by Jennifer Marinelli
I was lucky enough to graduate my 12 Week Course experience into an apprenticeship with The Ume Group, which acted as both a solid practicum for the class and also a deep dive into the practice of commedia dell’arte. Commedia was style of performance I had never encountered before, but I now have a huge amount of respect for the art form and its practitioners. I was able to jump in quickly to the devising process for The Lysistrata Project (a blend of Commedia, Butoh and acrobatics) with the help of the core ensemble. This process was one of the things I appreciated most about my apprenticeship: the ability to train side by side with core company members of The Ume Group and to learn from their individual expertise. Because of this, I now feel like I am a more well-rounded and able performer than I was before I began the apprenticeship.
I continue to grow and learn from my peers each week as one of The Ume Group’s newest core company members. I feel honored to be in the presence of such passionate and talented artists, and I look forward to continuing the Ume traditions of learning, love, and bad-ass physical theatre in my course as a company member.
About the Author
With The Ume Group, Jennifer has performed in "EDGED", the Lysistrata Project (Workshop Production), "Lullaby for Madame L" at Triskelion Arts, "Flowers of Affordance" at the UNFIX Festival.
Find out more at JenniferMarinelli.com