Queer Cabaret with Mark Ball

  • Sunday, September 30th from 10am to 5pm
  • Price: 35€ + Booking Fee
  • Dublin Circus Centre, Main Space

This Queer Cabaret workshop is a professional development session for circus, dance, and physical performers.

We will be exploring how physical performers can add layers of story, and politically charged meaning to their work. We will be using queer/feminist lenses to create cabaret pieces in groups. They will be looking to critique the status quo through physical performance, to deconstruct stereotypes, and use our favourite pop music. There will be elements of group devising, and clowning techniques; exploring the links between clowning and queer cabaret/narratives.

We ask that participants bring 1-2 mins of performance material that can be played around with on the day. Please bring any specialised equipment needed (Dublin Circus Project may be able to provide some equipment. Contact Dublin Circus Project at dublincircusproject@gmail.com with any requests).

This is a once-off workshop, however we will be exploring material that may continue into development for a future show. It will be a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with other physical performers, as well as getting a taste of what developing a cabaret piece might consist of.

Any questions to the facilitator, Mark Ball (ballm@tcd.ie).

Mark Ball is a theatre maker and facilitator. He makes work that is queer, feminist, and physical. Mark completed Artstrain a level 6 in Facilitation and Youth Arts with Youth Theatre Ireland, and studied Drama & Theatre studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He has facilitated workshops with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Youth Theatre, DU Players, and QSoc (Trinity College’s LGBTQI+ Society). Mark currently facilitates with the National Performing Arts School, and is the General Manager and Co-Artistic Director of Cabinteely Youth Theatre. His credits include, Biconic (Performer, Co-devised, Samuel Beckett Theatre 2018); DYT@40 (Performer, Project Arts Centre 2017); Rising (Assistant Director, Peacock Theatre, the Abbey 2016).

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