2017.7.13 - 22 7-11pm
2017.7.15 & 22 2-6pm
(12 sessions in 10 days)
L5-10, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC)
$2500 (Full Enrolment)
About Théâtre du Soleil
du Soleil of France is currently the most unique
theatre company in the world. Since its
establishment in 1964, Théâtre
du Soleil with its 53 years of history, has been
supported by the French government. Yet it owes its
success to its director, Ariane Mnouchkine.
Mnouchkine's works borrowed from many oriental
theatre traditions without lacking originality. In
1970, the company moved into its current home base,
La Cartoucherie, a former munitions factory in the
Vincennes in Paris. Since then they have been
creating an alternative theatre space to let the
spectators have a different relationship with the
theatre space which can be altered according to the
needs of various works. The works of Théâtre
du Soleil are mostly collective collaborations
between Mnouchkine and the company members. The
company are often invited to perform in major
theatre festivals and its works are being made into
You may visit the official website of the Théâtre
du Soleil here:
Elements Involved |
drama improvisation directing
Who is it for?
People who have basic training in theatre and
of Théâtre du Soleil (France)
& Historical Memories
-- A Performance & Improvisation
Under the guidance of Shaghayegh
or Shasha, actors will be guided through
their creative, as well as rehearsal,
processes in the manner of the
world-renowned Théâtre du Soleil. In
this 10-day workshop, actors will be
asked to reflect on questions about
memory, referring to texts from
Literature, Social, Philosophy and
Psycho-analysis, and also historical
archives of Hong Kong's contemporary
history (books, documentaries,
etc.) The actors will then try to
'write', 'paint', or 'compose'
together on stage, a poetic collective
living Memorial in which the colorful
images of the 'Little History' reflects
some fragments of the 'Grand History'.
This workshop is suitable for devising
actors, playwrights and directors and
for those who have previous theatre
"Theater is the sport
of Memory. There's no Theater without Memory,"
History is an Ocean composed of million and millions
drops, each of which contains our individual
Where do we come from?
What does our black box contain?
What do we remember from our childhood? From the
stories our parents and grand parents told us?
Which part is reality? Which part is legend?
How does the omnipresence of all those technological
supports - which are in charge to stock any single
information of our life - influence the relationship
we have with our own personal memory which is able
to bring out from the deepest of our conscience some
hidden impressions and then is able to reconstitute
through these impressions a page of history in which
both reality and imagination influence each other …?
The Artificial Memory stocks huge amount of
information and restitutes them without pain and
without modifying them. The Human Memory, more
limited, but also more flexible and more creative,
is able to base itself on only a few impressions or
memories to edify a personal Memorial, with the
contribution of Imagination and the Unconscious.
Does this new habit to share non-stop, for hours on
end any information or sensations relative to our
Lives on informatics like Facebook, WhatsApp, SMS,
etc, modify the relationship we have with our
Does the continuous 24/7 non-stop live broadcast on
some TV channels modify our perception of History?
In the modern life, how does an Actor find the right
space to connect with his unconscious? And once he
gets connected, which one between the 1001 details,
impressions, sensations of his 'interior landscape'
will he select and choose to represent essential
instance of his life and how will he inscribe or
transpose them on stage?
During the ten days of the workshop, the group of
actors will be asked first to build a reflection
around all those questions, referring to literature,
social, philosophical and psychoanalytic texts and
also historical archives of Hong Kong's contemporary
history ( books, documentary, etc. ) All the actors
will try to 'write,' 'paint,' or 'compose' together
on stage, a poetic, collective living Memorial in
which the colorful images of the 'Little History'
reflects some fragments of the 'Grand History'.
Shaghayegh Beheshti (Shasha)
Born in Iran on 1974, and moved to
Paris with her parent since 1975. Shaghayegh
completed her Masters degree at University Sorbonne
Nouvelle in Paris. She first participated in
workshops led by Ariane Mnouchkine in 1997 and
joined the Théâtre
du Soleil since. In Dernier Caravansérail,
she was instrumental in decoding and translating the
stories of Afghan immigrants' stories and was later
involved as cultural consultant and performer. In
2007 she involved in the collaborative creation of
Les Éphémères and created the role of Perl.
She was on the script-writing team in Les
Naufrages du fol Espoir which toured to Taipei
where she performed. In 2012, she was invited by
Teatro Due Mondi to conduct improvisation workshops
to professionals actors as well as the refugees who
were applying for naturalization. She played the
major role in Théâtre
du Soleil's recent production of Une chambre en