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TRBTS – Wellness Spring 2020

TRBTS – Wellness Spring 2020

Event Information

Day: Wednesday
Dates: 22nd January – 1st April 2020
Time: 5pm – 7pm

Showing from Wed 22 Jan — Wed 1 Apr

School year 9-13

Being fully present in the current moment is the ultimate goal of any performer, but the lessons of mindfulness can also help in everyday life. Our new Theatrical Wellness sessions will explore mindfulness techniques, gentle physicality, and the holistic approach of mind and body united into performance. In the busy run up to exam season, we are hopeful that these transferable skills will provide a calm, confident bedrock from which to build.

 

Sessions 1-5 with Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn

All sessions will begin with a yoga based physical warm up, and will include meditation/reflection practice.

 

Session 1/ 22nd Jan – Granting Ourselves Permission – To give yourself permission to succeed, you have to first give yourself permission to fail. The truth is that real life has mistakes in it, and mistakes can be great teachers, if we take the opportunity to learn from them. “Mistakes” can lead us down exciting new creative paths, tangents can become enlightening – using games, improvisation, and clowning exercises we will explore the freedom in granting ourselves permission.

 

Session 2/ 29th Jan – Day on Day Practice – Finding time in the hectic day to day for self care can seem impossible – in this session we will explore gentle ways to carve out space in your day for *you*. This will include meditation and mindfulness practice, gentle exercise opportunities, wellness journaling, and reflection. All of these techniques can be applied to controlling performance nerves, and finding ways to make that nervous energy work for you.

 

Session 3 / 5th Feb – Working Together – Every theatre maker knows that having a good ensemble team around you is the most vital ingredient to creating good art, but there is also an art in knowing when to ask for help from those around you, and in offering support in an encouraging way. A fun interactive session of team problem solving, puzzling scenarios, and some good laughs!

 

Session 4 / 12th Feb – Crafting the Vision – Sometimes it can be hard to strike out towards a goal when we’re not actually 100% sure what the destination should look like. In this session we will looking at how to utilise the mindfulness technique of visualisation to create strong and lasting bonds to what you want to achieve, but most importantly, how you want to feel on the way there. This session will involve some crafting and collaging, utilising theatrical design techniques, and employing our dramaturgical brains!

 

Session 5 / 26th Feb – A Song and Dance – Aside from just being fun, singing and dancing together has been proven to reduce stress levels, increase social bonds, improve mental alertness, and act as gentle but effective exercise. So, what better way to round of the term than having a good old sing-song and a bit of a boogie? Learn some new choral songs, and explore both solo grooves and simple group choreography with Sophie.

 

Sessions 6-10 with Claudia Hope

Every session will begin with a yoga practice, which will be suitable for everyone, and every body; all genders, shapes and sizes.  You don’t have to be at all bendy, and it’s also fine if you are! Yoga is a great way to connect with your body, how you are feeling and what you need.  It supports strength, flexibility and relaxation, and is a wonderful practice to help prepare for rehearsal or performance, as well as being of great benefit in every day life.

The second half of each session will have a specific focus, exploring different practices that aim to support you as people and as performers.

The sessions will build upon each other so if you can come to them all that’s great, but they also stand alone.

 

Session 6/ 4th March – Yoga followed by Body Listening – We use our bodies every day, and they are really important when performing! You inhabit the body of a character, emotions are felt in the body, or you may be part of a very physical piece.  But how connected are we to our bodies?  We will use creative approaches to explore what our bodies are actually made of and what goes on inside them, to support feeling more alive.

 

Session 7/ 11th March – Yoga followed by Breathing Basics –  Breath keeps us alive, and how we breathe hugely affects our wellbeing, as well as our ability to perform.  We will use body based and creative activities to learn more about what helps our breathing and what hinders it, and how we can use our breathing to help manage stress and anxiety.

 

Session 8/ 18th March – Yoga followed by Warming Up/Warming Down – You will learn to tune in to what you need to do to help yourself prepare for a rehearsal or a performance, so that each warm up is really useful, rather than just something you do because you feel you should!  We will also look at how to take care of yourself after performing, and at how some of these techniques can help you in other life situations such as exams, interviews or social occasions.

 

Session 9/ 25th March – Yoga followed by Confidence Coaching – How often do you tell yourself things like ‘I’m no good at…’ ‘This always goes wrong…’ ‘I’d be much better at that if…’? These beliefs can seem absolutely true, but what if they aren’t?  We will play with exercises, that will include listening to our feelings, to help us develop different ways of seeing ourselves and the world, building confidence and self esteem.

 

Session 10/ 2nd April – Yoga followed by Improvised Dance – Drawing on a range of dance and movement practices this will be a led session with music. You will be guided to follow your instincts and what your body wants to do rather than learn a sequence of steps.  Moving in this way can be incredibly freeing, relaxing and a lot of fun.  It can also be used as part of a warm up or anytime you want to let go of a busy mind!

£8 per session

Day: Wednesday
Dates: 22nd January – 1st April 2020
Time: 5pm – 7pm

Sessions 1-5 with Sophie Jacobs-Wyburn