Pacific Performance Project (P3) was founded in 1994 by Robyn Hunt and Steve Pearson in response to an expanding dialogue about culture and theatre, and a need to more fully integrate physical conviction in performance with inner conviction. For the past thirty years movement-based production, drawing on elements of dance, performance art, new vaudeville, circus and other related disciplines, has become more prominent in American theatre, requiring innovative methods of training, rehearsing and performing. Formal styles of Japanese theatre have provided useful training skills for actors in this country and have had a marked influence on the development
of new productions, both avant-garde and mainstream.
Hunt and Pearson began working with noted Japanese director
Tadashi Suzuki and his company in 1982, studying his
theatre techniques and acting in productions in Japan
over the next twelve years. After several years of study
Mr. Suzuki encouraged them to be among the first to teach
his techniques in the United States. This method has become very influential
in contemporary American actor training, receiving considerable attention in American Theatre, The Drama Review, Theatre Forum, The New York Times, and other national publications.
In 1987 Hunt and Pearson saw Shogo Ohta's company, Tenkei, perform his masterwork MIZU NO EKI (The Water Station) in Tokyo. They were struck by the elegant simplicity and extraordinary power of the work. Realizing that the demands of slow tempo complemented the Suzuki training in important ways, Hunt and Pearson began in 2000 working intensively on slow tempo and silence. They studied with Mr. Ohta in Kyoto and were directed by him in a new version of the play, after which he encouraged them to use and expand on his methods. Mr. Ohta passed away in 2007.
Pacific Performance Project/East develops productions which employ a synthesis of the core of Suzuki training, modern dance, slow tempo, circus technique, silent narrative, and a fresh response to Stanislavski's ideas. Additionally, P3/East offers workshops in Physical Approaches to Performance which address the integration of a strong inner conviction with full and powerful conviction in the body, teaching actors, dancers, directors and artists from all over the country.
Pacific Performance Project/East is now based out of Columbia, South Carolina. Most recently, it ran an intensive at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, and will hold one this June in Seattle, from June 10 - 28.
Robyn Hunt: Robyn@sc.edu or Steve Pearson: Jsp@sc.edu
or via mail:
Pacific Performance Project east
University of South Carolina, Department of Theatre and Dance,
Longstreet Theatre Columbia, SC 29208