[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Big Play, Small Stage: A Tréteau Workshop for Physical Performers

Nicole Quenelle nicolequenelle at gmail.com
Mon Feb 20 14:30:35 EST 2017

A 2-Day Tréteau Workshop for Physically Adventurous Performers!

Philadelphia March 18th-19th & New York City March 4th-5th

The tréteau (French for 'trestle') is a small, elevated stage that was used
by traveling Commedia dell'Arte troupes in Renaissance Italy. Rather than
relying on costly set pieces and props, performers used the constrained
space of the tréteau to expand their physical vocabulary, creating space
and images using only their voices and bodies. As a core element of the
pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, training on the tréteau allows performers to
compose stage images with the precision of a photographer--with the small
space functioning like a tightly focused camera lens.

In this workshop, groups of 4-6 performers will work together on the
tréteau to build narratives with innovative storytelling techniques and
precisely articulated movement and gestures. The small stage is the
platform for telling big stories!

Headlong Studios
March 18th 2-6 p.m.
March 19th 3-7 p.m.

Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer St, Brklyn)
March 4th 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
March 5th 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost for both days: $80
Each workshop is limited to 15 participants -- register soon!

You can view the facebook event here:

To register, email nicolequenelle at gmail.com. We can't wait to see you!

Nicole Quenelle is a theater maker and writer based in Philadelphia. She
created and performed in THE LONG TIDES, a solo clown/character piece in
the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Originally from Durham, NC, she was
a member of the award-winning Little Green Pig for seven years, with whom
she performed in abandoned paper mills, coffee shop basements, and old
boxing gyms. She has taught movement-based workshops at William Peace
University, Durham School for the Arts, Temple University, Duke University,
and Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater. Nicole trained in Lecoq-based devised
theater in Florence, Italy with master teachers Matteo Destro, Elizabeth
Baron, Giovanni Fusetti, Norman Taylor, and Amy Russell. More info:

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro is an actress, mime, clown, teaching artist, and
theater creator. She is a graduate of Princeton University and of Giovanni
Fusetti's Helikos Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale (Lecoq-based
training in Florence, Italy). Marisol's red nose clown solo show, HERE AT
HOME, premiered in the storefront art gallery of a tattoo parlor in
Philadelphia's 2015 Fringe Festival and has since played in the NY
International Clown Theater Festival (The Brick, Brklyn); Bloomsburg
Theatre Ensembe's Women's Solo Theater Festival; and at Phillips Academy
(Andover, MA). Recent NYC performance/devising work includes
dance/acrobatics-based BABEL (Convergences Theatre Collective); and THE
LAST COIN (Spellbound Theatre). Marisol teaches at the New Victory Theater,
TADA! Youth Theater, At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy, LeAp
NYC, Phillips Academy, and Sitka Fine Arts Camp (Sitka, AK). She is also a
proud volunteer performer/teacher for Clowns Without Borders.

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