On 16 & 17 April 2016 the Geelong arts precinct played host to 70 workshop participants, emerging artists and guest artists as Back to Back Theatre’s highly anticipated workshop series, CAMP (Come And Make Performance) returned.
CAMP is a weekend of delightfully ruthless creative investigations for community members with and without disabilities. Many locals to the Geelong region enrolled in this year’s sold-out program and a large number of participants from Melbourne and interstate travelled to spend the weekend with the award-winning Back to and its professional ensemble.
Leading contemporary artists facilitated 12 inclusive workshops over two days covering a range of creative interests including dance, comic performance, design, visual theatre, devising for performance and physical theatre. The Back to Back Theatre ensemble ran group warm ups on both days and each workshop resulted in a short performance.
Workshop facilitators for this year’s event included cinematographer Justin Batchelor, director Ian Pidd, VCA’s Raimondo Cortese, performance maker Ingrid Voorendt, The Click Clack Project’s James Hullick, playwright Dan Giovannoni, theatremaker Daniel Schlusser, Blink Dance Company’s Lyndel Quick, theatremaker Samara Hersch, visual artist Eugyeene Teh, Fraught Outfit’s Adena Jacobs, theatremaker James Pratt and physical theatre performer Dan Han. The collection of creatives from all areas of the performing arts proposed a varied and immersive experience for participants.
Both facilitators and participants gained new insights into artistic practice with workshop facilitator Ian Pidd commenting “the thrill of messing about at Back to Back never fades… You never can predict where things will land. And they always land in much better places than you could possibly predict. And that is the best kind of process for making art. And for living, really”.
CAMP will return to Back to Back Theatre in 2017.