What is physical theatre?
Physical Theatre is an exciting mix of physical disciplines used in performance to tell a story. Disciplines range from acrobatics and circus skills to martial arts, dance and puppetry.
The body is a powerful tool of expression - it has the potential to stir emotions and responses in an audience that the voice alone cannot. This expression is universal and timeless.
It is thought that physical theatre began with groups of roving performers in Europe. As they travelled through areas with differing languages and dialects, a physical mode of expression became dominant in order to transcend language barriers.
Practitioners like Lecoq, Grotowski, Laban and Artaud have taken inspiration from and added to this form of theatre over time. Physical Theatre today is therefore, a multi-disciplinary art form with a plethora of influences.