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Genevan THINK TANK THEATRE’ Karim inspires NewVIc performing arts students with his expertise

NewVIc has played host to a record number of guests visiting from across Europe this year. On Monday x March, NewVIc welcomed Think Tank Theatre’s Karim Bel Kacem from France who held an awe inspiring workshop for a group of film/art/media students this week.

Karim Bel Kacem can boast a fine pedigree in the film business, having trained with two world renowned directors; one being Laurence Olivier Award winning theatre and film director Peter Brook. The other is Ariane Mnouchkine, who is a French stage director who founded the Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble Théâtre du Soleil in 1964.  As well as Karim being a resident artist at the Théâtre Saint-Gervais in Geneva, he also has created the Think Tank Theatre and is the artistic director. His interest to explore the relationship between theatre and cinema, sound and image is very apparent throughout his work.

Hearing about NewVIc’s performing arts work, Karim travelled to London especially to run this workshop designed for the Level 2 and 3 performing arts students who have a focus on drama. Students ranged from the ages of 16 to 18 years old. The afternoon gave students an opportunity to learn about Karim’s innovative stage design and the importance of energy.  Students took part in two theatrical group exercises to give them a sense of body awareness to explore and improve self-expression. Zuri Thompson Performing Arts Teacher said “We were really impressed with the exercises he organised, his methodology and his unique approach to theatre. The students certainly benefited from Karim’s visit.”