This two-day workshop in Mumbai will teach performing artistes to explore the art of movement

01 March,2024 07:24 AM IST |  Mumbai  |  Devanshi Doshi

A two-day immersive workshop by an Olivier Award-nominee aims to train performing artistes to relive a story through their own physical vocabulary

Ingrouille conducts a workshop in England

Come Tuesday, Carrie-Anne Ingrouille will teach theatre-makers, creators, artistes and directors, the alphabets of movement. The Olivier-award nominee and choreographer of the famous girl group Six The Musical has flown down from England to conduct a 12-hour long workshop by theatre and arts management company QTP that will push creators to investigate their own bodies. "Movement is everywhere," Ingrouille tells this writer over a call just before she sets out to explore Sanjay Gandhi National Park, "It is what we do every day. Like right now, when we are having this conversation, I feel we could communicate so much better with our bodies."

Her workshop aims at breaking free of restrictions, while also following some in order to explore the various possible ways you can use physical vocabulary in storytelling. "Today, social media has helped creators and performers receive acknowledgement. But on the other hand, it has restricted the performance to a one-dimensional screen," shares the choreographer, adding how she once found herself stuck in her techniques and styles as well. "It was when I attended a workshop in 2014 that I broke free of the limitations my education in dancing put on me. I stripped away from my previous learnings to explore what more my body can do."

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille

The idea is not to forget your syllabus, styles or techniques, the celebrated choreographer, clarifies, "They are still very useful. We want you to connect all your energies - physical and mental - and probe within yourself what more your body is capable of."

The choreographer turned to musical theatre choreography and directing. In her workshop, she will include individual and group tasks and exercises to participants over the 12-hour-long-course to help them find their style. "I won't tell you that this is not the way you dance. It is not a hard and fast workshop. Instead, everyone should be at the starting page, and push themselves; not just to an exertion point, but to a point where you discover your body, texture, dynamics and style. Learning in a group allows you to spectate as well as work on yourself."

While her shows have often brought Ingrouille to India, this will be her first workshop in the country. "I am extremely overwhelmed, and I have so many exciting activities planned. All I ask of the participants is to have an open mind when they come along!"

On: March 5 and 6; 10 am to 4 pm
At: Laxmi Industrial Estate, Andheri West (full address revealed upon registration)
Call: 022 41642142 (for enquiries)
Log on to: @qtpindia (registration link in bio)
Cost: Rs 5,000

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