StoneCrabs had the wonderful opportunity to run workshops in Tokyo for CaramelBox Theatre Company. Franko Figueiredo, Tereza Araujo and Kwong Loke spent a series of successful weeks in Tokyo working on this programme with Japanese actors.
A rich dialogue, mutual learning and enhanced mutual respect were achieved. Ground covered by the workshops included Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, staging Shakespeare and Voice for the stage. This exchange marked the beginning of a successful partnership and culminated with a sharing of devised work based on Hamlet.
Our international programme Dialogues in Theatre is committed to the practice of cultural exchange and the celebration of shared experience by promoting a participant-centred philosophy through the medium of Theatre. To make this a reality, StoneCrabs undertakes to exchange with other companies as well as to train participants both in the UK and in other countries to become the practitioners/facilitators of the future.
Comments from UK-Japan Workshops 2008 (tentative translations):
“I had no idea about Shakespeare before the workshop, but now I understand it much more and most importantly, now I enjoy Shakespeare”. – Konoka
“Such a great exchange. I learned how important it is (and how to best) free my mind.” – Chiho
“I wasn’t expecting to learn so much from our exchange, I was particularly taken by the techniques of theatre of images, the physical excercises and how to pursue script analysis.” Yayoi
The project was supported by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation