“Great acts are made up of small deeds” Lao Tzu
MARK HILL is an international Physical Theatre performer and educator. For the past decade he has trained and performed with cutting edge Australian companies Zen Zen Zo, The Danger Ensemble and De Quincey Co. He has been a Butoh dancer with Dairakudakan (Japan) and SU-EN Butoh Company (Sweden) and has toured the world with Cabaret Punk musician Amanda Palmer of the US band The Dresden Dolls. Mark has taught Physical Theatre throughout Australia, ASIA and Europe, and he teaches extensively for ISTA (International Schools Theatre Association). Mark is an Australian Education Ambassador, an ASIALINK leader and was an Art and Health & Physical Education teacher for many years.
The students focused on three very important concepts in physical theatre:
Energy (7 levels: Floppy, Monday Morning Wake Up, Curiosity, Awareness of Senses Strong Emotion, Best Day of Your Life, Dynamic Stillness with 5 being optimal that integrates the senses with emotion)
Focus (Fixed Point, Peripheral Focus)
They then had the opportunity to work with shape within Dynamic Stillness. Looking at the world through extraordinary shape with a focus on literal and abstract (interpretation and imagination) shape, allowed students to understand how their bodies create images in a performance.
Working together students created extraordinary shapes using repetition, opposition, closeness or distance, level or negative shape to create dynamic images that tell a story.