“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Italian director Karim Galici and Puerto Rican director Veronica Rodriguez are independent theater directors, who are creating an immersive sensorial theater production inspired by the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. They have been working together since 2013 when they met in the company Teatro de los Sentidos in Barcelona. They have created four immersive sensory theater productions together in Spain and Italy. The last show was inspired by the novel Le citta’ invisibili by Italo Calvino which premiered in Cagliari (Sardinia) in 2016.
The project is divided into two parts. Actors and collaborators will take an intensive workshop on sensory theater. After learning some of its techniques, the participants of this workshop will practice what they have learned by developing the show The Little Big Princess. The performance will be at North Park University Auditorium the first week of May. This project has been possible thanks to North Park University, Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Abaco Teatro (Italy) and Links Hall.
What is theater of the senses?
Sensory theater is a contemporary type of theater performance that has been developed in the last twenty years in Europe. It uses the senses and scenery as an important element of storytelling in a production making it one of the most innovative styles of theater. Stories are told using smells, installations, darkness, taste, sounds, interactions with touch, and intimate settings. Everything is put together to make the audience feel fully present in the production, inviting them to be an active participant of the narrative in the story.
“All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.” This will be the starting point of a playful approach to the game of the child/theater which is but a great metaphor of life.
● Using our senses for storytelling: The human body is a wonderful machine and it has physical sensory memory that can be stimulated by our sense of touch, hearing, smell, sight, and taste. Each sense will be studied on its own to experience its connection with our subconscious mind and create a specific narrative.
● Acting tools for an immersive performance: A holistic approach of the body will be used, involving movement, voice, and interaction, connecting with others by letting them connect with us.
● The Space: Participants will play with their sense of perception and intuition, encourage curiosity, and explore different rhythms, darkness and light, and the importance of the space. They will explore how they can charge a space with enough elements that the space itself tells the story.
● Objects and puppets will be manipulated as a means for storytelling.
●The next phase will concern the analysis of the text The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with attention to the elements that can be transformed into the staging of the performance.
"The Little Big Princess" will be the final part of participants’ training. We will work during the workshop towards the development of an adaptation of the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The show will be May 3, 4, 5, and 6 at the North Park University Auditorium.
The workshop can be extended to people of all ages who want to get involved and confront the playful performing aspect of the theatre. Previous experience in theater not required.
Dates Tuesdays – Thursdays April 17,19,24, 26 from 6pm-9:30pm
Saturdays – Sundays April 24, 26, 28, 29 from 11am – 7pm
Week of May 1-4 5pm – 10pm (open rehearsals, personal invitations and press showings)
Saturday and Sunday May 5, 6 9am -10pm (general public)
The workshop is 170 dollars for the whole experience.
Free for North Park University students, contact Dean Liz Ann Acosto from English Department.
To enroll, visit the website https://immersivesensoryworkshop.eventbrite.com
Scholarships are available for interested participants that can commit to the dates and have a background in the performing arts or other artistic medium. Candidates can send their resume, cover letter, and samples of their previous work either by photo or video to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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