These new INCUBATE intensive workshops, which started in 2015, provide an opportunity into the world of CITA as the company approaches its next productions. Rather than teaching skills in isolation, we use this workshop series every year to propose creative problems and offer solutions to them.

Using CITA’s initial ideas as a starting point, the workshops focus on: How we can make links between movement, playing and creative work How we can build situations to carry a spectator into the world of our imagination Designed for actors, directors and writers who have a strong interest in creating in groups, however all levels of experience are welcome. Working as CITA does, these workshops are largely movement and practice-based.

今回はシリーズでのワークショップを行います。 CITAの世界をその方法とともに一緒に探っていこうと思います。 CITAの次回作へのアイディアを原点とし、ワークショップでは次のことに取り組みます: ・ムーブメントとプレイ’遊び’や想像活動をどう結びつけ作品作りするのか ・自身のイマジネーションをどうやって観客に届けるのか、それを可能にする状況をどう作るのか グループのなかで創作することに興味を持つすべての俳優や演出家、作家に適したワークショップデザインです。 経験の有無は問いませんが、動くことがメインになる実践的なワークショップです。

CITA’s Associate Director Tatsuya Yasumoto talks candidly about INCUBATE

"Very good time at the Consolidate workshop. Fun warm up exercises keeping the players on their toes and in the moment. Very physical and intimate pair work getting everyone up close and personal... Highly recommended for those who want to explore and discover process and learn some valuable things."
Chris Parham
Theatre Director, Tokyo


Richard III Reloaded

“Since I cannot prove a lover… I am determined to prove a villain.”

In 2015, CITA introduced a new workshop series with a focus towards teaching performance skills outside of isolation and nurturing performance techniques in interplay with themes and stories. In 2016 INCUBATE is back with an exciting exploration into one of the greatest storytellers and his villains ever to tread the boards, William Shakespeare’s Richard the Third. Our primary focus will be between the movement and the text, with ensemble work enhancing our ability to perform large scale stylized battles and connections between performers in scenes involving dialogue. The workshop will be held in English, an opportunity for non-native speakers who want to improve their ability to perform in English, and ideal for actors who want to increase their ability, or brush up on the movement skills through dramatic storytelling.

 The sessions will involve participants working on combat sequences inspired from Shakespeare’s script with our guest choreographer and fight instructor. Exercises focused on exploring and performing text through the body will also be explored.

For those who are interested, this year’s INCUBATE is an informal audition for a proposed international co-production to be performed in Europe and other venues at a later date.


Richard Reloaded/Workshop Highlights

“恋人になることができないのなら… 悪人になるまでだ"

2015年、CITAはテクニックと作ることを分けるのではなく、ストーリーやそのテーマとテクニックが相互に影響しながら劇作していく方法を学ぶための新しいワークショップシリーズの展開を開始しました。 2016年のインキュベートワークショップではウィリアムシェークスピアによる悪人リチャード三世の世界を探求していきます。ここでは主にテキストとムーブメントの間に焦点をおき、ステージコンバットのスキルや各シーンでの役者たちの関わりについて取り組みます。ワークショップは英語で行われるので、英語スキルを上げたい方や、英語での公演を目指している方にはオススメです。またアクティングスキルやムーブメントスキルの向上にも適しています。




" The director has already achieved the greatest degree of power he has ever had in history. And our aim is to move beyond that situation by creating a form of theatre where it will be possible.."
-Ariane Mnouchkine

Workshops are the core of CITA’s education work, which offer an insight into the company’s working processes and on how CITA develops its work.  Lecture demonstrations, post show talks, and intimate workshops have taken place in over continents with people of varying interests, abilities and backgrounds, from professionals and students, to people within and without the theatre community. Activities take place throughout the year and include regular both public and private masterclasses.   Please scroll down for more information on the some of the workshops we offer.

Teaching workshops

These workshops focus on the exercises and techniques CITA uses in the rehearsal room, including the study of the neutral mask, clowning, storytelling, the chorus and performance skills.
The Company also offers a series of workshops designed to open up its approaches to devising theatre, giving insights into the creation of particular productions, and offering tools for students and theatremakers devising their own work, and the series also includes a workshop for teachers wanting to improve their teaching of devised and physical theatre.
Teaching Workshops are available all year round. To find out more, or to book a workshop, please email us.

RE:MOVE workshop Hong Kong 2017

Open Workshop

The next open workshop will be in Spring 2018. Please return to this page to receive updates.

Jeu! Play and Silent Play.

“Improvisation is an art that has to be learned…the art of improvisation is not just a gift. It is acquired and perfected by study."
– Jacques Copeau

Games create enjoyment, if a performer enjoys their performance and more importantly, if they can share that enjoyment with the audience, the audience are more likely to enjoy watching. To Act is to play and the most charismatic actor is the one who is having fun. Le Jeu helps you to discover the fun of being an actor and the pleasure of being onstage in front of an audience.

