Learning is at the heart of the company ethos.

 

Much of our professional touring work starts life as student projects or workshop material. We have strong links with Lancaster University and Central St Martins. With company members Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks lecturing in Theatre Studies and Scenography respectively we are strongly attached to the academic world from which we emerged.

We offer a number of workshops and lectures that are focussed on our use of digital technologies. All of our workshops offer both concrete skills-based activities and an introduction to our approach to making work.

To book a workshop or find out more information about our projects please contacts us.

“We were looking for a cutting-edge workshop that would really challenge our students and that’s exactly what ITD gave us… Devising took on a different dimension, giving us different perspectives on familiar territory and allowing technology to open up a whole new area for us to explore in performance. Year 13 students developed such ideas further as a route into their final practical performance piece.”

John Lonsdale: Director of Performance, Sandbach School


 

Full Day and Half-day Workshops:

 

1. Redux

1. Redux

Explore the recreation of classic cinema scenes in real time on digital film (using source material from classic films such as Apocalypse Now, Psycho or Night of the Living Dead). In the performance space, we see the live process of reproducing, shot by shot, a cinematic sequence, while simultaneously seeing both the original footage of the scene and the livestream of the digital reproduction.This workshop incorporates live performance, camera operation/lighting, online vision mixing, aspects of design for camera (both digital and 3D)

> For participants aged 16+
> 10 – 20 participants
> Full day (2 X 3 hour sessions)*

*The Redux workshop can be extended to a semi residential project over 2-3 weeks, leading to the public showing of a performance.

2. Cinematic Dramaturgies

2. Cinematic Dramaturgies

Participants begin by producing a soundscape including both Foley sound and dialogue. This soundscape becomes the text for a short film, which is made using the back projection techniques we employ in our production of Nocturnes. This short film is projected into the performance space and using in-ear monitoring, dubbed live, we create onstage action that reflects and at the same time contradicts the narrative of the film with which it shares a text.

> For participants aged 16+
> Up to 10 participants
> Either a half day or full day

3. Working with Digital Scenography

3. Working with Digital Scenography

Using a live stream of material being recorded in the performance space, explore the construction of stage realism as opposed to cinematic realism. In the stage space performances that imply one kind of spatial or psychological relationship are filmed, edited and projected live to suggest something that may be subtly different or completely contradictory.

> For participants aged 16+
> 10 – 20 participants
> Half Day (1 X 3 hour sessions)

>> Download Equipment List

>> Download Equipment List

Most workshops will require the venue to provide some basic technology (projectors, screens etc). We can provide everything but we'll need some warning. Please click the link above to read equipment lists for the workshops and get in touch to discuss any concerns.


 

Residencies:

 

itd has a long history of running successful residential projects in schools, colleges and other youth or community based organisations. Usually residencies work toward an end product in the form of a public performance made by participants with the support of one or more of our company members. Our residencies are bespoke; we will discuss with you the intended outcome, process and knowledge exchange, and draw up a plan. Fees will be calculated, based on this plan.

1. Long

3 to 12 weeks. 1 - 5 imitating the dog company members. Bespoke projects, created to suit the required outcomes of the host organisation. Example: Psycho Redux project for Leicester De Montford University, for 3rd year Performing Arts students. Intensive initial week, Several weeks of independent work, supported by a weekly visit to guide the process, culminating in an intensive week pulling together material followed by a production/performance week.

2. Medium

2 to 3 weeks. 1 - 3 imitating the dog company members. Example: A 3 day intensive starting period led by one of our team followed by a period of 1-2 week’s during which participants work independently and culminating in a second intensive period in which material is shaped for a public showing.

3. Short

2 or more days. 1 - 3 imitating the dog company members. Example: 2 or more consecutive days working with participants, workshopping and developing skills. The end product will normally take the form of a short showing of developed material for peers and interested parties.


 

Lectures:

 

1. Nocturnes: A Performance for the Post-Truth Landscape

This lecture focuses on the thinking behind the current touring production. We will lead the audience through the development of the ideas behind the show, focussing on the creative and intellectual decisions that in the end lead to what is seen on the stage. The journey is by no means linear.

2. Technology as Metaphor

This lecture examines the different ways that we have metaphorised the technological aspects of our productions. It looks at what it means or what it can be made to mean, for instance, when one uses a live camera feed.

Thinking about how the technology is metaphorised is central to our approach to transmedial performance making.

3. 20 Years of Making Lecture

As the company approaches its 20th birthday, this discussion with students, practitioners and/or audiences looks back at the history of the company from its early years devising work as a young company straight out of university, through to establishing a creative relationship with director Pete Brooks in 2005 and the direction the work has taken in its exploration of the boundaries between theatre and technology.


 

Downloads:

2018-19 Learning Offer

Download our full list of Workshops, Residencies and Lectures as a PDF.

Download Equipment List

Download a list of equipment needed for our various workshops.

Heart of Darkness - Learning Pack

Heart of Darkness - Learning Pack