Workshops incorporate and share more than 40 years of multidisciplinary art practice. They are intended for professional practicing artists and are a combination of Master Classes and Inspirational Explorations.

The Workshops are led by artistic director S.D. Paich and members of Artship Ensemble. Fees are based on a sliding scale.

Embodying Ideas Workshops
Another view of the Embodying Ideas Workshops

Photographs by David Pang

1. Embodying Ideas Workshop — A Professional Workshop

Acting for Dancers-Dancing for Actors / Crossing disciplines towards a total theater expression

Description: This workshop helps participants refine their personal ways of embodying ideas.
Workshop Outline and Topics:

  • Warm-up
  • Tuning, Moving
  • From Open Process to Thematic Kernels
  • "Chance Favors the Prepared": — Improvisations
  • Embodying Ideas — Visible and Invisible
  • Public and Private — Actor's / Dancer's Body
  • Dancer's Secret
  • I and Not I — Paradox of Acting
  • Costume as Talisman
  • Personification Process — Individual Character
  • Tangible and Implied Architecture of Performance Space
  • Group Dialogue — Non-verbal Edge
  • Rehearsal
  • Mini Performance
Group holding fabric from one corner
Group stretching pieces of fabric each
Group stretching fabric in front of themselves, only heads showing

2. Performance for Visual Artists Workshop.

This project responds to the great interest among visual artists in creating temporal pieces that are extensions of their work and that may be unsuitable for theater. A rudimentary knowledge of communicating visual ideas in time greatly helps to clarify and generate imaginative works in the context of performance for an audience. The workshop is based on S.D. Paich's lifetime of experience in working in traditional, non-traditional and non-theater situations, as well as working with visual artists as performers and nurturing diverse and multidisciplinary talent. Performance for Visual Artists Workshop

Dancer lying down with strange angled lights across the space
Collaboration S.D. Paich and A.Ferriols
Time lapse photo of dancer slowly rising from prone position

Empty space with strange lights across the floor and on an empty mat

Workshop Outline and Topics:

  • Meeting of the Artists.
  • Sharing samples, 1- 2 diapositives, photos, or actual work,of participating artists.
  • If actors and dancers are participating bring a photographfrom a performance.

Mini- Warm Up. Lyricism of the Body.
Non-dancers can do this seated in a chair.
Space and Visual Boundaries. Energizing the Space for the Performance.
Body as Focus, Object/Art as Focus.

Audience as Focus, Participation through Empathy.
Action Participation.

Timing. Composition in Time. Modalities of Organizing Time.
Sequence As Messenger.

Participants' Ideas as Individual Pieces for Future Work.
Collaborations and Co-Creation.
Collective Work of the Day's Participants.


View of the Igor Ivan's Sapic installation Message In a Bottle
Installation by Igor Ivan Sapic
Another view of Igor Ivan Sapic's installation
Artship Archives

3. Bathing in Sound, Listening to Silence Workshop.

Responding to the deep need to express through sound, this workshop consists of simple tuning and singing together at the edges, of feeding our bodies with beautiful sound and nourishing our inner worlds.

No previous experience of singing or tuning is needed.