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Stomping Ground

MON 06–FRI 17 JANUARY, 2014

Presented by Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre

Stomping Ground is a Physical Theatre Intensive Training program that will take you on a journey of transformation and kick-start your year.

2014 will mark Stomping Ground’s 16th year, which was the first of its kind in Australia. This year will be led by Zen Zen Zo founders Lynne Bradley and Simon Woods, Resident Director Drew der Kinderen, and Guest Artist Younes Bachir (long-term collaborator with Spanish company La Fura dels Baus) will also join the team.

The program aims to introduce artists to a range of physical theatre disciplines including Zen Zen Zo’s specialty areas of the Suzuki Method, Butoh, and the Viewpoints, as well as Bachir’s Andante Method.

Stomping Ground will provide a solid base in these approaches focusing on developing the performer’s physical, vocal and ensemble skills. It is also a journey of transformation – both personally and professionally – as participants begin the New Year by refining their goals for 2014, shaping their craft, and meeting fellow artists with similar interests and beliefs.

This training course is physically rigorous and mentally challenging. Participants should be in good health and prepared to work hard. However, no previous physical theatre experience is necessary. Due to the demanding nature of this course, all participants must be at least 18 years of age (or have finished Year 12).

Inspired by
Zen Zen Zo’s aesthetic was forged between the ancient Asian dance-theatre traditions, the European avant-garde theatre movement, and contemporary pop culture. Zen Zen Zo believes in a theatre of contact, in which the relationship between the actors and the audience is at once intimate and shocking, compelling and confrontational, ritualistic and profane.
Known for
Physical Theatre in the forefront of contemporary performance specialising in training methods: The Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Butoh Dance-Theatre and The Viewpoints.


The reputation and intensity of Zen Zen Zo’s training methods are agonisingly superior to anything I have ever done. As an improviser, structure is essential and the ritualised and rigorous processes of Stomping Ground fed my spontaneity and creativity.

Rea Dennis Teacher / Artist

Stomping Ground was a unique encounter; both challenging and affirming. The quality of instruction was superb and the energy of the company was infectious. I'll carry this experience with me for a long time to come.

STEPHEN ATKINS Canadian Director & Actor-Trainer

Stomping Ground was a boot-camp of body and mind, a wake-up call to creativity and a challenge to personal courage. The program, the directors, and the company are 100% professional and theatrically inspirational. Do it!

SUE JOWSEY New Zealand Educator

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About the Show


LYNNE BRADLEY, co-founder
LYNNE BRADLEY has worked as a director, choreographer, performer and actor-trainer in Brisbane and abroad for the past 25 years. In 1992 she founded Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre with Simon Woods, and has spent the past two decades building Zen Zen Zo into an internationally renowned performance and training centre. Lynne is currently involved in two major intercultural exchanges with world-renowned Butoh company Dairakudakan in Japan, and the International Schools throughout Asia.

SIMON WOODS, co-founder
SIMON WOODS co-founded Zen Zen Zo with Lynne Bradley in 1992 and is the Director of the Performance Company. In 2011 Simon joined the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) as a Producer delivering productions across genres in all QPAC venues. Simon directed over 20 productions for Zen Zen Zo, including the multiple award-winning Macbeth: As Told by the Weird Sisters (Brisbane, Townsville, Singapore 98-02), The Cult of Dionysus (Japan 94, Brisbane Festival 96), Sub-Con Warrior 2.0 (08), The Odyssey (QPAC 04), and The Man Who Sold the World (Brisbane Festival 2000).

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