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.

Performer's ArenaPrinciples of BiomechanicsTheatre of the OppressedInvisible TheatreDancing With Words
Theatre of the Oppressed

When: 26 to 30 September 2022 – Monday to Friday – 4:00-8:00 pm
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Nambour

In this workshop, you will learn how to use theatre to make sense of difficult life situations and will gain the strength and confidence to deal with circumstances of injustice in your personal life, workplace, family setting or local community. Our aim is to encourage debate through the language of theatre, present alternatives and empower people to take lead and become the central characters in their own life stories.

By acting out rather than just talking about challenging episodes that happen to people in their daily routines, you will develop your critical thinking, team-building and problem-solving capabilities. Through theatre, you can take risks, analyse issues from different perspectives, and share spaces and experiences with the other participants.

First developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970s, Theatre of the Oppressed is a very influential instrument for individual mindfulness and wellbeing, conflict resolution, community building, social and political activism, and government legislation. It has been used worldwide to rethink oppression situations and effect transformation in people's lives and their communities.

This week-long intensive includes games and group exercises to develop the physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination.

We will focus on two theatrical styles developed by Augusto Boal: IMAGE THEATRE and FORUM THEATRE. The first involves a series of exercises designed to reveal the hidden truths about societies and cultures without resorting to the spoken word. Forum theatre is a theatrical game in which a possible solution to a problem is enacted by the audience.

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.

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

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

WHEN: Wednesdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
VENUE: Black Box Theatre, Nambour

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s PERFORMER’S ARENA is a year-long physical theatre workshop for anyone looking for a compelling way to escape from the stress of daily life, gain new perspectives and experience our ground-breaking approach to transforming intriguing social issues into beautiful poetic stories on the stage.

Develop your body awareness, self-expression, voice, self-confidence, stage dynamics, social connections and acting skills in a unique creative experience. You will be invited into the D.I.V.E. Collective’s training room and will join our ensemble in the same warm-ups, activities and creative routines we follow to prepare for our shows. You will be introduced to a series of physical exercises and group dynamics focused on strengthening your precision, balance, coordination, and discipline. No experience is required.

In a relaxed and friendly environment, you will be guided to explore your body's full capacity through movement, synchronisation, gesture, proximity, repetition and presence. You will learn how to use your physicality as the main medium for storytelling in your daily routine and on the stage. This workshop will enable you to gain confidence, challenge yourself and get acquainted with your body through theatre experiences that will help you improve soft skills such as leadership, communication, collaboration, problem-solving and adaptability.

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

We invite anyone interested in exploring the relationship between body, mind and the social space. This includes performing arts enthusiasts, teachers, Drama students, performers, artists and theatre directors. Join us every Wednesday and be part of an engaging community of like-minded creatives aimed at fostering connections, stimulating investigation and encouraging cooperation.

At D.I.V.E. we are deeply committed to physical theatre training. This allows us to stay connected, strengthen our artistic community and develop a collective language whilst improving a set of shared tools and skills to be used during devising and rehearsal periods.

The Performer’s Arena workshop is divided into four training blocks during the year and is aimed at participants aged 18+. You are welcome to join at the start of any training block.

Cost: $210 (per 8-week block)

BLOCK 4 LIMITED OFFER (ends 21 September 2022): Bring a friend and get 10% OFF on each ticket!

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

When: 29 & 30 October 2022 – Saturday & Sunday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Nambour

In this workshop, you will learn how theatre can be used to discuss and transform reality with concrete actions. Immerse yourself in a real scene, feel empowered to assume your role as a citizen and give visibility to situations of oppression in your personal context, workplace, family setting or local community that are invisible in daily life.

First developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970s, Invisible Theatre is an influential method to generate public discussion about social injustice and effect transformation in the lives of people and their communities.

Through a series of physical, sensory and memory theatre exercises, you will first be led to de-mechanise your body, ears and mind. This will enable you to develop your physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination. You will then be introduced to image games and character-building techniques used in theatre practice.

This weekend-long experience will culminate in an “invisible” short performance that will be staged in a public space, where involuntary viewers become active participants in a real situation of oppression. In this way, spectators are real contributors, spontaneously reacting and giving opinions about the discussion provoked by the performers. It is theatre that takes place in a non-traditional performance space with an audience that does not know it is an audience

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 Invisible Theatre techniques throughout his career as an actor and director in Brazil and Australia.

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

Dancing With Words

Creative Writing, Theatre & Movement workshop series

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Dancing With Words is a playful and dynamic workshop series for anyone interested in developing their self-expression, self-confidence, focus, body awareness and creative skills by immersing themselves in a physical and mindful connection with spoken and written language.

Build your creative writing talents through guided movement routines, role plays and writing exercises, and apply them to the composition of expressive and poetic scenes, stories and poems for the stage, a book or an artistic project.

This workshop series offers you a hands-on practice of creative writing with a focus on the contemporary stage, and an in-depth exploration of sounds, words, sentences and texts in English and other languages. We offer an inclusive space that encourages participants of any linguistic background to explore their awareness of the relationship between spoken word, written language and physical body from their own cultural perspective.

D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s unique approach to creative writing for the stage encompasses theatre games and exercises to relax your body/mind and sharpen the five senses. You will play and experiment with movements, relationships, time and the performance space. Then you will gradually see how sounds, words, sentences and dialogue naturally take shape on the stage, without any conscious effort to make them occur. This is when theatrical poetry starts to materialise and the real craft of the creative writer begins.

In a fun and relaxed environment, you will be encouraged to be an active creator by devising scenes, discovering movements to express spoken and written sentences, crafting texts, developing social connections and thinking creatively.

The workshop is entirely conducted by the insights, creations and material generated by the group, and guided by the directorship of our knowledgeable workshop facilitator, Priscila Da Cunha. As one of the founders of D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective and a skilled director, Priscila has facilitated creative writing and theatre experiences in schools, community groups and arts organisations in Brazil and Australia in the last 15 years. She has a Master Degree in Comparative Literature, has published academic articles and edited several anthologies of short stories for young people.

Dancing With Words is divided into four modules during the year. Each session is an independent unit; participants are encouraged to join any time.

Module 1: Dancing with sounds –  Saturday, 15 April 2023
Discover your inner voice and explore with your body, pen and paper the expressive essence of the sounds in our language.

Module 2: Dancing with wordsSaturday, 24 June 2023
Find out how movement and relationships can lead words to naturally materialise onstage. Dive deep into these small acts of language and give wings to your free-spirited prose on paper.

Module 3: Dancing with sentences –  Saturday, 5 August 2023
Explore the four sentence archetypes (statement, command, exclamation and question) through theatre exercises and movement and guide them to craft your word power on paper.

Module 4: Dancing with texts –  Saturday, 16 December 2023
Devise short  scenes for the stage and add colour to them through beautiful poetic texts, using juxtaposition and metaphors as a creative writing principle.

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Nambour
Price: $ 55 per module or $ 200 for all four modules