Creative Learning

Creative Learning: Hong Kong

Creative Learning: Gwanju, Korea.

Creative Learning: Bogota, Colombia.

Creative Learning: Tokyo, Japan.

Creative Learning: Auckland, New Zealand.

Creative Learning: Tehran, Iran.

CITA aims to continue to provide a program of professional workshops and educational initiatives.

It seeks to inspire the theatre and performing arts of tomorrow and welcomes those inspired to create new work as actors directors and writers. Through creative challenges and provocations we nurture and encourage artists to refine their creative vision, a voice that may be heard by many, and spoken through ways that people may be able to identify with.

Our workshops offer participants a place to be bad,  why? We don’t learn anything  if we are good everything. Our workshops are a place where discoveries can made by the participant and the participant is changed by this, it is not a place where techniques have to be remembered for examinations and the participant is judged by the teacher.

We all begin in the same place and head off to reach our destination, our journey to get there is often very different, very unique and very personal.

CITA’s teaching is constantly evolving, it’s work is based on the observation of everyday life and the dynamic of the natural world as it is reflected in the body. By recalling the great physical theatre traditions of the past – from the tragic to the comedic, we attempts to offer an indispensable dimension of experiential play. CITA considers the artist an author in search of his or her own style. By employing an improvisational approach, the artist is opened up to the theatrical event in situation, movement, and dialogue, provoking the invention of an original theatrical language.

Meyerhold’s etude: Throwing the Stone

Making Choices on Stage

Aside from out regular workshops in Tokyo, Japan, we have taught, and given workshops, choreography and seminars for places such as:

  • Iberoamericano Festival de Teatro Bogota, Colombia.
  • 14th Iran International Festival of University Theatre
  • Gwanju International Performing Arts Festival, Korea
  • Theatre.Training.Fac­tory, Tokyo, Japan
  • Obirin Univerity, Tokyo, Japan
  • Kokugakiun University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Temple University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
  • Cho-In Theatre Company, Seoul Korea
  • Theatre 201, Seoul, Korea
  • East 15 Acting School, England
  • Kings College University, London, England
  • Kyoritsu Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Seikei University, Tokyo Japan
  • Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School
  • Theatre and Film Department VUW, New Zealand
  • Wellington Performing Arts Centre
  • Wellington Fringe Festival, New Zealand
  • Wellington College of Education

CITA’s Teaching currently includes:

Movement Analysis

  • Physical and vocal preparation
  • Movement analysis
  • Acrobatics and martial arts
  • Feldenkrais and Alexander work  including conditioning, strength, flexibility, developing an anatomical vocabulary, principles for relating the body to the theatrical space, studies of imagery, and interpretation

Acrobatics

Introduced as the study of movement in action from floor to aerial movement, contact improv, work with objects, with applications including juggling and stage combat.

Technique

  • including studies to develop a mimetic vocabulary, choreography, craft and style, and applications in play.
  • Architecture and the dynamics of space
  • Music and dramatic composition
  • Painting and the dynamics of rhythm
  • Poetry and the substance of words. Also includes training with voice and text.
  • The human passions and their representation in space.
  • Emotions, behaviour and the creation of characters

The Use of Sticks in Actor Training

Improvisation

  • Including the re-play of everyday life, The state of calmness and the Neutral Mask, dynamics of nature – elements, materials, animals and their dramatic transposition.
  • Expressive and found masks and the conflicts of psychological drama
  • Larval masks and the playfulness of comedy
  • Mask-making,
  • Your own mask, characterization
  • We undertake an exploration of the language of gesture and storytelling,
  • Dramatic imagery,
  • Melodrama, the human drama,
  • Chorus and tragedy,
  • Commedia dell’arte and the human comedy,
  • Buffoon and clown.

Present and Future Workshops.

There is no fee to apply for any of our courses. The minimum age to apply is 20. All courses are taught in English, often with Japanese translation; however applicants should be comfortable using basic conversational and written English. CITA is an independent, private training body working at a postgraduate level. We award an internal certificate of completion for all of our courses; we do not offer an official externally validated degree program at this time.