23 Dec

Workshops with Anna Yen 2019 – early 2020 (to date – more to come)

Wake Up!

Feldenkrais Method inspired sequence to wake you up at anytime of day.

Brisbane  – March 29, 30, 31 2019. Download flyer:  Wake Up! 

Malanda – April 13 – 14, 2019 Download flyer Wake Up April 13-14.

Perth – October 4 – 5 , 2019 ( to be confirmed)

PlayMoves – Play, Creativity, Awareness Through Movement, Pleasure, Presence, Complicity.

Brisbane – July  6, 7  for Performers Winter PlayMoves July 6-7 2019

Brisbane – July 13  for GENERAL PUBLIC PlayMoves Public July 13, 2019

Brisbane – January 6 -10, 2020  for Performers –  new time of year!

Insuring Failure – Clown  January 7 – 9, 2020

Here’s the Brisbane Wake Up! March 29-31 &  Malanda FNQ April 13-14  info:

Public flyer -Wake Up! Reduced size.22.12Malanda Wake Up

25 Aug

PlayMoves – Hobart – Oct 27

Download workshop flyer here: PlayMoves Hobart Oct 27, 2018

Play, Awareness Through Movement, and Creativity Workshop

Facilitated by ANNA YEN

Saturday October 27, 2018

This one-day workshop is for people who want to explore awareness through movement, embodied creativity, presence and the pleasure to play, with other people.

will include:

  • movement sequences from the Feldenkrais Method designed to heighten the perception of one’s body and rediscover an organic sense of movement with more ease and less tension.
  • games to invite our playfulness
  • group exercises to explore what it means “to be present” and in “complicity” with others
  • rhythm as a foundation for creative play
  • a wonderful writing exercise that begins from the physical

Awareness Through Movement                Playfulness              Creativity                                                                   Connection

Date:                                    Saturday October 27, 2018

Time:                                     10.30 am – 4.30 pm

At: South Hobart Living Arts Centre, 14 Weld Street, South Hobart.

Workshop Fee: $95 / Australian Feldenkrais Guild Members $90

Early Bird Pre-payment by October 1st: $85 /$80 AFG Members.

Bookings: Pre-booking and prepayment are required for this workshop. Please email Anna anna@playmoves.org

Payment details are in flyer PlayMoves Hobart Oct 27, 2018

 

 What to bring /wear:

Comfortable clothes to move freely in; yoga mat; towel; a contribution to shared lunch. And curiosity.

Photo © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

Photo © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

25 Aug

Wake Up with Anna Yen and Julie Peck, Perth Oct 13 &14, 2018

Download a flyer for the workshop Wake Up with Anna Yen and Julie Peck

Wake Up! A Feldenkrais® -Inspired Sequence

A Feldenkrais Method® workshop with Feldenkrais Practitioners

Anna Yen and Julie Peck

Have you ever wanted to explore a sequence of Feldenkrais Method® Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons to help you ‘wake up’?

 Feldenkrais Method® and theatre practitioner, Anna Yen, assisted by Julie Peck, Feldenkrais Trainer, will lead you through a sequence of dynamic Awareness Through Movement lessons which incorporate:

  • multiple ways to move from standing to sitting to lying on the floor, and back up to standing.
  • moving across the floor
  • flexion (folding movements), extension (arching movements), side bending and rotation (twisting and spiraling movements)
  • practising focus which is both inside and outside i.e. both awareness of how you are moving, and of the environment in which you are moving.

The workshop incorporates games, which playfully develop awareness of the space, other people, and rhythm. This exploratory, draft sequence of Awareness Through Movement lessons, was put together by European theatre teacher, Monika Pagneux, to help performers “wake up”, to be ready to play and to follow their impulses on stage (or in life!)  Anna has studied extensively with Pagneux, whose aim is to help people be “wonderful, sensitive, moving human beings”.

                                                                       

Photo © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

Photo © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

21 May

PlayMoves Workshops 2018

I’m pleased to announce the PlayMoves 2018 workshops in Brisbane.

July 7 – Play, Awareness Through Movement and Creativity- for General Public

July 8 – One Day Winter Performers workshop

December 10 – 14  – Performers’ workshop

December 11 – 13  – “Insuring Failure” Clown Workshop.

Here’s the flyers:

PlayMoves Public LW July 7, 2018

PlayMoves for Performers,July8,2018

PlayMovesDec2018

PlayMoves – CLOWN – Insuring Failure Brisbane Dec 2018

If you would like PlayMoves workshops in your region, community, organization, please contact me: anna@playmoves.org.

Warm Wishes,

Anna

Photo © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

Photo © International Feldenkrais® Federation Archive, Robert Golden.

02 Apr

SLOW BOAT short-listed for Queensland Premier’s Drama Award

SLOW BOAT QPDA credit Queensland TheatreWonderful news. My play, SLOW BOAT, has been short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. This means that I am having the opportunity to develop the script further. On March 18-21, this year 2018, the actors, co-director workshopped the current draft with the excellent dramaturge Hilary Beaton, who we welcomed into the creative team.

SLOW BOAT is inspired by the adventures of my father during WW2.

Photo Credit: Queensland Theatre. (l-r) Luke ha, Anna Yen, Therese Collie, Joel Chia, Julian Wong, Nicholas Ng, Hilary Beaton, Harry Tseng.

30 Nov

MONSTERIA

 

MonsteriaVery much looking forward to performing in MONSTERIA with GUSH, Nov 30 -Dec 3 during Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival. MONSTERIA is directed by Celia White and the performers are the wonderful Mayu Muto, Bianca Mackail and I.

