Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca

Artist Residency

12 July – 21 December 2021

Interdisciplinary physical theatre company Lingua Franca is currently working at Belco Arts as a part of the Rhizome Residency program. Over the next 5 months, the group will explore and strengthen their physical performance practice and develop the visibility of, capacity for and participation in physical theatre performance culture in Canberra.

Physical Theatre Masterclasses

with Lingua Franca


Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

As part of their Rhizome Residency, Lingua Franca will be throwing open the training room doors to the wider ACT physical performance community. Aimed at professional artists working in contemporary performance making, Lingua Franca will share their approach to physical performance in these monthly workshops and create a space for actors, dancers, acrobats and performers to train and share their work.

Each session will explore a different part of Lingua Franca’s process: physical theatre training, combining the voice and the body, devising methodologies for physical performance, and approaches to multidisciplinary practice. As well as this, participants will be invited to share any of their own work, empowering a deeper conversation about the making of new work.

About Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca is an interdisciplinary performance company creating alert and visceral performance, originally from Bathurst, regional NSW. Lingua Franca was founded in 2012 by artists Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien. After creating work separately, they began a collaboration integrating their skills, performance training, and creative processes, leading to imagining original physical and theatrical work.

Informed by text-based theatre, contemporary dance, verbatim theatre and physical methodologies, Lingua Franca engages with regionally-based professional artists to create excellent performance work. They are guided by multidisciplinary collaboration to create urgent and provocative performance driven by the values of rigour, inquisitiveness, candour and adventure.

Learn more about Lingua Franca at:

Rhizome Performance Residency Program

Our Rhizome residencies aim to generate collaborative partnerships that support artists and their original practice. This program generates unique opportunities to undertake activities that explore the Rhizome or root system of humanity. Resident artists can choose to interpret this in various ways, including an exploration of heritage, place in the world, or links to community.

Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

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