Professional Workshops


Offering extensive workshops and various residencies for performing artists in key training methodologies, Madeleine is recognized as a master teacher, with twenty years of working as a movement practitioner. Training in the physical arts is vital for maintaining artistic excellence, a reverence for craft and forging ahead into un-discovered territory.

On-going training also creates equity among performers, and provides the ritual of daily practice that leads to heightened focus. In depth exploration of ‘whole body practices’ (physical, psychological and experiential) provide the grounding that is so vital for not only a performers authentic inner landscape,  but also clarity of purpose and emotional precision.

Madeleine has studied with: Martha Graham, Jane Dudley (Martha Graham Company), Lenny Westerdjik (NDT), Lloyd Newson, Nigel Charnock (DV8), Timothy West (Old Vic Theatre) Marion Gough, Marion North (Laban Institute) Nicholas Gunn (Paul Taylor), Melinda Ring (Oguri), Christopher Aponte (Bejart), the Siti Company, and Pina Bausch.

She has taught at the USC School of Theatre and in residencies across California and the UK. Madeleine is an Artist in Residence at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Arts, and is on faculty at the Academy of Classics at Theatricum Botanicum.

“The time you spent with us was pivotal in our growth as a theater, I can’t tell you how relevant and powerful your influence has been.” H. Chodos – The Actors’ Gang.

 

The Actors Landscape

A workshop residency that combines various pedagogy to nurture and amplify the performer’s physical life. Innovative explorations of narrative, text, imagery, voice, architecture, and energy are combined with rigorous exercises for daily creative practice, partnering and ensemble experiences

 

Laban Movement and Dynamics for Actors

Workshops grounded in the principles of the eight efforts, as a tool for the development of authentic character, natural physical action and energetic momentum. It is a system for understanding the subtle and powerful relationship between movement and inner intention.

 

Viewpoints and Improvisational Variations

Ensemble improvisations and studies that deepen knowledge of the relationship between the performer, the ensemble and the stage. Harnessing spontaneous creation and ‘chance’ happenings through individual and group improvisational practices, such as contact improvisation.

 

Body-Weather Laboratory

Highly physical, rigorous and rhythmic training initially developed by Min Tanaka, evokes sense memory, and re-examines the body itself as a transformative environment.

 

Devised Composition

Creative process leading to the development of original work, often driven by an ensemble. Elements include the exploration of themes, identifying essential questions, creating text and movement, building characters and working with stage design and architecture.

 

 The Art of Choreography

Exploring the specific choreological elements and principles found in modern dance, and in particular Dance Theatre, in order to create dynamic and meaningful compositions. (This workshop is currently in residency at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.)

 

Testimonial Theatre

Compositional work and performance drawn from extensive interviews, followed by the creation of autobiographical text, monologues and or poetry reflecting these real life experiences. Arts Education

 

Emerging Artists/Youth Arts

Teaching young adults and pre-professionals the fundamental principles and skills needed to achieve technical and artistic mastery – Drawing upon the multi-disciplinary aspects of the arts, and exposing students to experimental and avant-garde works. Madeleine has that rare gift, the ability to teach young adults how to be more than performers – how to be artists Brenda Strong – Stage and Television actress.

Review

Reviews:

Director Madeleine Dahm masterfully creates a timeless search for sexual, intellectual and religious freedom in this knockout production. Her use of stylized movement and striking visuals add an emotional and metaphoric wallop.” Mary Mallory – The Tolucan Times

Zany, raucous, tender, thoughtful, surreal, puts one in mind of Pina Bausch’s vivid characters” Gus Solomon’s – Dance Insider, New York