Sept. 25-26: Workshop – Total Theatre Composition

Sept. 25: 10am-5pm
Sept. 26: 11am-7pm

Weekend Intensive:
  Total Theatre Composition –
Creation with Varied Materials

Directed by

Control Group performance company
and Band of Tough Theatre Collaboratory

Early Registration (until 9/20): $90
Week-of Registration: $100
Registration and questions:


Our medium is Live Performance. Everything possible within that genre is a tool available for use. The concept and the process dictate the form of the product.

Colorado’s most dynamic new innovators in inter-genre performance bring you a laboratory-style composition workshop that dissolves genres into the singular medium of live performance. Over two days we will explore specific techniques for generating, developing, and combining materials in ways that draw on all of our resources, instincts, drives, and idiosyncracies. The workshop culminates in a public showing of the products-in-progress with feedback.  Promising works will have the possibility of continuing their process in PHCA’s Artist Residency Program.

Patrick Mueller, Kristine Whittle, and Hallie Bauernschmidt of Control Group
Joan Bruemmer and Lizi Watt of Band of Toughs

Schedule: Saturday, September 25
10:00am-1:00pm: Improvisation from Embodied States
1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch (vegan, gluten-free)
2:00pm-5:00pm: Methods for Generating and Developing Material

Schedule: Sunday, September 26
11:00am-1:00pm: Content and Context: Arranging Materials toward Meaning
1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch (vegan, gluten-free)
2:00pm-4:00pm: Breaking with Genre: Creating Unique Products
4:00pm-6:00pm: Lab time to develop work toward performance
6:00pm: Public Showing and feedback session at PHCA

Control Group works from a movement basis to create unique, multi-faceted, inter-genre works based on themes such as Rock Stardom and Meteor Impact Post-Apocalyptica. Founded by Patrick Mueller in 2008, CG is the permanent resident company of Denver’s contemporary performance venue The Packing House Center for the Arts.

Band of Toughs bios coming soon…

Patrick Mueller worked in New York and Europe and toured internationally with multiple companies including Ben J. Riepe (Germany), Mancopy Danse (Denmark), Troika Ranch (New York), and others. Currently he is Artistic Director of Control Group, Executive Director of The Packing House Center for the Arts, and Dance Faculty at Red Rocks Community College, where he will be setting work in Fall 2010.

Kristine Whittle has worked professionally with Ann Ludwig Dance Theatre, Barbara Grubel, and Aura Fischbeck, and is a founding member of Control Group. She works as a Massage Therapist and Anusara-Inspired Yoga Instructor and is the Director of Education at PHCA.

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