Canvas of My Body <br>with Giovanni Ortega

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Canvas of My Body
with Giovanni Ortega

Venue Off Site Venues
Dates 02 June - 09 June 2019
Category Live Event

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta presents

About the Workshop

Participating artists will deepen their understanding and use of acting techniques in representational and devised theatre to instil depth and breadth in the portrayal of believable characters whether they are based on reality or imagination.

Workshop participants will create their own theatrical pieces, utilising personal and artistic narratives as a thematic backdrop through movement and learning to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

Techniques and Goals

• Imagination Meditation
• Using Autodrama
• Movement | From Mirrors to the Forest
• The Imaginative Process
• Presentation to colleagues and collaborators


• Participating artists will compose their own theatrical pieces to life with other artists through ensemble collaboration.
• The class will culminate in a studio presentation of self-devised and self-written work that allows full self-expression for the performer.

Who It Is For

Emerging performer and writers, or more experienced artists keen to further their research and development of new or existing ideas.

Some basic storytelling and performance experience are welcome but creatives from other artistic disciplines (music, dance and writing for film) encouraged to take part.

“Giovanni creates beautiful, safe space in which to trust our own voices. He guides people gently through the bumpy bits and reminds us we are our own champions. I had an old love that I had been trying to write about for decades but could never find the way in. Every time I tried the words came out wooden, false, small. During the workshop I found the kernel of the story and it gave me a gentle, true way in. That kernel has since grown into a first draft of my second play, Bi Empat, which recently had a development as part of La Boite’s Highway Festival (QLD).” – Katrina Irawati-Graham. Creator of Siti Rubiyah (Sydney Festival and Rough Draft STC 2019)

Dates & Times
Sunday 2 June 2019 from 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 9 June 2019 from 1pm – 5pm, followed by a showcase from 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Maximum of 15 participants per workshop

Parramatta Town Hall, Charles Byrne Room, 182 Church Street, Parramatta

Playwright, Performer and Director

Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC) has been working professionally for over a decade. He believes in creating an accepting and inclusive relationship with artists and communities alike regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and class.

Since 2016, he has been travelling to Australia to work with theatre and community organisations. Initially a visiting scholar at Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival, Giovanni worked closely with the Lotus Playwriting Project. In addition, he has also been an artist-in-residence with Philippine-Australian Arts, Culture and Innovation (PAACI), helping with gatherings for elders to share stories and oral histories to pass on to the next generation.

In Singapore, Giovanni started The Body Series, a project with women of Singapore investigate and explore further misconceptions of race, gender and bi-racial identity hosted and presented by Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity (HCAC) is entitled. The devised theatrical plays including Creation of My Body, Words of My Body and Thoughts of My Body, all interrogate misogynistic perceptions, racial and the class division within the country, as well as the unspoken taboo of mental illness.

Last year, Singapore’s National Poetry Festival commissioned a collaboration between Giovanni and Singaporean artist, Ranice Tay create Benches, a coming-of-age, two-person poetic play on love, loss, and what it means for some stories to stay with us forever. He is also commissioned to write this year’s play entitled Palindromes, set to premier in July.

Canvas of My Body with Giovanni Ortega

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