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Inside The Tempest: Physicalising Shakespeare

Year: 2019, 27+28 mins
Code: ZEN-TempestInP1

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The 30-minute documentary aims to educate and inspire young people with an interest in drama by exploring the relationship between training, creation and performance of The Tempest, using Zen Zen Zo's unique style. It traces the different stages of development as the company creates the show, from the initial production in Hong Kong through to opening night of the 2009 sell-out season in Australia.

This poetic and provocative retelling of Shakespeare's classic features a cast of 21 actors, dancers and singers including guest artists Bryan Nason (Grin & Tonic) as Prospero, and singer-songwriter Emma Dean as Ariel. The documentary includes footage of performance, training and interviews with cast and company members.

Accompanying the documentary is a 20-minute classroom exercises feature, which shows the company demonstrating some simple Composition exercises, employing the language of The Viewpoints, which can be easily applied to the classroom.



ZEN ZEN ZO PHYSICAL THEATRE, founded in 1992, is one of the leading providers of professional in-schools workshops, residencies, and educational resources in Australia.

ZEN MOTION is the media division of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, which aims to educate and inspire an emerging generation of arts leaders and practitioners by exposing students to world theatre practices through innovative DVDs and classroom materials.


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