NORPA’s Associate Director Kirk Page and Artistic Director Julian Louis have developed a physical training program for local professional performers. Aptly titled Training Ground the program is now in its second round.

The first round brought together twelve performers in a series of workshops over seven weeks. Led by Kirk and Julian, the two-hour sessions focused on strength and conditioning, play building and ensemble boot camp.

The program allows NORPA to build the proficiency of talent in the region and invest in the development of a core ensemble that embrace physical rigour and investigation into creating bold and innovative new pathways in performance making. Participants of Training Ground have since been cast in NORPA productions – Journey To An Unnamed World and Dreamland.

Training Ground will continue as an important element of NORPA’s research and development. Entry is by application and enquiries can be directed to Kirk Page at associatedirector@norpa.org.au. Prior professional training is a requirement.

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