Two day Intensive Workshop: Introduction to Critical Response Process (CRP) with Liz Lerman

Rehearsal Room, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 55 Ridgeway Street, Belfast, BT9 5FB
Tuesday 27th & Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 10am to 5pm
£40 for Dance Resource Base and TheatreNI members / £80 for Non-Members (Member Bursaries available)
Contact: projects@theatreni.org / 028 9031 1806 (Booking required as places limited)
More information about CRP here and here.

TheatreNI and Dance Resource Base are pleased to announce that they will host Critical Response Process (CRP) training workshops led by the internationally acclaimed US choreographer and theatre maker, Liz Lerman.  

While focused on the performing arts, this workshop intensive is suitable for all artists interested in developing a feedback process for the creative development of their own work as well as for any producers, programmers or administrators who are involved in artist development. So if you are involved in staging a new play, devising a new piece of theatre or choreographing a dance performance, CRP will help you learn critical skills in how to get fresh, non-judgmental and useful feedback from peers, the public, and experts. It will also enable you to learn the tools to do the same for others and be part of a growing community of CRP trained practitioners in the UK and Ireland.

Liz has previously provided CRP training for Federation of Scottish Theatre, The Place, London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bealtaine, Yale School of Drama, Harvard University, Tisch School of the Arts and Ausdance.

CRP was developed by Liz Lerman as a system for gathering feedback about a new work of theatre or dance based on the principle that the best possible outcome for any maker is to want to go back to work!  In use for over twenty years, CRP has deepened the dialogue between theatre makers and their audiences, enhanced learning between teachers and students and has proven valuable to all kinds of creative endeavours, work situations, and collaborative relationships within and beyond the arts.

In this workshop, expect rigor and humour in equal measures as Lerman introduces the Process and then dives right in to applying it.

As an outcome of this project, TheatreNI (TNI) and Dance Resource Base (DRB) want to bring together a cohort of professionals who can use CRP in developing their own work and assist others in developing theirs. The hope is that the cohort will form a nurturing community of artists and arts professionals who can support each other to continue developing high-quality performance work. 

As part of this project, DRB and TNI are working with the Wales Millennium Centre who will be developing their own CRP cohort. It is intended that these cohorts will work together and support each other in the future. Several artists from the Republic of Ireland will also join the cohort and an active cohort exists already in Scotland.

Belfast City Council and Arts Council of Northern Ireland have provided major financial support for this project. Project partners include TheatreNI, Dance Resource Base, Wales Millennium Centre, Lyric Theatre, Replay Theatre Company, Maiden Voyage Dance and Dance Ireland.

Please note that while refreshments will be provided on both days, lunch is not included in the ticket price. Lunch will be BYO or via special deal with the Lyric Theatre.

 

Bursaries for Dance Resource Base and TheatreNI Members

Bursary Cost: £20 per person + Short Blog/Video diary about workshop

Deadline for Applications: 5pm, Friday 26 May 2017

Contact: projects@theatreni.org

Individual TNI and DRB members are eligible for a small number of bursaries to make attending this workshop affordable for those not receiving annual funding from either Arts Council of Northern Ireland or Belfast City Council. Successful applicants will receive a 50% discount on the cost of the workshop in return for providing a short blog or vlog about their experiences of the CRP training.

To apply for a bursary, you must be resident in Northern Ireland and willing to participate in any future cohort development activity. Applications should be no more than 500 words and address the following questions:

  1. Why would taking part in this workshop intensive be a valuable experience for you and your career development?
  2. What specific benefit would receiving a bursary give you?

 

More about Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honours, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant," a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, and a 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company's unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. Her work has been commissioned by the Harvard Law School, the Lincoln Centre, American Dance Festival, and the Kennedy Centre, among many others.

She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2011, and her most recent work, Healing Wars, starring Hollywood actor, Bill Pullman, toured across the US in 2014-15. Liz conducts residencies on Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance performance at such institutions as Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the National Theatre Studio, among others. Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and released in paperback in 2014. In 2016 Liz was named the first Institute Professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, where she is building a new ensemble lab focused on creative research.