Through Le Jeu we experience many of the techniques of theatre play; Space and action/reaction, Rhythm and timing the fixed point, sensitivity and lightness, and complicite, a shared understanding with ourselves, our fellow actors and the audience. This work helps us move towards an inspired and free from inhibition performance.

Included in this workshop are elements such as:
• Games as a starting point to enter wither greater ease into work
• Improvisations for individuals and groups
• Exercises for staying present and in the moment with someone else on stage.
• Improvisations in silence to direct our attention to the essential action in a scene.
• The re-play of everyday life
• How rhythm space and form become important tools for the actor in building an improvisation.

Le jeu is recommended not only for actors and directors and writers but also teachers and coaches.

Clowning. Bogota, 2014.


Oji theatre Workshop, Tokyo 2016.

Dramatic Acrobatics/Stage Combat.

Dramatic acrobatics prepares us for the world of the Neutral Mask. We analyse movements and explore their narrative and dramatic possibilites.  We will explore the fixed point. This is an incredibly simple idea: The mime locates a point with his body, and then keeps it motionless in space. This technique is the basis of all illusions a mime can create.

Finally we will examine these through the context of Combat Mime/Stage Combat.

The benefits of this work for the actor include:
Improved versatility, Increased physical resources, Better concentration, Greater imagination.

Through the workshop the participant will be introduced to the Six Essential Principles of :
1. Synergy: Moving in cooperation with another performer
2. Extention: Efficient use of momentum control
3. Articulation: Clarity of movement.
4. Deception: Concealment and misdirection.
5. Alignment: Efficient use of posture and body weight.
6. Sequential Flow: Falling and rolling.

After completing the workshop you’ll know:
• The fundamentals of knaps, punches, kicks, chokes and hair pulls.
• Know how body and weapon work together to defend against attacks.
• Be able to perform basic parries and their variants.


• スキルの向上
• 身体的にできることの向上
• 集中力の向上
• イマジネーションの強化








Neutral Mask Elements and Materials

“The aim is a body that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength but increased consciousness of how it works."
-Moshe Feldenkrais

Feldenkrais is the most significant movement system to be recently adopted and adapted by theatre practitioners. The Neutral Mask and Feldenkrais technique work by differing means to offer a challenging but subtle approach to our own movement. The goal in this workshop is to improve the quality of movement in life first and then discover possible echoes in the theatre using the neutral mask. Performers of all kinds will find particular benefit from the fullness of breath, a freer emotional life and a relaxed confidence that comes from a heightened awareness
In the workshop we will cover a range of exercises to learn to move more freely, with greater ease, flexibility and grace, no matter what we are doing. We will also explore the notion of Neutrality from standing and lying postures using the Feldenkrais principle of scanning the body through understanding the skeleton. We will spend time recognizing the simplicity and function of the body before engaging in simple exercises in the mask.
Feldenkrais and neutral mask is great for actors dancers, teachers, people involved in therapy and sports.




Larval Mask/Animals

“These mask have not quite resolved into human features and so the level of play is big, simple and uncomplicated"
– Jacques Lecoq

Larval masks originate from Basel, Switzerland in the 1960s. They are large, simplified masks that have only one or two major features – a nose or cheeks – and rather small eyes, like faces in the state of becoming The mask enlarges, shapes and clarifies the actor’s play whilst clarifying the dramatic themes engaged, cutting out all unnecessary business. Building off neutrality the actor begins to navigate space and physicality in exercises and improvisations that help to simplify and amplify gestures in a step towards building characters without a mask.
Exercises in this workshop on Larval Mask will focus on developing the performer’s ability to clarify actions and simplify thoughts, to develop an internal monologue for a character and a non-verbal storyline for a group. The actor will discover how to give any character in any style of theatre more depth and resonance.



Object Manipulations

Any object can be used for manipulation skills. Object manipulation with ordinary items may be considered to be object manipulation when the object is used out of its socially acknowledged context and used differently from its original purpose.
Techniques included:
• Puppetry and manipulation (including building and manipulation)
Puppetry for directors is increasingly an accepted and accessible piece of theatrical vocabulary. The principles of movement and storytelling a puppeteer uses can be very technical; however, they can also touch on a wider approach to space, movement and the non-verbal communication between performers on a stage, which can enrich the work of all theatre practices through their application.
• The Dynamics of Objects by using sticks, chairs and tables. We will tune into the natural rhythm, directionality, essence (fundamentally the dynamic) of these simple items; to move with them and not to consciously control them. We also begin playing with creating new spaces by manipulating tables and chairs, lifting them, throwing them, sliding, undulating, turning them.


How can we create vivid three dimensional characters? What is the process for this with or without an established text? The development of a character is something which occurs over time, and there is no real set approach for doing so. This workshop shows you how many stimuli, including paintings and music, can help building interesting characters out of which new stories can grow. Character work is often stimulated by text: But what happens when you don’t have a set text or when characters in the text have very little to say? this workshop will attempt to address both creating a character from text and one from improvised actions, situations and relationships in order to unearth who the characters are and where they belong in the world.
Improvisations away from, and around the character will provide the reservoir of
ideas which an actor can call on to bring a character alive in any situation.
We will explore characters primarily through the way they move. If a character is really working they can be received and understood by an audience without the need for spoken text.




