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Dr Faustus

Workshop and Performance from Voice Theatre Lab

Year: 2008, 56 mins
Code: RL-Faustus

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'Dr Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe, adapted and directed by Robert Lewis is an exploration of voice, sound and body. The production of 'Dr Faustus' explores abstract imagery through voice and body. It was the result of a rigorous training and rehearsal processes undertaken in 2007 and 2008. These performer-generated abstract images, which were inspired by the original text, drew inspiration from Butoh dance.
The concept was developed further by incorporating sound, text and vocal exploration through various states of physical 'crisis'. These states of 'crisis' [conceptual, physical and vocal] do not hinder or suppress the vocal expression; rather, it releases a gamut of subconscious and inner essences of the performers by increasing the state of internal energy.

Robert Lewis trained at the University of Tasmania, Monash University, NIDA and RMIT. He is Lecturer in Theatre [Voice] at the Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston, and is Director of the Voice Theatre Lab.

Voice Theatre Lab is housed at the Academy of the Arts, Launceston. It is a laboratory; it explores and develops rigorous and highly energized physical and vocal training methods, fusing contemporary East and West theatre practices to create a physio-vocal training aesthetic. Voice Theatre Lab are not bound by the semantic meaning of words. The freedom from not having connections to meaning enables performers to explore a range of concrete and abstract elements.

Robert Lewis, Lecturer in Voice and Theatre, and Theatre Sub-Dean, is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), University of Tasmania, Monash University and RMIT. Robert is the director of the Voice Theatre Lab, a performance group focusing on physio-vocal practice and research. Some of the productions include ‘Dr Faustus’, ‘5’ (both published on DVD, distributed through Artfilms), ‘Tetractys', ‘The Oedipus Project’ and 'Iam Nocte'.


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