Q: What is physical theatre?
Physical Theatre is a broad label that encompasses a myriad of theatrical and performative disciplines, new and old, a common denominator of which is their tendency to privilege movement and images over spoken or written language.
Examples of specific physical theatre styles include: puppetry, clowning, bouffon, Commedia Dell’Arte, melodrama, tragedy, mask, dance theatre, Butoh Dance, Kabuki, Noh, circus, burlesque, Dramatic Acrobatics, and more.
Q: Where can I learn more about physical theatre?
Schools with Full-Time Training Programs
- DELL’ARTE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL THEATRE (Blue Lake, CA)
- ÉCOLE INTERNATIONALE DE THÉÂTRE JACQUES LECOQ (Paris, France)
- TEATRO FISICO (Turin, Italy)
- ACCADEMIA DELL’ARTE (Arezzo, Italy)
- THE COMMEDIA SCHOOL (Copenhagen, Denmark)
- PIG IRON SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED PERFORMANCE TRAINING (Philadelphia, PA)
- MOVEMENT STUDIO THEATER NYC (New York City, NY)
- THE UME GROUP SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL THEATRE (New York City, NY)
- P3/East (various locations)
- ZEN ZEN ZO (Australia)
Q: Where can I take a class?
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