workshop  2016

Landscapes and Transformations: Residential workshop in Pembrokeshire, Wales.


June 25th (arrive) to July 2nd (depart) 2016


cost £350 inclusive of food, accommodation, tuition.

taught by Nick Parkin &

Marie-Gabrielle Rotie


Email to receive complete information brochure and for booking details. International students welcome.


Register Interest Now! Back by popular demand!   This residential workshop takes place in the wild and unspoilt National Parks Coastline of Pembrokeshire, voted by Lonely Planet readers in 2014 as the number one most beautiful coast in the world! Marie-Gabrielle was raised in Pembrokeshire and has walked the coast path every year since she was four years old (so that is 44 years of familiarity!).


The workshop venue is a new one for us, Caerhafod, and has been hired for our exclusive use, and has bunkrooms, an indoor workshop space, self-catering kitchen and excellent facilities. We are within walking distance of the coast path, with the villages of Trefin and Porthgain, both with lovely pubs and cafes and eating places, nearby.


Price includes accommodation, tuition, food for breakfast and lunch or dinner with option to create packed lunches.


Catering is vegetarian and done on a rota by all participants and is a lovely communal experience. There is plenty of opportunity to also be more independent if you want more 'alone' time as well. In 2013, participants ranged from international participants from France, Sweden and Australia, PHD students and mature professional artists, MA and BA students and just those wanting to do something different. there is plenty of opportunity to film, take photos, and work in different visual mediums.


We will have access to transport for those who don't want to do a lot of walking, but be prepared for walking on moderately challenging terrain and for that being part of the workshop process.


Nearest railway station is FISHGUARD or if needed HAVERFORDWEST. We can arrange timed arrivals for collections from station to venue etc. Price does not include train or flights, so do book as early as you can.


Nick and Marie-Gabrielle have collaborated since 1994 (for over 20 years!) and bring a wide range of expertise to this workshop. Nick in particular has a long history of sound and movement practise drawing upon environmental, site-specific and eco-critical approaches. He teaches a soft martial arts based warm up each day. Teaching draws upon somatics, Butoh and Marie-Gabrielle's own methods evolved over an artistic practice spanning 25 years.

informed by Butoh and looking at how we can translate ideas into action through the ‘butoh paradigm’. Both improvisation and choreographic processes will be explored with a particular emphasis on the use of images, on scoring, on the delicious possibilities of slow motion and a particular sensitivity to time and space.  We will take as the overall theme ‘’ into the emptiness’’. Japanese aesthetic concepts of MA, MU, YUGEN and Void will be a starting point to movement investigation