As part of this year’s London International Workshop Festival theatre nomad ran a workshop that was part recreation, part stimulation, part live art event, inspired by the ground breaking Paris performances of Yves Klein in 1960 where naked bodies were daubed in paint and used to print impression on canvas. Klein’s Anthropométries of the Blue Epoch revolutionised painting and performance.

This workshop, led by Luke Dixon, artistic director of both the Workshop Festival and theatre nomad, Emma Grace, the filmmaker and performance maker and choreographer Jane Turner, was for all dancers, visual artists and performance makers interested in the spontaneous use of their naked body in the creation of paintings, prints and performance. The event followed on from the company’s previous exploration of Klein’s work at the Tristan Bates Theatre in 1997 when the event resulted in body printed forms of the actors creating a setting for performances of Twelfth Night. There was live improvised musical accompaniment on the violin by Alison Blunt.


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