Miyazaki’s Kingdom

The human world can be a dark place. Can also be simple and uplifting. In fact, nothing is ever black or white. We go through everyday life looking for moments of magic. What if we switch it, and look for everyday moments in a magical world?

This poetic, sensitive and emotional place is Japanese director Miyazaki’s kingdom. A story where magic is real and reality is magic.

Gael Doorneweerd-Perry directs this format based on a strong pedagogic and progressive content, going step by step through the improv skills necessary to bring on stage the feeling of watching an actual movie from Hayao Miyazaki (physicality, playing with music, kaleidoscopal narration, cinematographic staging, etc.) and through the structure of the format itself.

The direction can end into a show of 45mn with Gael as sound improviser. The ideal duration of preparation is 25h on a 5 days intensive workshop and showcase.

Director: Gael Doorneweerd-Perry

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Momenta 19 - Leipzig

Video from the Momenta festival 2019 in Leipzig (Germany), show with the Miyazaki’s Kingdom format. Performed by the main cast of the festival.

Thank you Gael for an absolutely fantastic week, we would totally do it again, and we are really looking forward the Miyazaki week 2.0!

Annina Fey & Simone Zbinden

Participants Intensive 2019, Das Buttär (Zürich - Swiss)

Gael makes sure that everybody is safe enough to learn and experiment with new ways of improvising, building characters and stories.

Cindy Pittens

Participant Intensive 2019, Independant (The Netherlands)

I had never heard of Miyazaki before and still thoroughly enjoyed the workshop! You will create a beautiful scenery to unlock your fantasy.

Sandra Schurink

Participant Intensive 2019, TVA (Amsterdam - The Netherlands)