The Making Of Woyzeck - Part Five
Our series of videos and blogs continue, following the making of Woyzeck - a brand new large-scale production that features over 100 participants from the local community. Read about the rehearsal process and watch as the participants embark on the exciting journey of bringing Woyzeck to the stage.
Performances at The REP are always produced to the highest standard and in the short few hours that these productions last, we often forget the creative talent of the individuals who bring each scene to life. In this month's intensive workshop for the upcoming production of Woyzeck, I was able to observe the hard work and perseverance that is required to orchestrate even a deceptively simple market scene, like the one that the community cast were tasked with creating.
Moving on from the introductory activities of last session, the group was split into their specialties - music, acting and dance - in order to perfect the different elements needed to make the market scene look effortless. For this workshop I focused my attention on the dancers as Choreographer Rosie Kay assisted them in crafting and developing their roles within the scene.
Looking around the room it was uplifting to see that all the nerves from the last session had dissipated and the bonds that were being forged between members of the community cast last month seemed to have strengthened. This session, they were in their element and working coherently as a team to make the scene vibrate with energy. You could feel their enthusiasm with every step of the foot and clap of the hand.
Rosie was always on hand to offer a mixture of compliments and advice, giving them the building blocks needed to enhance their performance. But the artistry of their dances came solely from the creative talents of this small but spirited group. It became clear that this scene was not being dictated by Rosie or the production team, instead it was manoeuvred and adapted to the skills of the community cast in order to complete the overall effect of a coherent scene.
Watching the group develop their separate dances, it seemed almost a shame to combine each one as all of their performances could have easily taken centre stage. However, each production is like a jigsaw; it wouldn't work without each piece being aligned with the next. Today's session marked the beginnings of just a small section of this theatrical puzzle that is so often overlooked when observing the finished product. In order to appreciate the powerful production that will be coming to the stage in June, don't forget about the artistry that developed in the rehearsal rooms of The REP.
Woyzeck plays at The REP from 15-23 June.
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