AS Junoon turns creativity into fun this summer through their childrens workshops,three new options have been added to the list. Theatre personality Sunil Shanbag is conducting a workshop at Kids Club,Khar,called So You Want To Act,which is a short introduction to the skills and craft of stage performance. My intent is to introduce young people to what goes into making of an actor. For me,an ideal actor is a fully evolved being,who is self-aware,sensitive,compassionate and curious, says Shanbag. He plans to give participants a glimpse of their inner lives,and help them connect with each other through the workshop that is on from June 1-8. We will play games,take part in physical exercises and put our imagination and intelligence to use, he reveals.
Meanwhile,Chennai-based contemporary dancer Preethi Athreya,who has trained in Bharatanatyam and holds a post-graduate degree in dance studies,will host two workshops Bodyspeak and Dance Response that will be held from May 20-29 at the Kids Club. Explaining the former,Athreya says that it is targeted at eight-10-year-olds and is based on the belief that each one of us can be a dancer. We will work together in a group to explore the world of movement and find our own skills from interaction and improvisation, she says. The latter will teach youngsters in the age group of 14-16 to empathise through the body and to find a way to heal the same with simple principles of movement. The workshop requires you to read newspapers everyday through the period of the workshop and scan the contents for news of bodily violence. The participants will then meet and explore some simple principles of movement and slowly begin to improvise around the articles from the news that each brings in, she concludes.