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‘Self-With-Others’: A psychophysical approach to training the individual in ensemble

John Britton

John Britton is Artistic Director of DUENDE, an international performance group dedicated to ensemble-based, interdisciplinary new work. Between 2004 and 2011 he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where for a number of years he ran an innovative practice-based MA in Ensemble Physical Theatre. He still retains a research affiliation to the University of Huddersfield and is one of the only academic-pracitioners in the UK with a specific research focus and practice in the training and directing of ensemble theatre. Britton has a continuing international practice as a trainer and director of ensembles. Recent workshops have taken place in Mexico, Slovenia, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, China, Portugal, Australia as well as the UK. Britton has extensive experience as a director, performer and writer of physical, interdisciplinary and text-based work. In 2013 he will teach, perform and direct in India for two months, as well as continuing to run DUENDE's programme of workshops and intensive, rural, residential training events. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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... For more on the relationship between training performers and these two psychologists, see Britton, J. ‘The Pursuit of Pleasure’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2010): 36–54. It is at the meeting...

Afterword: What is it?

John Britton

John Britton is Artistic Director of DUENDE, an international performance group dedicated to ensemble-based, interdisciplinary new work. Between 2004 and 2011 he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where for a number of years he ran an innovative practice-based MA in Ensemble Physical Theatre. He still retains a research affiliation to the University of Huddersfield and is one of the only academic-pracitioners in the UK with a specific research focus and practice in the training and directing of ensemble theatre. Britton has a continuing international practice as a trainer and director of ensembles. Recent workshops have taken place in Mexico, Slovenia, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, China, Portugal, Australia as well as the UK. Britton has extensive experience as a director, performer and writer of physical, interdisciplinary and text-based work. In 2013 he will teach, perform and direct in India for two months, as well as continuing to run DUENDE's programme of workshops and intensive, rural, residential training events. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...This book has aimed at complexity. I have not tried to define ensemble for, as I wrote at the beginning, and as you will have seen, there are many competing perspectives, and little value in trying to force them to agree.I have...

Introduction

John Britton

John Britton is Artistic Director of DUENDE, an international performance group dedicated to ensemble-based, interdisciplinary new work. Between 2004 and 2011 he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where for a number of years he ran an innovative practice-based MA in Ensemble Physical Theatre. He still retains a research affiliation to the University of Huddersfield and is one of the only academic-pracitioners in the UK with a specific research focus and practice in the training and directing of ensemble theatre. Britton has a continuing international practice as a trainer and director of ensembles. Recent workshops have taken place in Mexico, Slovenia, France, Germany, Greece, Sweden, China, Portugal, Australia as well as the UK. Britton has extensive experience as a director, performer and writer of physical, interdisciplinary and text-based work. In 2013 he will teach, perform and direct in India for two months, as well as continuing to run DUENDE's programme of workshops and intensive, rural, residential training events. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

Books

3

... in actor training, see Britton, J., ‘The Pursuit of Pleasure’, Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2010): 36–54. We … feel we have stepped out of the boundaries of the ego and have become...
... Yet, while LeCompte and I hold as much decision-making authority over the work of The Wooster Group and ERS, respectively, as Wilson or Foreman over theirs, our work is not attributed to Elizabeth LeCompte or John Collins. We attribute...

Introduction

Encountering Ensemble

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

Books

3

... raises the question that I suggested above – what if someone leaves? Or a new person joins? Is an ensemble still the same ensemble if all its members, over time, are replaced? These are questions John Collins, artistic director of Elevator...