Combined Workshop: Translating Anglo-Saxon; Poetic Rhythm & the Female Body

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Combined Workshop: Translating Anglo-Saxon; Poetic Rhythm & the Female Body

5.60

There is one date left for this workshop:

Saturday 10th December, 2pm-5pm, £5

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Workshops will take place at Jacob Wells Baths, Jacob's Wells Rd, Bristol BS8 1DX

Join Fen’s Artistic Co-Directors Maisie Newman and Rowan Evans for a combined workshop on poetry and choreography, drawing on the development of their current project, ‘WULF’. 

This workshop will explore the history of the female voice, focussing on the Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’, one of only two in the language written from a female perspective. This is a text rarely touched upon outside of academic study, and we are hoping to open up the language and this poem to the public. 

For the first half of the workshop participants will get a rare introduction to Anglo-Saxon, the language spoken and written in England from the 5th-11th Century, and will learn to translate and pronounce passages of this rich ancient language. For the second half there will be the opportunity to respond creatively with your own poems and translations, or to work with Maisie on translating the rhythms of Anglo-Saxon poetry into movement/choreography.  With an emphasis on ensemble, she will be exploring this through physical theatre and dance theatre exercises. No previous experience of physical theatre or dance is necessary and all levels, abilities and gender identities are welcome. 

When booking you will need to choose which option you would like for the second half of the workshop. This is so we have an idea of numbers for each, there may be the option to switch on the workshop day.

1. Working creatively on your own poems and translations.

2. Working with Maisie to translate the rhythms of Anglo-Saxon poetry into movement/choreography.

Maisie Newman is a movement artist and director based in Bristol. Her experience includes directing physical theatre and dance theatre for dancers and non-dancers. She is an experienced workshop leader from the Bristol Old Vic’s Outreach department. 

Rowan Evans is a poet, musician and composer. He received an Eric Gregory Award for poetry in 2015 and is the author of several books of poetry. Rowan co-edits Moot Press, an independent publisher of experimental texts based in Bristol and London.  

Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds if you are unable to make the workshop. 

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