Creation Laboratory

A writing close to the actor. A singular experience.

What is it?

 

Pierre-Etienne Vilbert, playwright and director, created the Creation Laboratory in 2005.

Sometimes it's an annual theater workshop for amateurs, who live an exciting experience, sometimes it's a creative and demanding process with professional actors, and sometimes it's an original and short workshop for adults and children. Each time, a new story is born.

 
 
 

Four versions available

Creation Laboratory: the Annual Theater Workshop

Each new edition starts with a theme on which the improvisations and writing will be based.
As they go along, scenes are written by Pierre-Etienne Vilbert, then worked on stage by the group.
The characters created are fully inspired by the "nature" of each and everyone, constituting the highly appreciated singularity of this approach.

A delightful 3-step process

The first few hours allow us to create a common language, to discover how to play on stage, how to relate to our partners, how to listen to them, etc., and to unify the group. 

Then, in a second time, the objective is to lead to the writing of scenes of theater which will constitute little by little the play itself.

When the play is finalized, the play and the staging are then considered with the participants. The whole team is mobilized at each step (choice of costumes, props...) until the inevitable public presentation.

Number of participants

minimum 5 / maximum 10

For whom ?

Amateur and/or experienced actors of all generations.
The only requirement is to commit to the entire process.

Duration

Often between 60 and 80 hours, in sessions of 3 to 4 hours + the rehearsal time of the final piece

Creation Laboratory : the Adult Intensive Workshop

Taking place over one to two weeks, each workshop starts with a theme on which improvisations and writing will be based.


As the workshop progresses, scenes are written by Pierre-Etienne Vilbert, then worked on by the group on stage.

The characters created are fully inspired by the "nature" of each and everyone, constituting the highly appreciated singularity of this approach.

An intense and unforgettable experience

The first few hours allow us to create a common language, both to discover the game on the stage, the relationship with the partner, listening...etc, and to federate the group. 

Then, very quickly, the first brainstorming sessions take place to find possible character tracks. The writing of the scenes that will constitute the play is done at the end of each day, in order to be able, from the second day, to work on the text and continue to make the story grow.

The staging is then envisaged with the participants as the text arrives and gradually draws the contours of the final play. The whole team is mobilized at each step (choice of costumes, props...) until the inevitable public presentation.

Number of participants

Minimum 4 / maximum 8

For whom ?

Amateur and/or experienced actors of all generations.
The only requirement is to commit to the entire process.

Duration

One to two weeks of immersion

Creation Laboratory: the Children's Discovery Workshop

Short workshop that seeks to develop the children's imagination to make them experience an approach to theater.


The first few hours allow the creation of a common language in order to learn how to play on stage, how to relate to their partners, how to improve their listening skills and how to initiate themselves into creative improvisation.

 

The children become the driving force behind their imaginary characters, which they are encouraged to develop over the course of the sessions.  

 

The workshop concludes with the recording of an imaginary radio show in which the children's "creatures" are invited, a show that the parents will have the pleasure of discovering a few days later.

Number of participants

Minimum 4 / maximum 6

For whom ?

Children from 9 to 13 years old

Duration

Between 2 and 5 days, with at least 4 sessions of 3 hours each

Creation Laboratory : Professional Creation Process

Taking place over a minimum of two weeks, the Professional Creation Laboratory starts with a theme or existing material on which dramaturgical research, improvisations and finally writing will be based.

 

As the weeks go by, scenes are written by Pierre-Etienne Vilbert, then worked on by the actors and actresses on stage, drawing the outlines of an unpublished play. 

As always, the "scores" created are fully inspired by the "nature" of each and everyone, constituting the highly appreciated singularity of this approach.

Number of participants

As many as needed, rarely more than 10

For whom ?

Professional actors and actresses

Duration

At least 2 to 3 weeks of work immersion

Creation Laboratory, over the years

2020 "Imaginary Creatures
The Imaginary Kingdom Show - 5 children - Chateau Gontier (FR) - CDW

2018 "Networks of influence and free will

The Shepherd's Hour - 6 actors - La Maison Auriolles in Bias (FR) - AIW

 

2017 "Courage and Values"

In the interstices of our acts - 8 actors - La Halle in Liège (BE) - PCP

 

2017 Rewriting a play through process
Beyond mountain sides - 6 actors - Théâtre Les Déchargeurs Paris (FR) - PCP

 

2016 "The debt and the value"

The distance and the impact - 5 actors - Le CEAAC in Strasbourg (FR) - AIW

 

2015 "Free and responsible?"

Garden of Balances - 5 actors - Le Tambourin in Strasbourg (FR) - ATW

 

2013 "The look of the other"

The cerberus and the moon - 6 actors - Le PréO in Oberhausbergen (FR) - ATW

 

2012 "Consumption: who eats whom?"

Expiration date - 8 actors - Le PréO in Oberhausbergen (FR) - ATW

 

2011 "Resistance"

Attempt - 6 actors - Le PréO in Oberhausbergen (FR) - ATW

 

2010 "Identity"

Wheels & Incidents - 6 actors - Le PréO in Oberhausbergen (FR) - ATW

 

2009 "The small spaces of freedom

Carrousel - 4 actors - Le PréO in Oberhausbergen (FR) - ATW

 

2008 "The television and you"
Line of Sight - 6 actors - Le PréO in Oberhausbergen (FR) - ATW

 

2007 "The departure and the return
Turn(s) - 5 actors - Le Point d'Eau in Ostwald (FR) - ATW

 

2006 "The meeting"
As a monday - 7 actors - Le Bunker Théâtral in Eckbolsheim (FR) - ATW

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