Writing and movement – a residential workshop

4th – 9th June
Au Brana Centre, Lectoure, France
Led by OBRA with writer Lucy Burnett

OBRA Theatre Co and Carcanet poet Lucy Burnett are seeking passionate and interested artists who wish to participate in a 6 day research session at the Au Brana Centre in Southern France led by psychophysical theatre practitioners Kate and Oliviero Papi of OBRA and poet / writer / creative writing tutor Lucy Burnett.

The session will draw on, and further, the innovative, cutting-edge practice-led research which OBRA and Lucy have been developing into Writing from the Body as primary source. This involves exploring how language can be generated in response to a body in motion, as well as using one’s own body as the physical and intellectual stimulus.

We seek writers interested in engaging with their own physicality within their writing practice, and performers who wish to develop their capacity to generate their own texts. There are no set expectations as to what form the writing might take, nor does one need to be or become a dancer in order to engage with the physical practice proposed. Instead, the creative team will explore, share and hopefully expand the pedagogical structures under development, in collaboration with participants. This will be a period of active research to explore the potential extrinsic and intrinsic relationships between physical expression, movement and writing as creative processes.

OBRA’s practice, grounded in psycho-physical principles, is rooted within the body and mind working in harmony with the imagination. Lucy’s writing is particularly interested in the processes of emergence, re-emergence and change, within shifting textual, bodily and physical contexts.

The session will take place at the Au Brana Centre, a formerly ruined farm now transformed into a tranquil and focused creative environment with onsite accommodation provided.

The fee for this session will be €300 which includes food and accommodation at Au Brana, and a minimum of 6 hours training per day for 6 days. This will be on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of 15 participants, and to secure a place you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €100 (refunded if we cancel). Successful applicants will need to cover their own travel expenses, arriving at Au Brana 3rd June and departing 10th June.

To apply for the session, please return a completed application form to info@aubrana.com. OBRAWORKSHOP SAPP

Any enquiries please contact Oliviero at; info@aubrana.com or for more info see http://www.obratheatre.co/ workshops/

Through the Weather Glass poetry installation launches & tour – Lucy Burnett


During 2016, an interactive installation version of Lucy Burnett’s hybrid novel, Through the Weather Glass (Knives Forks & Spoons 2015), is going on UK tour with the financial support of Arts Council England & Leeds Beckett University. Come join lead character Icarus on a Lewis Carrollian journey through the weather glass of climate change into the word beyond at one of three upcoming launch events:

19th April, The Kings Arms, Salford, 6.30 for 7pm – Launch & performance
20th April, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Beckett University, 5pm – Viewing & talk
21st April, Kava Café, Todmorden, 7pm – Viewing & participatory performance.

More here.