Workshops


Our program "Artistes aux 4 coins"

For several years, Créations In Vivo has been present in Ontario high schools to offer training workshops. These workshops are given by our “Artistes aux 4 coins” (“Artists across the 4 corners”, A4C), professional artists who will spend a day with your students from grades 7 to 12. And for the 2018-2019 season, we are offering the program for free!

The workshops are intended for students in grades 7 to 12. We recommend that you choose students with skills or interest (you can also ask interested students to register).

Students’ preparation: You will find a study guide with exercises (in French) by clicking here.

Experience and know-how of Créations In Vivo and its “A4C” program: A4C has trained more than 14,500 Franco-Ontarians students in elementary and secondary school (and even a few adults!) with more than 400 workshops in circus arts, improvisation and storytelling.


Available workshops:

Click on the desired training workshop to learn more about it:

CIRCUS ARTS: Juggling

During the juggling workshop, students are invited to visit several stations to perform different manipulations of objects. We will work on juggling with balls, rings; and the basics of Diabolo, Chinese plates, flower sticks, hula-hoops, peas and scarves. The two trainers will offer group and individual training as well as some demonstrations.

Main objective: To discover the basics of juggling through group and individual games. To help reach higher skill levels. Juggling is an excellent source of concentration and coordination for the student. It’s a very mathematical art that stimulates the sense of rhythm and precision.

Duration: 1 workshop of 120 minutes or 2 workshops of 60 minutes, for a total of 120 minutes (2h) (per half-day).

Number of students: 30 max. per workshops (60 students total).

Requirements:

  • Gym (preferably);
  • Minimum space requirement: 20′ depth  x  25′ width and 10′ to 12′ height;
  • The room must be free of any object or furniture that could prevent the smooth running of activities.

Other requirements: 2 bottles of water and at least one teacher/supervisor during the workshop.

Short videos (in French):

CIRCUS ART: Acrobatics

The acrobatics workshop lasts 2 hours, the time given to the body to warm up. The instructors first teach the safety rules and the role of each participant. We start the work with warm-up games. Then, participants are invited to perform some basic acro-sport movements (pyramid of bases, singles, small and large groups). Thereafter, participants hold small friendly competitions and team pyramids to develop their leadership skills. At the end, a group pyramid is set up.

The workshop works on self-confidence, listening, stabilization, balance and body awareness. The trainer makes a short demonstration. We also want to train teachers to be good supervisors of safe acrobatic activities to ensure adequate year-round follow-up.

Main objective: To discover how to prepare the body for physical exercise, discover your own abilities, develop harmonious teamwork and learn to integrate sports and art.

Duration: 1 workshop of 120 minutes per half-day.

Number of students: 30 max.

Requirements:

  • Gym (preferably);
  • Minimum space requirement: 20′ depth  x  25′ width and 10′ to 12′ height;
  • The room must be free of any object or furniture that could prevent the smooth running of activities.

Other requirements:

  • Two-inch “connectable” floor mats (we will bring some but we need more);
  • 2 bottles of water;
  • At least one teacher/supervisor during the workshop.

Short videos (in French):

CIRCUS ARTS: Aerial arts

The first meeting begins with a presentation of the devices and their safety rules. Then there is a warm-up period where the participants do specialized exercises to prevent injuries. This warm-up includes cardiovascular exercise and joint mobilization. Once the warm-up is over, the participants are taught the basic movements and then brought into a creative process where they develop their own vocabulary and artistic sense. At the end of each training session, there is a fitness program that, in the short-term, helps prevent injury and, in the long-term, allows the participant to make new movements with greater flexibility and strength. A small demonstration by the trainers follows.

Main objective: This specialized training allows participants to develop a flying ability. With an emphasis on strength and flexibility, the student develops his or her freedom of expression by taming heights.

Duration: 1 workshop of 120 minutes per half-day.

Number of students: 10 max.

Requirements:

  • Gym (preferably);
  • Minimum space requirement: 20′ depth  x  25′ width and 10′ to 12′ height;
  • The room must be free of any object or furniture that could prevent the smooth running of activities.

Other requirements:

  • Two-inch “connectable” floor mats (we will bring a few and need some in addition);
  • Access to the space at least 30 minutes before the start of the workshop for set-up;
  • 2 bottles of water;
  • At least one teacher/supervisor during the workshop.

