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Movesync: Physical theatre inspired by Crystal Pite with Simon Bell (Reprise)

February 18, 2023

Multi Region Event: Asia & Americas

Booking Closed

Bookings have now closed. If you wish to add in a late booking, please contact Event Manager Keriann O’Rourke


This workshop is a reprise of Simon’s very popular workshop from February 2021.

Please note that this event is available to book in two regions. For more detailed time zone information, please see the ‘Important information’ section below and select your chosen region when you ‘Book now’.

About the workshop

Movesync: Physical theatre inspired by Crystal Pite

Workshop description
Move sync is like lip sync for the body! In this physical acting workshop, you will discover a new approach to creating movement through a radical distillation of text, to add to your devising tool box. Through the staging and abstraction of the text, we will uncover what lies at the heart of the play.

Please note the activities, resources and content of this workshop is the same as the workshop from February 2021.

Area of Learning
The World of Theatre

Learning outcomes
Participants will:

  • explore an approach to creating movement from text.
  • explore how rhythm in text and movement are connected.
  • create both heightened literal movement and abstract movement sequences.
  • understand how movement can be used as a script.
  • practically examine the idea of deconstruction.
    experiment with the creation of atmosphere through sound.

Target audience
Educators of MS/HS/DP age range


About your workshop leader

Simon Bell
I was born in the United Kingdom, trained as an actor in Bristol and worked professionally as an actor/director before becoming a theatre teacher in the UK and US. In addition to working as a freelance theatre artist who travels the world looking for exciting creative opportunities and the best beaches, I am also now teaching drama and theatre at United Nations International School in Manhattan, USA.

My main interests as a theatre artist are in devised collaborative theatre and physical acting. My training is focussed in Lecoq’s pedagogy and in my own devised work, and I am passionate about exploring social and political ideas through physicality. I have experience working with Complicité, Frantic Assembly and Gecko, and these companies inform much of my practice.

I have extensive experience with the IB DP Theatre and MYP courses and have led Category 1, 2 and 3 teacher training workshops for ISTA. I also work as a creative director, SEL at TaPS/festivals and master class leader and am thrilled to be part of such an incredible community of theatre artists

Important information

Event Manager
Keriann O’Rourke

Workshop timings
Region 1 Asia (& Americas): Saturday, 18th February 2023
9:00 am – 10:30 am SST [Singapore Standard Time]
*Americas: Friday, 17th February, 2023 5:00pm-6:30pm PST [Pacific Standard Time]


The workshop will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Some familiarity with Google Drive, Google Docs etc. would be helpful, but is not a requirement.

Places are limited to 25 participants per region.


ISTA Members: GBP £52 per person
Non members: GBP £65 per person

Please note that once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our event terms and conditions.

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Space requirements
If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Asia & Americas

Starts on Saturday 18 February at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 18 February at 10:30
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)


• Aileen Morrison
• Carolyn Ho
• Carolyn Swanson
• daisy moorcroft
• Ivy Vanderstichelen
• Jennie Davies
• Jessica De Borja
• Kayla Cayabyab
• Pascaline Dacharry
• Simone Christoffelsz
• Tiara Mia


• Simon Bell