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CONTRADICTIONS with Matej Matejka

Flabbergast Theatre are delighted to announce a professional development workshop open to dancers, performers, actors and those looking for reliable tools for personal artistic expression with Physical Theatre Master: Matej Matejka (Slovakia).

Matej is theatre researcher, actor, educator, director, founder and leader of Studio Matejka, currently living in Poland. He studied acting at the State Conservatory, Bratislava (Slovakia) and at JAMU University, Brno (Czech Republic).
Matej is a long-term collaborator of and researcher at the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław, Poland (since 2005) and was an actor with Teatr ZAR, co-creating and performing in Anhelli: The Calling and Caesarean Section: Essays on Suicide, the latter awarded with the Herald Angel and Total Theatre awards in Edinburgh, UK (2012).
Matej Matejka is the founder and leader of Studio Matejka, a company working under auspices of the Grotowski Institute since 2010.

Matej’s pedagogical method “Contradictions” is based on researching the compression and friction of ’potentially logical and physical incompatibilities placed beside each other’ to reveal new forms of synthesis in acting, physical expression, and the creative process. This method is ideal for the creation of an artistic language and development of a physical score.

There is something more that can be said through the body than we are able to relevantly explain in words. We often over accentuate the importance of the mind and underestimate the abilities of our body. A great living history and wisdom is stored inside of our flesh and we are very little aware of it.

Contradiction as logical incompatibility between propositions pushes us to see things from greater perspective, from logical comprehensions to primal instincts.
Beyond good or bad, correct or incorrect.
It calls for the openness of meeting oneself face to face.
Only the intention of a seeker counts, where hearts burst and minds are blown. We want to re-pattern limitations, de-code the way of creating, reveal that there can be many more ways to shape performance action, ways of thinking about theatre, acting, dancing or performing.
Contradictions break restraints which we put upon ourselves and often even haven’t noticed.
We don’t need much more than human presence and dedication.

Contradictions is a method of redefining differences in order to make them function beside each other in a more intense, conscious, and balanced way.

Participants are introduced to elements of:

• ritual of a respectful and focused working environment

• building of a personal, daily physical practice

• sensitivity and listening through partner and group

• awakening the intuitive body

• power of collective presence and creative improvisations

• rediscovering anatomy, opening physical abilities no matter to the level of
previous movement experience

• awareness and use of muscle tension and overall dynamics of the body

• tools for building original physical structures

• unique exercises tracing to Grotowski’s laboratory work

• adventure of unpredictable compositions of performative actions

This practice helps participants to push their boundaries, step outside their comfort zones and go beyond their physical habits.
It balances the ability to integrate both intuition and calculation, spontaneity, and conception in the moment of creation.

Course Ticket

To book a place, please select Tuesday 25 May and this will give you access to the full course. Take advantage of the Early Bird discount by booking before 18 April. Concession tickets are also available.

The course will run from Tuesday 25 to Sunday 30 May at Poplar Union.

If you have any questions or issues about booking, please get in touch – info@poplarunion.


COVID 19 rules, regulations and considerations

As this a professional training environment it is currently exempt from most regulations pertaining to COVID and the UK tier system, however we will of course need to take risk factors into account and do our best as participants in and producers of the event.

Matej will have had a test prior to travel and have quarantined the required amount in the UK before teaching the workshop.
It is imperative that if you start to develop symptoms at any time leading to or during the workshop that you seek a test and quarantine if you are positive.

All covid regulations imposed by Poplar Union must be adhered to including wearing masks in public areas and checking in/out each day.

Hand washing and or sanitising on arrival and before commencing the workshop including after breaks is compulsory.

This is a physical workshop with close physical contact at times between participants, please do not purchase a ticket if you are uncomfortable with this.

To minimise chances of transmission the group (maximum 18) will be subdivided into smaller groups that will only be physically close with those of their group, mask wearing in the rehearsal room is not compulsory however you may wear one if you prefer and you may request that a partner you are working closely with wear one during the exercise.

Next date: Tue 25 May 9am-5.45pm

£405 Early Bird (until 18 April) / OR £450 for 6 day course / £420 conc.
Age range: 16+

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