Andrew Morrish

Winlab Festival 2011
Writing and Improvisation Laboratory | 28 Nov - 2 Dec 2011, 11am-5pm

Andrew Morrish and Crosby McCloy
This workshop will offer an opportunity to research ways in which the practices of writing and improvisation can inspire each other. We will look at how words arise from movement and movement animates texts. We will use different processes to develop, perform and refine our writing. We will shift between movement, speaking and writing to discover new ways of working towards performance.

Do you enjoy language and want to access it from a new angle? Are you willing to move, speak, and write? Language play will be triggered by various creative situations. We will explore language through movement
by activating memory and imagination. Investigate how the power of improvising with words can improve your perception of language and ability to articulate. We will look at elements of space, dynamic, atmosphere and character as ways to elicit movement and writing.

Andrew Morrish Monday Night Improvisation
28 November, 6.30-8.30pm

Solo Performance Improvisation | An evening looking at skills necessary for the generation of content in real time using interaction between breath, movement, voice, imagination and communication.

29 November, 7-8.30pm

Crosby and Andrew will interview each other about their history, practice and current focus in writing and performance.

Friday Night Informal Performance
2 December, 7pm

This evening will be in 3 sections, with each section representing the work of Crosby McCloy, Seke Chimutengwende and Andrew Morrish.

Each has devised a form that involves movement and text work. They will work with ideas and work methods that have been developed in the workshop, and they also feel that they can go beyond these ideas in search of their own artistic interests.


Andrew Morrish began performance improvisational work, part time, with Al Wunder's 'Theatre of the Ordinary' in Melbourne in 1982.
In 1987 he co-founded the improvisational movement theatre duet 'Trotman and Morrish' with Peter Trotman. Together they performed 14 self-funded seasons in Melbourne in addition to numerous other one-off performances (including the Greenmill Dance Festival, Melbourne in 1994, 1995 and 1997). They also performed in the United States, most notably in the New York Improvisation Festival in 1995 and 1997. In 1999 they performed in 'Antistatic' at the Performance Space (Sydney) and in 'Dancers are Space-eaters' at PICA (Perth).
In 2000 he moved to Sydney and based his teaching and solo performance practice at Omeo Dance Studio. In 2002 he relocated his work in Europe and now teaches and performs extensively in France, Nederlands, Germany, Switzerland and the U.K.
He is also often invited to work with individual and small groups of performers to mentor their improvisational development. Artists with whom he has worked in this way include Samir Akika Company, (Munster- dance/theatre), Ulrike Quade (Amsterdam-puppetry), Mischa van Dullerman, Anat Geiger and Klaus Jurgen (Amsterdam-theatre/dance), Antje Pfundner (Hamburg-dance), All Audreys (Hobart-theatre, Jens Biedermann (Lucerne theatre/dance) and Bronja Novac (Goteberg) with Suzanne Martin (Berlin) and Katherine Eriksson(San Francisco) in dance and performance.
He has developed, and continues, long term collaborative relationships with Tony Osborne (improvisation) in Sydney, Crosby McCloy (writing and performance improvisation), Sten Rudstrom (performance improvisation) in Berlin, and Martha Rodezno (improvisation) in Paris.
He has been a Research Associate at University of Huddersfield since February 2006, and was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow in December 2008. In Huddersfield he regularly collaborates with John Britton and Hilary Elliot on a variety of research and performance projects relating to improvisational performance.
In October 2006 he facilitated a research project on improvisation for 14 artists and a team of 4 researchers in 'Precipice' at the Australian Choreographic Centre, Canberra. In collaboration with Peter Trotman and Tony Osborne he also facilitated Precipice in 2007.
In 2008 he facilitated the Huddersfield Improvisation Project (HIP), 3 days of directed reflective practice for experienced improvisers, which led to a research report completed in 2009. (Extracts soon to be published on his site).
He has been a member of Neil Thomas' Urban Dream Capsule, an extended 'live-in' installation in store windows, which initially appeared in the 1996 Melbourne International Arts Festival. Between 1996 and 2006 it ran 14 times in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Oceania.