actor Zawe Ashton employing the Affective Memory rehearsal technique while running a scene with actor Olly Rix.
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Sequence 11 ‘The Box Therapy improvisation’
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This video features Neilson and actors Zawe Ashton and Christine Entwisle’s work on developing a newly-written scene in which Ashton’s character attends an unconventional counselling appointment. It contains excerpts of discussion, as well as a full-length improvisation where Ashton’s head is masked by a cardboard box.
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Sequence 12 ‘The Random Objects improvisation’
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This video is the first time the company run the improvisation concerning the arbitrary items found in the rehearsal space.
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Sequence 13 ‘The actors discuss Box Therapy’
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In this video actors Christine Entwisle and Zawe Ashton discuss the Box Therapy improvisation.
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Sequence 14 ‘Box Therapy in performance’
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In this video Anthony Neilson, Christine Entwisle and Zawe Ashton finalise the performance of the therapy session during the technical rehearsal in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court.
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Sequence 15 ‘Perspectives on improvisation’
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Anthony Neilson and Brian Doherty talk about Neilson’s use of improvisation in his rehearsal process in this video.
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Sequence 16 ‘The Human Soundscape Improvisation’
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In this video the whole company conduct an improvisation run by music and sound designer Nick Powell. During the improvisation the participants attempt to create a multi-layered vocal score by splicing together various random sounds articulated by individual company members.
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Sequence 17 ‘Perspectives on Neilson’s directorial approach’
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Anthony Neilson, Brian Doherty and Christine Entwisle discuss features of Neilson’s methodology as a director.
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Sequence 18 B ‘What did you expect’
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This video shows the similarities between the beginning and the end of Narrative.
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Sequence 18 ‘Ask the Audience: the ending of the show’
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This video contains rehearsal room footage of the company discussing the idea of having some kind of audience participation as the ending to Narrative. Then the video moves to the technical rehearsal in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court, where Neilson directs a different way of concluding the show.
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Sequence 19 ‘Perspectives on process’
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In this video Anthony Neilson, Imogen Doel and Sophie Ross discuss the interaction between the actor’s process and Neilson’s directorial/authorial approach.
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Sequence 2 ‘Perspectives on the pro-filmic event’
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In this video the assistant director of Narrative, Ned Bennett, and actors Brian Doherty, Zawe Ashton, Sophie Ross, Barney Power and Olly Rix, discuss the effects of being filmed while rehearsing the show. Then the video moves into the rehearsal room, where Rix is running a scene from the play.
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Sequence 20 ‘Neilson’s Motivational Speech’
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In this video the Narrative company have come to the end of the rehearsal period. Here Neilson discusses with the cast how the following week-long technical rehearsal will be conducted and attempts to allay any concerns they may have about the forthcoming opening and subsequent run of the show.
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Sequence 21 ‘Changes for Press Night’
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This video contains footage of the note session before Press Night where Neilson introduces an entirely new scene to be performed by actors Imogen Doel and Zawe Ashton that evening. The video then shows the only rehearsal of the scene before the performance.
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Sequence 3 ‘A different perspective’
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In this video actress Christine Entwisle talks about her experience of being filmed rehearsing her role in Narrative. The video then shows the impact Entwisle discusses, during the technical rehearsal in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court.
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Sequence 4 ‘Indirect authorship: synaesthesia’
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Anthony Neilson considers how actors can influence the authorship of his work in this video. Then the video moves to the rehearsal room where the Narrative company throw various ideas around concerning how one of the characters being out of sync with reality can be theatrically rendered.
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Sequence 5 ‘Revisiting the Random Objects Improvisation’
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This is a video of the Narrative company’s second discussion and running of an improvisation using some chance items found in the rehearsal room.
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Sequence 6 ‘Indirect authorship: malapropisms’
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In this video the company and music and sound designer, Nick Powell, continue to explore the ways in which the character being out of sync with reality can be theatrically rendered. The footage then proceeds to show how this idea is audio-visually represented for the on-stage performance.
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Sequence 7 ‘Everything feeds in’
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In this video Anthony Neilson, assistant director Ned Bennett and the actors Imogen Doel, Sophie Ross, Barney Power and Christine Entwisle, reflect on the tangential properties of Neilson’s authorial process.
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Sequence 8 ‘Direct authorship: Elastic-Man’
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This video shows the authorial input of actor Olly Rix, as he works on a speech in the rehearsal room and then during the technical rehearsal at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court.
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Sequence 9 ‘How the actor shapes the text’
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Anthony Neilson and actors Olly Rix, Brian Doherty and Imogen Doel give their views on the connection between the actor and Neilson’s authorship in this video.
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small metal objects
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A public domain theatre show, part voyeuristic meditation, part urban thriller, it unfolds amidst the high volume pedestrian traffic of a public space. 
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The Bridge of Winds. International Group of Theatrical Research Led by Iben Nagel Rasmussen
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This film documents the work of Iben Nagel Rasmussen (Odin Teatret) with her international group The Bridge of Winds during a two-week closed work session held in December 2011.
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you'll see me [sailing in antarctica] — non zero one — Trailer
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A look at the science behind human perception through performance lectures, surround sound, hidden televisions, and sweeping panoramic views of the London skyline. 
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you’ll see me [sailing in antarctica] – non zero one – Full length Wide
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A look at the science behind human perception through performance lectures, surround sound, hidden televisions, and sweeping panoramic views of the London skyline. 
Commentary
by Annie Loui
Contact improvisation is a form of dance improvisation based on energy and weight exchange, incorporating elements of aikido, jitterbugging, child’s play, and tumbling
Commentary
by Calvert, Dave
Reflections on Ganesh versus the Third Reich by Dave Calvert discusses the work created by back to back.
Commentary
by Calvert, Dave
Reflections on small metal objects by back to back.
Practitioner
An international touring company co-founded by Simon McBurney in 1983, Complicité has helped shape the landscape of contemporary theatre, with acclaimed physical, devised and multimedia work.
Practitioner
Nature Theatre of Oklahoma is an OBIE-winning New York performance group led by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. They create unsettling situations that demand total presence from everyone in the room.
Practitioner
Pip Simmons set up his own experimental company in 1968. It made intense, physical and musical work through collective devising. The group split up in 1973, and Simmons increasingly worked abroad.


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