Detailed description of aerial equipment to be used:

  • Fabric Loop (hammock): A large fabric loop attached to itself that allows the participant to use the bottom of the loop to sit down and perform tricks. Less demanding on the arms than regular fabric, the fabric loop allows a better progression for beginners before switching to regular fabric (two-strand) or continuing with the loop. It requires a great deal of precision and endurance while developing creativity.
  • Trapeze: The fixed trapeze is a very traditional aerial circus discipline. It consists in creating artistic figures in flexibility and strength on a fixed horizontal bar hung at two points on the ceiling. The trapeze requires a lot of physical work, elegance and stability.

IMPROVISATION

These workshops will be offered by members of the Improtéine group, a reference on the Ontario improv scene. By choosing from the list of available workshops, you will be able to create a combo of workshops in your image that meets the needs of your students.

The workshops (optional) are as follows:

A – Basic Improvisation Workshop (for players with little or no experience):

  • Main objective: Offering learners a taste of the potential of improvisation to learners by experiencing a match with their classmates. For players with little or no experience.
  • Content: Learning the vocabulary of improvisation, everybody’s roles (referee, captain, coach, linesman, etc..). Learning a few different categories (singing, rhymed, repeats, etc..), and character creation.
  • Duration: 1-2 hr.
  • Number of students: 20 max.

B – Advanced Improvisation Workshop (for experienced players):

  • Main Objective: Provide tools to improve skills in improvisation as an actor.
  • Content:Go further with the categories (sung, rhymed, leapfrog, déjà vu, etc..), mixed or compared improvs, character creations, dramatic structure of improvisation, being aware of everything on stage.
  • Duration: 2 hr.
  • Number of students: 30 max.

C – Organize an Improv League Workshop

  • Main objective: Provide the tools to create and maintain an improvisation league in your school.
  • Content: Through practical exercises and simulations, show how it’s possible to create an improvisation league in your school, what the role of each participant will be, how to organize matches and tournaments and what equipment will be necessary. Nothing like doing it to understand it! Create a game where everyone’s experience is used.
  • Duration: 2 hr.
  • Number of students: 10 max.

D – “Referee in a box”:

  • Main objective: offer refereeing services during a game or mini-tournament following an improvisation workshop.
  • Content: During an improvisation show/match presented in front of students and school staff during the school day or in front of the community in the evening, Improtéine will coordinate the teams and the game, as well as offer referee services and coordinate the elimination process during a mini-tournament. Improtéine will also act as a consultant with regard to the sound and visual equipment required for such an event while reinforcing the roles and responsibilities of everyone in the organization of a match or a tournament.
  • Duration: 2 hr.
  • Number of students: 10 max.

NOTE: All audio equipment, if required, should be provided by the school

STORYTELLING

This storytelling workshop is intended for high school students with a particular interest in theatre, the stage, public speaking or writing. In order to go in depth with each of the participants, it’s preferable to limit the group to 20 students who will spend two hours with the trainer. Through various dynamic exercises, they will get to know themselves as “artist narrators” in order to build on their strengths and work on their weaknesses. They will develop their ability to tell a story by imposing their rhythm, their writing and their universe to it. Whether students tend towards a comedic, philosophical or dramatic aesthetic, they must find the fault in themselves through which the spectator will connect with their universe. This can be done through clown exercises. The workshop ultimately allows participants to gain tools to deal with various communications in front of an audience: storytelling, improvisation, debate, etc.

  • Main objectives:Develop stage presence, use your speech and physical body as tools, enjoy the game and be in touch with the listener.
  • Content:We learn the different language tools (comparison/metaphor, character description, exaggeration, sense of punch, etc.), how to use improvisation as a creative tool, how to use the body and voice properly during a theatrical performance, and finally students are instructed in how to tell a live story using the tools they have learned.
  • Duration: 2 hr.
  • Number of students: 20 max.


Registration:

The registration period is now over. Thank you for your participation!

*Please note that the workshops operate on a daily basis and by discipline, i.e. we come to your school to give two workshops in the same discipline on the same day. Thus, registrations are based on days and disciplines (circus arts, improvisation or storytelling). If you would like to have several days of training, please fill in the form several times. For example: if you want one day of training in improvisation and another in circus arts, or if you want two days of training in storytelling, fill out the form twice.

For more information, please contact us: a4c@creationsinvivo.com.


• This project is made possible thanks to the financial contribution of the Cultural Animation Support Fund of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada under the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second Official Language Instruction. Please note that the content is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Department or the Government of Canada. •