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And They Will Touch You: Physical Contact Guidelines Within Immersive Theater

Saturday(1)

  • Classroom #1 (Room 201 A)

    04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

    Learn how BLACKOUT actors are taught, trained, and monitored in what the New York Times calls “the most extreme theater event of the year.”

Physical contact within immersive theater can sometimes feel like it’s an integral part of the experience, and not just adding to the show, but quite literally becoming a character within itself. By breaking down the physical barrier between audience and actor, a new set of questions emerge and ask us to re-evaluate how we bridge that relationship. Does physical contact help or hurt this scene? How far is too far? How rough is too rough?

In 2009, BLACKOUT, the one-at-a-time adults-only horror experience, opened in NYC and forever changed the conversation. This extreme show pushed boundaries, set parameters, and would quickly become the benchmark for this growing art form. Now, for the first time since the show opened, join BLACKOUT co-creator and immersive theater director Josh Randall as he walks you through a very special workshop on physical contact within immersive theater. Learn how BLACKOUT actors are taught, trained, and monitored in what the New York Times calls “the most extreme theater event of the year.”
This hands-on workshop is designed as an entry point for actors, directors, and creators to explore the many different facets of physical contact within an immersive theater environment. Over the course of an hour, participants will work on their feet exploring topics like the quality of touch, the extremity of contact, strength and safety, personal boundaries, and an in-depth conversation surrounding the moral and ethical debates of this new physical form.

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