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Physical Theatre Performance from GHFT

In a traditional theater model, the meaning of a play is transmitted primarily through the spoken text. Some of our work draws on Physical Theatre techniques and pushes back against this structure. The company was originally formed by students of Jacques Lecoq, we draw on his techniques to produce works that range from non-verbal to multilingual, using rhythm, dynamics, and architecture to carve visual stories in space.

   Hover over the pics below to learn more about each performance project, and click on the photo for further info. Scroll down to read more about our theories in making Physical Theatre.

 Humans process language in a codified way. A series of sounds in a certain order make up a word, a series of words in a certain order make up a sentence. A series of stances make up a line or a monologue, and that means we, the audience, process the information linearly.

When you get most of your information through language, the experience lands just after the line.  The audience processes the words they just heard, and then the penny drops, the connections are made, and the playwright’s meaning is transmitted. Audiences are trained to expect this; awards are given to playwrights who create verbal zingers that do this. 

In contrast to this structure, in our approach to physical theater, our goal is for audiences to have a more simultaneous (rather than a primarily linear) experience of the story. We work to build a visual experience of the story, with some dialog in there for good measure to keep the linear part of the story on track. Our intention is for the audience to think, I’ve never seen this before, but I recognize it.  It is familiar to me.  Then we might ask you to put those images together in a new way.

 

We can’t show you anything new.  But we can offer a new angle to look at it from.