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Myth-Making through Performance at Kickstart Arts

An exploration of myths through movement, improvisation and story-telling


Welcome to Kickstart Arts’ Creative Exchange: Sharing Skills and Culture.


Myth-Making is an integrated Gestalt-Jungian approach to creativity through the methods of embodied performance. Taking as its point of departure the Gestalt tenet that awareness and creativity are the ways in which the human personality develops and adapts, Myth-Making integrates a Jungian approach to myth, suggesting that mythic scenarios reveal growth points and transformational opportunities through their narrative structures.

During the course of this workshop, we will explore the embodied performance practice central to Myth-Making. This physical form of active imagination allows us to participate fully in mythic structures – narratives and relationships – and through somatic awareness and creativity, provides us with the agents of change.

Sessions 1 – 3: Intrapersonal Myths
In these sessions, physical and creative exercises and themes will invite participants to generate, explore, play with and transform personally held mythic structures.

Sessions 4 – 6: Group-level Myths
In these sessions, we work individually, in dyads and with the whole group to explore and transform the myths that we hold together, which can structure our relationships and identities.

  • Engage with myth in a new, creative and potentially illuminating way
  • Learn new techniques of embodied performance and performative writing
  • Learn a creative and holistic practice you could develop on your own and practice as an artist and/or process-worker
  • Comfortable movement clothing
  • Writing materials and
  • Your favourite myths!

About Creative Exchange: Kickstart Arts value community skills and knowledge, so we started up Creative Exchange – Hobart’s newest destination for teaching, learning, sharing and collaborating!

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Amy Russell – Founder and Pedagogic Director of Embodied Poetics – is an experienced teacher in the pedagogy of Jacques Copeau/Suzanne Bing/Jacques Lecoq and an award-winning playwright.

She was a pedagogic student of M. Lecoq in 1997-98, and subsequently created a complete training based on this pedagogy under the auspices of Naropa University, the Naropa MFA in Actor Created Physical Theatre, and was Chair of MFA until 2010. She was Pedagogic Co-Founder of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2003, and lead teacher at this school in London and Berlin until 2017.

She has taught workshops and trainings internationally, independently and for theatre schools and universities.Amy is also a qualified and accredited Gestalt psychotherapist (UKCP), a facilitator of group process for devising ensembles and an academic researcher.She is currently pursuing doctoral research at the University of Tasmania. Her areas of research are focused on the interdisciplinary study of spatial theory and Lecoq’s devising pedagogy.

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Myth-Making through Performance at Kickstart Arts

Kickstart Arts, St Johns Ave, New Town, Tasmania, Australia

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