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 While you are at home, or unable to see live theatre, to do dance classes, or visit the library, there is still a lot you can do to keep active physically and mentally. In this blog I have compiled some sites you can visit for practical learning, creative inspiration and ways to watch live performances from home. I have repeated a few from my last post, which you may have missed. I hope that you all find something here to excite you:

 

Online lessons:

Northern Ballet yoga class: https://northernballet.com/live

Gaga – Go to this zoom for a dance class: https://zoom.us/w/204364435?tk=8Y8RWlWeb2gJ_vdowTChxMJV3lvfI-WD18HIrhto6lU.DQEAAAAADC5akxZFNV9EMS1CQlNHQ29LTm1BZzdaVmNRAA

If you fancy a Tai Chi lesson, then go here – http://www.seahorsearts.co.uk/360-videos/

 

Research into and study of theatre:

FutureLearn online short courses: https://www.futurelearn.com

Visit this website to learn such things is Meyerhold’s biomechanics or the world of Avant Garde Japanese Butoh

Academic research: https://www.academia.edu

Visit this site for books on theorists, world theatre traditions and directing

TEDTalks – Here are a couple of TED talks, the first is with Handspring Puppet Company, and the second is with stage designer Es Devlin. Both will give you ideas for your Collaborative Project, Director’s notebook or Solo Theatre Piece.

  1. On ‘Warhorse’ and Puppetry:

“Puppets always have to try to be alive,” says Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company, a gloriously ambitious troupe of human and wooden actors. Beginning with the tale of a hyena’s subtle paw, puppeteers Kohler and Basil Jones build to the story of their latest astonishment: the wonderfully life-like Joey, the War Horse, who trots (and gallops) convincingly onto the TED stage.

https://www.ted.com/talks/handspring_puppet_co_the_genius_puppetry_behind_war_horse#t-29660

 

  1. On Stage Sculptures by Es Devlin:

It starts with a sketch. Then it evolves into a larger-than-life visual masterpiece, a celebration of human connection. Follow along as legendary artist and designer Es Devlin takes us on a visual tour of her work — including iconic stage sculptures she’s created for Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, U2 and more — and previews her design for the upcoming World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

https://www.ted.com/talks/es_devlin_mind_blowing_stage_sculptures_that_fuse_music_and_technology?rid=OSSzym8Slo5u&utm_source=recommendation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=explore&utm_term=watchNow#t-464521

 

Here is a link to an IB Theatre teacher’s own site with loads of material to help you with your course:

https://ibtheatrereadingroom.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/theatre-online-and-free-stuff-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR39XFNz7UYSkdnDdYa0jeQ0gmBxCBx4DRJD93vPWnl5sbfnNDDXYBEUOg4

 

Productions you can watch online:

 Cheek by Jowl productions:

  1. Measure for Measure in Russian – https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/keriann%40ista.co.uk/FMfcgxwHMsXXGWdhdtqFJGtbqZSKFrpn?projector=1

 

  1. The Winter’s Tale in English –

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/keriann%40ista.co.uk/FMfcgxwHMsXXGWdhdtqFJGtbqZSKFrpn?projector=1

 

For free National Theatre productions (please do make a donation though) visit this site:

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

 

For full-length musicals go here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag

I hope that you find something here to inspire you.

Written by Fenella Kelly 26/05/2020