Our training outlook is threefold:
We are passionate about helping artists get into shape while learning how to embrace and celebrate the unique abilities of their body. Using a combination of the Loui Movement Technique, yoga, strength training, and deep relaxation, we help artists from all walks of life explore their physical capabilities and discover the power of living with wellness.
Creators interested in taking their physical exploration beyond fitness can join our training classes. Our classes focus on partner-based exercises that explore weight sharing, exchange of energy, basic tumbling, rolls, and inversions. Our advanced classes delve deeper into an exploration of theatrical styles as well as the incorporation of text.
Our productions focus on an intimate audience/storyteller relationship by using only the essential scenic, prop, and costume elements. We use the actor’s body, voice, and unique physicality as storytelling tools to spark the audience’s imagination. Our focus is on new and devised works as well as the reimagining of classics.
Our core belief is that everybody and every body can do this work. Gain confidence you can bring into your work, your art, and your life!
LOUI MOVEMENT TECHNIQUE
Our work is based in and inspired by the Loui Movement Technique (LMT): a movement training system for the actor grounded in mime, modern dance, dance/theatre explorations from Paris in the late 1970's, and cultivated over 30 years of studio training with actors. LMT uses the practice of Contact Improv to give the actor mastery over their physical expression, applicable in variety of styles, as well as to unlock the inherent wisdom of the body in performance; bridging the gap between movement and text.
ANNIE LOUI, Creator of the Loui Movement Technique
Annie Loui works as a director/choreographer, an educator, and creator of devised theater works. She trained with dancer Carolyn Carlson at the Paris Opera, and studied in France with physical theater masters Etienne Decroux, Ella Jarosivitcz and Jerzy Grotowski. Original physical theater pieces have been seen in France, Monaco, West Germany, and in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among other venues. She has choreographed for the American Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Theater, and off-Broadway for the Signature Theater. Longtime member of the Brandeis Theater Arts Department; she also taught extensively for the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard before coming to the University of California, Irvine, where she runs the Movement Program for the MFA Actor Training. She has received a Massachusetts Choreographer’s Fellowship, a Belgium Artist’s Abroad Award, a Beall Center for Art and Technology Grant and an NEA New Forms Grant. Favorite directing projects include two world premieres of Chuck Mee scripts; CAFÉ LE MONDE and WAR TO END WAR, and her devised theater adaptation of JANE EYRE created with Counter-Balance Theater. Intermedia performance creations include READING FRANKENSTEIN at the Beall Center for Art and Technology, and IN THE GRACE OF THE WORLD commissioned by the Orchestra of St Luke’s NYC. Her FALLING GIRL inter-active video installation with Scott Snibbe was exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and at the ArtRock Festival St Brieuc, France. Her book The Physical Actor is published by Routledge Press. www.counter-balancetheater.com