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Physical Theatre Workshops

Proposed Workshops:- 1.Teaching physical skills and processes to devise original theatre 2.Working with students to physicalize a text and/or adapting a play into a physical theatre performance

Artist Information

Beth Kayes/Co.Theatre Physical

Website: http://www.cotheatrephysical.co.nz

Phone: (09) 845-1906 or www.cotheatrephysical.co.nz

Email: bethkayes@hotmail.com


Beth trained in theatre and circus in N.Z and London. From 1991-1995 Beth performed with Australian company Legs on the Wall and toured with them nationally and internationally performing in the award-winning show All of Me and in acclaimed aerial work Homeland which was televised nationally by the ABC for the millennium broadcast. Over the years she has been involved in numerous projects for theatre and screen as actor, director, teacher for Theatre At Large, Pandemonium, Stalker, Belvoir St Theatre, UNITEC. She is the producer and artistic director for Co.Theatre Physical touring shows to schools and Festivals. Co.Theatre Physical's recent critically acclaimed show OOH BABY BABY! has toured to Taranaki Festival '09, THE EDGE at the Concert Chamber '09, Bay of Islands Festival 2010 and will be at FUEL Festival of N.Z Theatre July 2nd and 3rd, Hawkins Theatre, Papakura August 12th and 13th and at Nelson Festival October 15th, 16th and 17th. www.cotheatrephhysical.co.nz

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Drama

Topics or Genres of Expertise: Physical Theatre, Devising theatre

Languages Spoken: English

Target Age Group: Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Auckland


2011 - August, September, October, November, December

Space and Resources Required: Materials, Computer, DVD player

Indicative Costs:

  • 40.00 per hour
  • Travel: 70cents per km

Mode of Delivery: Presentation, Workshop

Cultural Context: All cultures


Another Dance Company moved from the U.K to New Zealand in August 2010.

A.D.C's work includes;
- professional contemporary choreography & performance
- dance education for young people and adults within formal education and the community
- project management.

Our dance education work includes performance projects, cross-curricular work, dance P.E, extended schools clubs and S.E.N projects.

Performance projects range from choreographing dance with young people to planning, creating and managing performance events.

Another Dance Company create cross-curricular projects to engage young people in curriculum subjects through dance. A.D.C's main focus in this area so far has been to bring literature to life through movement. A.D.C. secured funding from the Clore Duffield Foundation (U.K.) to work with 6 different schools on a dance and text project. Each group created a dance based upon a story, which they went on to perform. The entire project was conceived, planned, choreographed and managed by A.D.C.

Another Dance Company deliver dance P.E. sessions with a focus upon developing and refining movement skills. Sessions can include music and drama components for a more holistic performing arts experience.

A.D.C facilitate longer term in-depth projects with a real focus on the development of young people. Dance is the medium to achieve change in other areas of young people's lives. Agreed specific aims, decided with the school and pupils, steer the content of the delivery. Through Creative Partnerships (a flagship government initiative in the U.K) Another Dance Company have delivered focused projects to raise confidence and aspirations, and to improve reading and writing skills.

Another Dance Company create and deliver sessions and performance projects for young people with special educational needs. Past projects have included regular sessions leading to performances, intensive arts week dance activities, and youth group projects. A.D.C work in both primary and secondary S.E.N. schools as well as with community groups.

Another Dance Company deliver a range of adult projects.
Past work includes;
-teaching the dance & movement component of the Circus in Performance Course at Greentop Circus,
-leading adult community sessions,
-establishing and organising Sheffield Dance Collective; monthly workshops with guest teachers for the professional dance community.

A.D.C create and facilitate inset training days for teachers. Mentoring programmes support performing arts specialists working in education. Another Dance Company devise and manage projects from conception to evaluation.

Laura Aldridge, artistic director of Another Dance Company, has a BPA in Contemporary Dance from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (U.K) and 4 years experience in dance education.

Programme Information


Helen Moran shared her story telling expertise with our classes at Fendalton School. Our new entrant class chose the story Tangaroa’s Gift. Helen captured the children’s attention immediately with an active introduction. Her enthusiasm and vitality portrayed her passion in this area. She explained the meaning of Tangaroa and the Maaori language throughout the story. Helen taught the children step by step, introducing actions that the children could incorporate and add their own flare to. She fostered the children’s confidence in performing and physical expression as she gave each child a role in the story. She was aware of individual needs, provoking thoughts and feelings with drama. I loved her enthusiasm, use of voice, movement and facial expressions. Helen’s ability to develop children’s imagination and thoughts around storytelling is enriching to children and also inspiring to teachers. Thank you Helen. Karen Brown Room 4 Fendalton School Methven School: Fiona Maw "Just a quick note to pass on our thanks again for your sessions in week one. The teachers are all busy making wall displays, books and movies so we can revisit again and again."

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: Yes

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