 

27 May

SLOW BOAT update

Cast of SLOW BOAT in Creative Development November 2016: (l-r) Harry Tseng, Julian WOng, Nicholas Ng, Luke Ha, Joel Chia. Photo by Georgina Greenhill

Cast of SLOW BOAT in Creative Development November 2016: (l-r) Harry Tseng, Julian Wong, Nicholas Ng, Luke Ha, Joel Chia. Photo by Georgina Greenhill.                                                           Slow Boat_ Synopsis 2017                                                                                                                  SLOW BOAT is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Creative Sparks is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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18 May

Gush Circus

 

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A new creative project I am part of:

GUSH is a new feminist circus ensemble made up of 4 highly experienced women of circus. We use the repertoire of circus and the theatricality of contemporary performance to explore the way the performing feminine body is read and misread. The circus is unconventional and the performance is daring, ranging from the rebellious to the ridiculous. Photo by Suzon Fuks.

12 Aug

Strong Women Project 2016 – Circus Oz

I’ll be in  Melbourne August 15-19, 2016 to work in the Strong Women Project at Circus Oz. I’ll be Movement  Trainer, along with a great team of Maude Davey ( Lead Director) and Rudi Mineur (Group Acro balances). Here is a video from last year’s Circus Oz Strong Women project where I was also Movement Trainer. Looking forward to it!

28 May

Slow Boat Creative Development – more photos

Joel Chia, Harry Tseng, Julian Wong, Luke Ha carrying Nicholas Ng in SLOW BOAT creative development.

Joel Chia, Harry Tseng, Julian Wong, Luke Ha,  Nicholas Ng  (being lifted), in SLOW BOAT Creative Development,  April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks.

Harry Tseng, Julian Wong, Luke Ha, Nicholas Ng and Joel Chia in creative development of 'Slow Boat' April 2015

The Company of Men in SLOW BOAT Creative Development  (l-r) Harry Tseng, Julian Wong, Luke Ha, Nicholas Ng and Joel Chia. April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks.

below:  The Company of Men of SLOW BOAT : Nicholas Ng, Harry Tseng, Julian Wong, Luke Ha and Joel Chia. Photo Suzon Fuks.

The Company of Men in SLOW BOAT, creative development  April 2015 L-R Nicholas Ng, Harry Tseng, Julian Wong, Luke Ha, Joel Chia.

19 Mar

SLOW BOAT

I am delighted to announce that Slow Boat , an ensemble physical theatre new work based on the story of my father and about 580 Chinese men who were evacuated to Australia during World War 2 from Nauru, sent to Central Australia to mine, and then worked for the US Army in Bulimba, has been funded for a n initial Creative Development period.

The Creative Team is:

Writer / Co-Director  Anna Yen; Dramaturge / Co-Director Therese Collie; Designer Georgina Greenhill; Musical Director / Performer Nicholas Ng; Performers – Luke Ha, Joel Chia, Julian Wong and Harry Tseng.

This wonderful creative team came  together for two weeks of  devising  and creative development from March 30 – April 10, 2015. I am now writing a new draft of the script based on the discoveries of the creative development.

Luke Ha in  SLOW BOAT - creative development April 2015

Luke Ha in SLOW BOAT – creative development April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks.

SLOW BOAT is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. 

SLOW BOAT is supported by BEMAC and Flipside Circus.

Slow Boat Creative Development April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks

Slow Boat Creative Development April 2015. Photo Suzon Fuks

My huge grattude to all these organisations for their support in helping SLOW BOAT to set sail! Thank you also to the Bulimba Historical Association for their valuable support

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19 Mar

Electric Dragon

I had great fun recently, collaborating with Georgie Pinn on her multimedia ELECTRIC DRAGON project! Learnt heaps too! Thanks to the Copyright Agency Career Fund for support to travel to Melbourne for the project.

28 Jan

The Serpent’s Table – Sydney Festival

Anna Yen performed in The Serpent’s Table during the 2014 Sydney Festival.
The Serpents’ Table combines storytelling, performance, theatrical installation and food.

The premiere season was sold out in minutes.

Co-produced by Performance4a and Griffin Theatre.
Directed by Darren Yap and Lee Lewis.
Performers Indira Naidoo, Pauline Nguyen, Jennifer Wong, Darren Yap,  Anna Yen with Luke Ha.
Designers Alice Lau, Bambang N Karim, Nicholas Ng and Luiz Pampolha.

11 Jun

Waterwheel Installation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnna Yen performed in the Waterwheel Installation at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in October and December 2011. The installation was created by Waterwheel founders Suzon Fuks and James Cunningham from Igneous, and  an international team of artists. 

Waterwheel is an internet platform and community dedicated to water, as topic and metaphor. Thinkers, activists, artists, scientists and educators share, inform, debate, present and archive their latest ideas and works about water. 

More info on Waterwheel Blog and Igneous Website

Waterwheel showing short (mp4 version) from WATERWHEEL on Vimeo.

03 Jun

The Mop Up Professionals

Following on from their 2010 physical theatre work Phoenix Rising, James Cunningham, Suzon Fuks, Skye Nicholls, Jeff Turpin and Anna Yen, collaborated again to create The Mop Up Professionals in 2012 which was performed in  Brisbane City Council’s ‘Music in the Gardens’.

01 Mar

Eye to Eye

 

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Divo Sock, Sofia Woods, James Cunningham and Anna Yen developed and presented Eye to Eye, a workshop process celebrating difference.

Ever been discriminated against because of difference?

Ever discriminated against someone because of difference?

Want to try to walk in someone else’s shoes?

Have someone walk in yours?

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