Peter Trotman • The Portal of Twistery


The Portal of Twistery

Saturday 6th of May | 1545-1815


Get swept away by the cyclonic winds of your imagination…

This session will provide an introduction to a useful typology of improvisational scores.  We will play with examples of these scores (maybe even invent new ones as we go) and inquire into their capacity for generating material, opening up our imagination, and finding engaging ways to express and communicate.  There will be a specific focus on ways to enrich the use of language in improvised performance.


Peter Trotman has been described as the black prince of improvisers because the tales he weaves are often darkly gothic and embedded in powerful imaginative landscapes.  His unique physicality is heightened by his graphic verbal abilities and wry wit.  His interest in improvisational performance began with Al Wunder who taught for many years in Melbourne Australia.

He was one of Al’s first students in Australia and was also a member of Theatre of the Ordinary.  1982 saw the beginning of a very fruitful collaboration with Andrew Morrish as ‘Trotman and Morrish’.  Together they performed in Australia and the US to considerable acclaim and this period strongly shaped a lot of his ideas about improvisation, dance, language, and performance.

Through the years, his work has always been improvised, both the choreography and the text emerging in the present moment.  He enjoys working with the notion of revisiting what has previously emerged to find the elements required to give structure, associative depth, and emotional complexity to a performance.



Sunday 7th of May | 20:00

The nagging idea that we can walk away and begin afresh no matter how messy our world has become….


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