2018.3.26 - 3.30   7 - 11 pm
Full Tuition:
(Same price for old and new students)

Enrolment Date

Performance Series

"New Directors' Movement" is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This workshop is part of the project.

The content of this activity does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


Elements Involved
Physical dance  improvisation theatre

Who is it for?
Theatre/dance professionals and people who have some training in theatre



New Directors' Movement

Physical Workshop by
Makoto Matsushima

In this workshop, Makoto Matsushima, the instructor, continues to explore the concept of "Funktionen." The potentials of a performer is enhanced by means of limiting the movement of certain parts of the body, creating innovative ways of moving. As the awareness for actions, behaviour and motivation of the performer is increased, a kind of body-mind synchronicity is achieved. This in turn  shortens the reaction time of a performer when  changes occur. These funktionen or functions include:
1) Material
2) Observation
3) Interpretation
4) Mediation
5) Manipulation
While Material is not a function, it can stand alone or interact with other functions.
The instructor will use one of these or a combination of these functions throughout the workshop.
There are 20 hours of work in this 5-session workshop. Participants are required to attend  barefooted and to work in attire suitable for moving.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is associated with the workshops Performing Brecht – Contemporary German Theatre Workshop and Funktionen! Physical Workshop by Makoto Matsushima and the Pre-show Seminar of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.


Makoto Matsushima is a graduate of the Nihon University College of Art. He launched his stage career with the Japanese dance theatre company Pappa TARAHUMARA while he was still a student, and has won critical acclaim for his performances both in television and on stage. From1995, Matsushima began creating his own pieces, working both as choreographer and dancer. In 1997, he performed in Zuni Icosahedron’s production Invisible Cities. He has toured Aia, Europe, and the U.S. with Pappa TARAHUMARA, and participated in its Hong Kong production of Spring Day (Haruhiru) in 1998. The following year, he choreographed and performed in Thunder and Lightning, a production by Edward Lam Dance Theatre, for the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Matsushima has been the artist-in-residence at Zuni Icosahedron, and collaborated with many Hong Kong’s local artists in addition to giving solo performances of his works. He is also active in the areas of set design and fine-art works. He was Professor at Korea National University of Arts in 2008, 2010 and recently in 2018.

Makoto appeared in Theatre Horizon's latest production of the trilogy, ‘Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Harbour Episode II Nightmares’ as guest performer.

Mike Nord (Live Music)

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