Monday, October 1, 2012

To Live, Darling

Art Via Corpora is proud to announce that our cohorts Ilana Turner and Christopher Sivertsen are in the next stages of development for the Rejane project's full-length production

'To Live, Darling'

In her day Réjane was as famous as her colleague and friend Sarah Bernhardt. Réjane premiered works by Sardou, Meilhac & Halevy and played the first French translation of Ibsen's "A Doll's House." Réjane was Ibsen's favorite Nora. Réjane ran her own theatre (still standing as Théâtre de Paris) and toured the world. Réjane had children, married, divorced and as part of her divorce proceedings was awarded the right to sign her own contracts at a time when women were still legally obligated to have their husbands sign for them. Today, most people have heard of Sarah Bernhardt; almost no one remembers Réjane. 

This dedicated piece of research theatre will incorporate musicality and physicality created and provoked by Rejane's own granddaughter, Adrien Reju, and the Awake Project's leader, Christopher Sivertsen.

Such remarkable women often slip through the cracks of history. Ilana only became familiar with Réjane's story through Adrien's familiy. (Their two families have been friends for decades.) Adrien's family has provided unfettered access to Réjane's original letters and photos, all of which inspired The Réjane Project. Research has taken the team to Paris (BnF, Moulin Rouge and more); New York; Bennington, VT; Seattle and Los Angeles.

A workshop showing will take place on 11 October at Artworks Theatre 6569 Santa Monica Blvd.

The Rejane Project has started an indiegogo campaign to raise the final funding necessary to create the full production in Spring 2013.  Please visit to find out more about the project and ways in which you can help.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

HFF begins tonight!

The Hollywood Fringe Festival Begins Tonight
and Art Via Corpora is proud to be presenting 8 shows.
Here are some links to wet your whistles.

Come see the misadventures of Frank, Murf, and Gold
June 14, 16, 18, 21 & 23. $10 @ 10pm.
Eggshell Teaser
LA Stage Times prose piece 
by writer-director Søren Olsen

Red Bastard and The God Particle Complex are both favourite picks of Rundown LA

Red Bastard has one night only appearance! 
18 June 8pm

Catch God Particle Complex June 16, 17, & 18

Coming up from San Diego for the end of the Festival,
 Animal Cracker Conspiracy's
The Collector
is puppet alchemy at its best!

June 21, 22, & 23

And from New Orleans, comes the Button Wagon to wiggle, giggle, bend, contort and distort your perception of proportions.

June 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22 & 23

For more info on the other great shows AVC is presenting alongside those hosted at Artworks Theatre & Studios, go to the HFF website.
See you at the theatre.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Previews have begun!

 Art Via Corpora is proud to be hosting 8 shows at this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival.  8 June - 24 June 2012

Tickets: Hollywood Fringe

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Summer Residency in France

Our Colleagues at Au Brana in the South of France have announced their 2012 workshops. 
John Britton will return to lead his work on improvisation and the ensemble entitled Self - With - Others from the 16th - 23rd of June along with members of his company, Duende. 

Christopher Sivertsen of the Awake Project will lead The Breathing Performer workshop from the 29th June until the 3rd of July

We will run the extended July residency for the third year, this time in collaboration with Jonathan Grieve and Kasia Zaremba - Byrne alongside our resident company, OBRA from the 11th - 31st July.

Full details on each of the workshops are attached to this mail and can also be found at

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Next Melodrama Workout

Grand Guingolers are back in the workout mode!  Come play. 
 29 November 2011

            Grand Guignolers Physical Theatre
         Melodrama Workout 
TUESDAY 29 Nov 2011

Dear Guignoler Friends:


Join us for a physically theatrical workout to get you out of your head and into your body. All levels welcome in an inclusive and safe environment. This is physical theatre: authenticity in a very heightened and physically expressive style. It is ideal for actors seeking to improve movement skills, physical theatre artists just looking to get a 'workout' and non-artists who want to sweat and have fun. This is the only training of its type in Los Angeles and unlike many acting classes, you'll be up and moving far more than watching.

