Category: Training

Training

Our Vision

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s goal is to use theatre as a tool for reflection and social change, and we believe movement and interaction to be the most influential form of theatrical expression.

Together with live performances, we also want to bring our training methods to the heart of the community to generate discussion and incite action.

D.I.V.E.’s training program focuses on developing the dramatic and political potential in movement. Blending physical theatre (Meyerhold’s Biomechanics), political theatre (Theatre of the Oppressed), devising techniques (Composition) and immersive theatre practices (Augusto Boal’s Invisible Theatre), we place community engagement and the human body at the centre of the theatrical process.

Our programs are open for actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists, students, teachers and performing arts enthusiasts who want to develop their acting skills, body awareness, self-expression, voice and stage dynamics.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed

A week-long hands-on introduction to Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed methodology.

Theatre of the Oppressed is a very influential instrument for individual reflection and social change. First developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970s, TO’s techniques are widely known and practised around the world as a means to effect transformation in the lives of people and their communities.

In this week-long intensive, we will focus on two theatrical styles developed by Augusto Boal: IMAGE THEATRE and FORUM THEATRE. The workshop includes games and group exercises to develop the physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination.

Through practical activities, discussions and a historical overview of Boal’s TO methodology, participants will have an in-depth experience of how Image Theatre and Forum Theatre can be a tool for social reflection, action and change. There will also be opportunities for participants to engage as actors, spect-actors and jokers.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, who was born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated TO’s techniques throughout his career as an actor and director in Brazil and Australia.

When: 26 to 30 September 2022 - Monday to Friday - 4:00-8:00 pm
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Nambour
Cost: $270 (Early Bird – until 12 September 2022), OR $310

Very experiential learning.

2020 Workshop participant

Fun, moving, informative, dynamic.

2020 Workshop participant

The entire experience was exactly what I was hoping for. So great to be able to learn methodologies and perspectives in person, rather than literary learning.

2020 Workshop participant

Principles of Biomechanics

Principles of Biomechanics

During this physical theatre workshop, we will investigate the principles of Biomechanics, a system of physical techniques created by Russian actor and director Vsevolod Meyerhold (1874-1940). These intricate movement practices explore in-depth the mechanical and organic aspects of theatrical play, which enable the actor to focus his awareness on each gesture produced on the stage.

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Principles of Biomechanics workshop includes a practical overview of Meyerhold’s études: physical training exercises to fine-tune the body and discipline the actor’s actions, reactions, impulses and responses on the stage. This psychophysical approach to performance aims at developing basic skills such as rhythm, precision, balance, playfulness, harmony, coordination, responsiveness, confidence and expressiveness.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated Meyerhold’s techniques throughout his career as an actor and director.

When: Saturday, 29 January, 2022 - 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Nambour
Cost: $110 (Early Bird – until 15 January 2022), OR $140

Training of this calibre is rare in the Sunshine coast.

2020 Workshop participant

A good mix of moments with concentration, focus, body awareness and playful games for building up energy.

2022 Workshop participant

Strong content; thorough in-depth experience.

2022 Workshop participant

Performer’s Arena

Performer’s Arena

ARENA: a place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict. 

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s PERFORMER’S ARENA is an ongoing, year-long contemporary & physical theatre training program for performing artists, directors, Drama students, teachers and performing arts enthusiasts, which aims at building an engaging community of creative minds to foster connections, stimulate investigation and encourage cooperation.

The training encompasses an in-depth approach to several methodologies and techniques used by D.I.V.E. Collective, including Biomechanics, Theatre of the Oppressed, Devising, Immersive Theatre and Composition.

In a relaxed and friendly environment, participants are encouraged not only to learn and practice different contemporary & physical theatre approaches but also to experiment, research, discuss, act, collaborate and create, in order to transform their acting and strengthen relationships with themselves and others on the stage.

Performer’s Arena is divided into four training blocks during the year and is aimed at participants aged 18+. No previous experience is required. Even though teaching progresses in a chain from one module to the next, participants are welcome to join at the start of any training block.

When: Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Nambour
Cost: $210 (per 8-week block), OR $380 (two 8-week blocks), OR $550 (annual fee - three 8-
week blocks)

DATES:
Block 1: 9 February – 30 March (CLOSED)
Block 2: 11 May – 29 June
Block 3: 20 July – 7 September
Block 4: 5 October – 23 November

Great training, well taught by a master.

2021 Workshop participant

Intensive experiential learning, broken down in pieces, constructing day by day.

2021 Workshop Participant

Fun, intense, enlightening, embodied.

2021 Workshop participant

Invisible Theatre

Invisible Theatre

Invisible Theatre makes oppression visible”

(Augusto Boal)

Invisible Theatre, one of the main techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed, was developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970s as an influential method to generate public discussion about oppression and effect transformation in the lives of people and their communities.

Through practical activities, discussions and a historical overview of Boal’s Invisible Theatre methodology, participants will have an in-depth experience of how this form of theatrical play can be a powerful tool for social reflection and action. The workshop includes games and group exercises to develop the physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination.
The weekend-long experience will culminate in an “invisible” short performance that will be staged in public space, where involuntary viewers become active participants of a real situation.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, who was born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated TO’s techniques throughout his career as an actor and director in Brazil and Australia.

When: 29 & 30 October 2022 - Saturday & Sunday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Nambour
Cost: $170 (Early Bird – until 15 October 2022), OR $210

This was a great introduction to the philosophy and ideas behind theatre of the oppressed. The facilitator had a deep knowledge of this theatre style and it was fantastic to work with such open and creative people.

2020 Workshop participant

I like the possibilities this form of theatre provides to effect social change.

2020 Workshop participant

It challenged me and got me out of my comfort zone several times.

2020 Workshop participant