(S)Physical Workshop, hosted by Beverly Yuen

This class is part of The School of Uncommon Knowledge

(S)Physical Theatre-Spiritual-Physical Theatre. While “physical” seems to be an antonym of “spiritual”, physical training for performers is about integration of body, speech and mind, and not just about physical movements.

This workshop helps performers and aspirants of theatre and dance to develop the awakening of the body senses, and enhance body co-ordination. Participants could unleash the powers of creativity in expressing themselves through the following workshop structure:

  1. Physical training
  2. Voice as an extension of body
  3. Structure and spontaneity
  4. Arising & Flaming (using traditional body forms as vehicles for the integration of body, voice and breath of a performer


About Beverly Yuen

Beverly obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) from National University of Singapore, a Masters in Mass Communication and a PhD in Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University. She co-founded Theatre OX and was a full-time performer with the troupe from 1995 to 1999.  She trained for a year at Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in 1998.

In 2001, Beverly founded In Source Theatre and was its Artistic Director from 2001 to 2013. She has directed and performed in more than 20 works with the company. Beverly also performed in productions directed by various directors/choreographers. Among them were Bun & Stone (2010) choreographed by Lim Chin Huat and Tan How Choon, The Painted House II (2000) and The Painted House III (2000) directed by the late William Teo, Mr Beng (2000) directed by Kok Heng Leun, and Exodus (1999) directed by Jean Ng.

From 2005 to 2007, Beverly spearheaded the practice-oriented research project Defining “Spiritual Theatre”: a Cross-cultural Study of Rituals and Traditional Body Forms in Singapore funded by a Research and Development Grant awarded by the National Arts Council.


All classes in A Home for the Arts run on barter. When registering please select two of the following that you would like to give in exchange for the class.

  • Time (collaboration in arts projects)
  • Novels
  • Wine/Whiskey/Vodka (Miniatures are good)
  • Tomato soup (cans)
  • Photography/videography to document the workshop
  • DVDs of Tsai Ming-liang, Wong Kar Wai or Krzysztof Kieslowski


Friday, 11 November 2016

5pm - 7pm

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