Cameron Ayres Physical Theatre and Performance

Jane Franklin

Name

Cameron Ayres
Post Office Box 775
Chatham, VA 24531
Phone Number: 434-258-5157
Email Address: cameron.ayres@piedmontcc.edu

Biography

I am an interdisciplinary artist working in various forms of live performance.  I have a BA in Theatre and French & Francophone Studies from The College of William & Mary, an MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Performance from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and I am ABD in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Performance Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I have trained extensively in Viewpoints, Composition and the Suzuki Method of Actor Training with SITI Company, in Performance Composition and Collaborative Methods with Goat Island Performance Group and in Performance Technique and Ensemble and Solo Performance Composition with Split Britches.  I have performed in Chicago with The Neo-Futurists and with Butoh Master Katsura Kan, in the film component of Retina Dance Company’s Me:Mo, in Philadelphia with DJ K-Tel and the Dumpsta’ Players and in the Philadelphia International Live Art and Fringe Festival and in my own work with performance companies Bluecat Yowling in northern California from 1998 until 2000 and the performance collective in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina from 2008 until 2013.  I have been a resident artist at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, at The Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, MA and have been a visiting artist at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. 

Educational Background/Training

ABD, Communication Studies (Performance Studies) The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC MFA, Studio Art (Performance), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL BA, Theatre/French & Francophone Studies The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA SITI Company Viewpoints/Suzuki Method/Composition Goat Island Composition & Collaboration Split Britches Solo & Ensemble Performance Composition Tim Miller Autobiographical Performance Katsura Kan Butoh Myra Bazell Modern Dance Carol Kyros Walker Ballet Roadside Theatre Grassroots Theatre \ with Robbie McCauley

Fees

$25 a student for each workshop day (6 hours)
$15 a student for each 3 hour workshop session
Fees are negotiable.

Audience

High School and Adult

Educational Programs

  • Physical Theatre: Introduction to Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method - Focusing on the dynamics of bodies together in time and space, Viewpoints Training develops heightened awareness in the actor through improvisational exercises stressing physical and mental dexterity and offers actors the opportunity to practice making fiction together on their feet.  Suzuki Training uses a series of formalized exercises that require an intense level of focus and discipline.  This leads to a heightened sense of presence and “presentness” about the actor. Suzuki Training develops a strong core or center and teaches the actor how to support a strong voice.  I think of the two systems as cross-training, each complimenting the other.  Students must learn to seek structure in the absolute freedom of Viewpoints Training and freedom in the rigid structure of Suzuki Training. Longer workshops end with devised original performances.
  • Devising Original Performance: the Art of Collaboration - Students are introduced to a variety of methods for devising original ensemble performance and to structures that productively mitigate the delight and frustration of artistic collaboration.

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