Gestural Languages/Space

This workshop is here for those that like to observe our world and to explore different artistic forms, or artistic languages that can be used to share our observations of the world.
Our goal and the reason for this workshop is to help each one of us to explore different kinds of forms, and artistic languages, to find or explore your own world…engaging the body in a indispensable stage or step of creation process.
Our body will be our instrument and revealing the physicality of the artist will be our objective because the body is both the unique and common point of all those forms and of each emotion. Dance, ( hip hop, jazz, classic, contemporary or any kind of form) theater, pantomime, clown, music, poetry, storytelling, all kinds of comedies, tragedies and any kind of art performances that you have created already will be precious material for you and for us. Stories, games, images and subjects from actuality will inspire us…to communicate emotions, to provoke the audience, make them dream, or, and make them laugh, or cry, help, inspire or touch them.

Human Drama/Melodrama

Melodrama is not the damsel tied to the railroad tracks but the big issues — the good, the true, the beautiful, and the evil that must be conquered. Melodrama is the script of emotions, of anyone who persuades you to buy or do anything. The term combines “melody" (from the Greek “melōidía", meaning “song") and “drama" (Classical Greek: δράμα, dráma; meaning “action").
Scenographically, Melodrama works with the diagonal running through space, the tension being between the different elements of society. With this in mind, we hope in this workshop to help the participants discover that a good piece of theatre must work dynamically, the application of this is, if an action doesn’t involve space it doesn’t exist on the stage, it’s not theatrical.

Human Comedy/Commedia dell Arte

Participants will be introduced to the techniques of Commedia Dell’Arte performance and will explore Commedia characters within the italian and French traditions, from there participants will explore the possibilities of contemporary adaptations of Commedia Dell’Arte and will develop small individual and group presentations based on Commedia improvisation.


Based on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq of Paris, “Le Bouffon” is an intelligent clown, perhaps from the depths of our earth. However the difference between the clown and Bouffon is that we laugh at the clown and the Bouffon laughs at us, moreover, the clown tends to work alone and the Bouffon will always be found in a gang.

“The difference between the clown and the bouffon is that while the clown is alone, the bouffon is part of a gang; while we make fun of the clown, the bouffon makes fun of us. At the heart of the bouffon is mockery pushed to the point of parody. Bouffons amuse themselves by reproducing the life of man in their own way, through games and pranks. The parody isn’t directly offensive with regard to the public; there is no deliberate intention to mock—the relation is of a different order. Bouffons come from elsewhere.”
-Jacques Lecoq “Theatre of Movement and Gesture” 2006 (Trans. David Bradbury)

In the realm of bouffon, the audience is the joke. Their greatest joy is to make fun of the audience, its values and flaws. This pack of grotesque outsiders engages in a direct relationship with the spectators using intelligence, charm, and an ecstatic sense of play. To play as bouffon is to celebrate contrast and paradox. . Hideously deformed yet beautiful, wickedly insane yet prophetic, bouffons explode with joy and mockery and create ferocious social satire. No one is safe. In this workshop participants will explore:
• Discovering the body and mind of your bouffon
• Playing upon contrasts of state and rhythm
• Connecting with the audience
• Being 100% present and captivating
• Parodying societal maladies and hypocrisies
In this workshop we develop the pleasure is to mock and to imitate the absurdities of the human being, to find and nurture sheer joy at playing our opinions and exaggerated our their appearances with charm. There is no limit to the expressions of “Le Bouffon!

Tragedy Crowds and Orators

As an actor, you will gradually discover with what rhythm, what color, what substance, what material you like to move. You will discover your limits and your freedom. And it’s time for a thunderous entrance with your Greek Tragedy. Being big, walking without losing one’s marvellous aura, displaying a tremendous charm, being happy to have been singled out by the gods and to have had inscribed above one’s head a unique and iniquitous destiny; is not all this the source of extreme pleasure for the hero? And extreme pleasure for the actor?
The challenge for the actor is how to match the dimension of the tragic chorus facing him/her. What is at stake is a dimension beyond human realm, in contact with the Gods and the cosmos above.
We will discover what is the motor of tragedy.


Laughter has this particular subversive function to put the world upside down, to make us convulse with laughter and have a look on the other side of the world, the comic side, and to help us accept the tragedy of the human condition.
Clown plays with the public, not for it. Clown is based on the person, not the acting ability. The clown creates relationships with the 4th wall – the public. When he is in the difficult spots and fails, it is called a Flop. When he accepts it then comes laughter from the public and the start of a chain reaction. More flop, more laughter, etc. In which direction does that dynamic move? The answer is in the work.
These workshops are open to all experienced amateurs and professionals. It is also intended for directors, writers and scenographers. Every session we will start working with the physical training. The way of working is based on improvisations. This will be physical and verbal. There will be a moment every session for the participants to work on their own and there will be a presentation of the result of their work.