Rachel Rosenthal

November 9, 1926 (France) ‚Äď May 10, 2015 (USA)

Rachel Rosenthal was an interdisciplinary and performance artist, teacher, actress, and animal rights activist based in Los Angeles. She was best known for her full-length performance art pieces which offered unique combinations of theatre, dance, creative slides and live music. One of her key ambitions was to help heal the earth through art.

She toured her pieces, with The Rachel Rosenthal Company, to numerous venues both within the United States and abroad. Some of the theatres and festivals she visited include: the Dance Theatre Workshop and Serious Fun! At Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kaaitheater in Brussels, The Internationals Summer Theater Festival in Hamburg, The Performance Space in Sydney and the Festival de Th√©√Ętre des Am√©riques, Th√©√Ętre Centaur, Montr√©al.

The Rachel Rosenthal Company is devoted to honoring Rachel’s legacy by¬†redefining the boundaries of theatre; to present thought-provoking experimental works encompassing the visual and performing arts, and to communicating relevant social, environmental, cultural, gender, and spiritual issues to a broad public. The Company workshops offer emerging artists, young and old, an arena in which to create, hone and present original work.¬† Rachel Rosenthal, whose 50-year theatrical career was distinguished by continual innovation, founded The Rachel Rosenthal Company, a non-profit organization, in 1989 to work collaboratively with artists from all disciplines and to convey the tenets of her pioneering form of spontaneous collaboration (the DbD ‚ÄúDoing by Doing‚ÄĚ technique) through her Company‚Äôs theatrical productions and performance workshops.

Masterclass with Rachel Rosenthal

Rachel Rosenthal has been teaching and refining her original performance techniques for 45 years, beginning the 1950s in Hollywood with her company of performers, INSTANT THEATRE. She has done residencies with various colleges and universities, museums and galleries, artist colonies and companies throughout the US as well as in Canada and Europe. She also teaches regularly at her Espace DbD studio in Los Angeles. Her “Doing by Doing” approach integrates aesthetic, technique and performance theory with active movement and vocal improvisation. Her integrated approach to working recognizes that the human animal is a complex creature encompassing spiritual, political, social, emotional and physical realms. This is a rare opportunity to work with a teacher whose classes have been described by participants as a “mind/body spa.”

This workshop is a ‘master level’ class with limited space. The organizers are pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council in helping to make this workshop possible.