Melodrama is the most expressive of Western theatre forms, closest to the theatrical impulse, based in heightened physical gesture, high stakes, big emotion states, the struggle of virtue and evil ... to music. It is the visceral expression of Artaud's "athlete of the emotions." It's cathartic, powerful and FUN!
Sign up to secure your spot as workshops fill up quickly. 
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 7:30-10. 
ArtWorks Theatre. 6569 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038. No parking in lot. 
If you would like to join in the post-workout soiree, please bring treats/drinks to share.

Classes taught by Debbie McMahon, Artistic Director Grand Guignolers. 
Feel free to email 
info[at]  with questions.  

from Grand Guignolers' Absinthe Opium & Magic: 1920s Shanghai
Grand Guignolers' - Absinthe Opium & Magic: 1920s Shanghai.  Annie Appel Photography. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Building Community (Old Revolution Style)

With all due respect to the global Occupy movement and its primarily Open Source Technology approach to community building, Grand Guignolers and Art via Corpora invite you to come celebrate the dead day a few hours early.

It's all fun and games, until someone loses an eye ... or two.
"See" for yourself. 
Free Admission but Reservations Required.

The Grand Guignol 
Class Recital

After a two week intensive workshop in Grand Guignol...
The class will present scenes from the classic Grand Guignol repertoire: The Laboratory of HallucinationsThe Final Kiss, and A Crime in the Madhouse. The Theatre of Terror and Laughter, Grand Guignol combines the styles of melodrama, naturalism, suspense and of course ... blood. This is not appropriate for children as violent is explicit.  

WHERE: ArtWorks Theatre. 6569 Santa Monica Blvd. LA 90038

WHEN: Fri. October 28 at 8:30pm. About an hour or less. Absinthe & drinks available. Doors open at 8pm. 


Come share some gory times with us and get worked-up  to experience the drama yourself:

TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 7:30 - 10:30

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Grand Guignol Intensive

viaCorpora is pleased to announce that our cohorts, the Grand Guignolers, want to share a very special Halloween preparation with you.

Two Weeks of Terror
A Grand Guignol Intensive Workshop

October 16-28, 2011

The Theatre of Laughter & Terror

Dubbed the "Theatre of Laughter and Terror," the Théâtre du Grand Guignol, ran from 1897-1962 in a small Parisian theatre. An evening of "hot and cold showers," alternated short plays of drama, farce, and horror with gory special effects, the latter for which it was most famous (an evening's success was judged by the number of fainting patrons).  The genre was the precursor of German Expressionism, film noir and the contemporary horror film.

The Workshop

This workshop is an earnest approach to Grand Guignol honoring the power of this form: real suspense and full engagement in dark psychological themes - jealousy, madness, and fear. And, of course, there will be blood...  All levels welcome.
  • ACTING STYLE in exercises and classic Grand Guignol scenes. This unique form combines the grand physical expression of melodrama with an intensely psychological naturalism.
  • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND in lecture, books, articles, handouts, photos, and video.
  • SPECIAL EFFECTS, the highly guarded secrets of live gore making.
  • AN EVENING OF HORROR, a class 'recital' of Grand Guignol scenes for your invited guests. Experience the power of this visceral form with a live audience.
COST:  Early Bird Price $375 by Sept. 28. Regular Price: $425. Deposit of $150 required to secure your spot. Cost includes material fees. But not a shower. Which you will need.

LOCATION: ArtWorks Theatre. 6569 Santa Monica Blvd. LA 90038; alternate locations TBA. 

DATES: Oct. 16-28. Weeknights 7-10/11; Sundays - 4-8; OFF: 10/19, 10/20, 10/27. SAT 10/20 TBA. Bring popcorn for the bonus movie night! Oct. 28 is the Final Presentation.


Workshop taught by Debbie McMahon, the 'puppet lady' of the petits guignolers and the creator/director of the Grand Guignoler shows. Debbie studied at Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatreand earned an MA in Performance Studies at NYU . She recently co-taught the Grand Guignol Summer Workshop at Dell'Arte with master teacher, Michael Fields. In addition to Grand Guignolers, she recently directed a commedia dell'arte play at USC MFA School and clowns with Cirque du Soleil.
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