Suzuki Classes are each Tuesday from 7:00-8:30pm in the Gym of Lawrence Hall (4833 N Francisco Ave, Chicago)

Drop in as much as you're able, anytime!  Pay what you can!  ($15 suggested)

Join Theatre Y for ongoing physical training sessions aiming to foster community in an 'actor's playground.'    The training is for all who practice 'a beginner's mind.'

Based in the work of Tadashi Suzuki, Shogo Ohta, and Pacific Performance Project/East, this training helps the actor by engaging in body and imagination as one. With influences including Samurai warrior conditioning, modern dance, Alexander technique among many others, the process brings the expansive imagination of the American actor into their full body, starting from the feet.

The practice asks the actor to find stability when thrown off balance, breath when physically challenged, precision, and strength all through the lens of performance. Training utilizes formal sequence or kata, improvisation, music, text, and time.

Aspects of training include formal sequences (katas), Slow Tempo, Ki training, and less structured movement narratives

Dress in clothes to move in, Tabi or durable socks

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Children Invited!

WHEN: The First Saturday of each month @10AM

WHERE: Theatre Y (The Ready 4546 N Western)

LENGTH: 45 minutes

This completely free monthly program will aim to bring children and parents from the Lincoln Square community together for a lively performance that incorporates books, music, and improvisation, followed by food, drink, and conversation with our audience.
Recommended for ages 6 and under but ALL AGES WELCOME! Come play with us!

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Theatre Y has invited the two founding members of Pozorisno Udruzenje Letnji Bioskop - Heni Varga and Denes Debrei - to Chicago again from July 16 to August 16, 2019.   

  • They will perform their duo performance, “Five for two” at Theatre Y

  • They will present a lecture about “body memory” where they will explain their methodology, their way of working, the differences in the systems in Europe, America and Japan, etc…

  • They will teach a month-long theater workshop in Chicago. 


Husband-and-wife choreographers and dancers Dénes Döbrei and Heni Varga—both Serbians of Hungarian descent--founded the Nyári Mozi Theater Community in 1985 in order to unite multiethnic Yugoslavian artists in the Vojvodina region (now part of Serbia), and it has remained focused on bringing different cultures together. Both Mr. Döbrei and Ms. Varga are adept at Lecoq style of physical theater, have trained and worked with Min Tanaka in Japan, and have been long time collaborators with internationally acclaimed artist Josef Nadj. They collaborated as choreographers with Theatre Y in 2013 on our first original work “The Binding."

Dénes Döbrei is a lecturer at the University of Novi Sad Theatre Academy (Serbia) and an instructor at the LEDA Theatre School (Toulouse, France) and Theatre de l’Acte (Toulouse, France). He has served as Artistic Director for the Nyari Mozi Theater Community since 1986. Denes continues to work as choreographer for several Serbian, Slovenian, Bosnian, Hungarian, and Romanian theatre directors, among which Emma, performed at the National Theatre of Subotica (Serbia) – written by Chat Geza and directed by Peter Fekete – won Sterija Prize for the best choreography in Novi Sad (Serbia).


Henrijeta Varga graduated from Jacques Lecoq's International School in Paris and received her diploma for teaching dance in France. She has since trained in Japanese Nô Theatre, Mask and Dance Theatre from Bali, and Dance Theatre from South India (ARTA), Body Weather Work in the Netherlands, and most extensively with Min Tanaka in Japan.

Both Denes and Heni have most notably starred in the long-running critically acclaimed Woyzeck with Josef Nadj' Company in Rennes (France), touring internationally since 1993.

Dénes describes his Body Memory work:
Our objective is to free and use our potentials through discovering/uncovering our body's map, and to develop new language though movement that can eventually become a dance--a preexisting dance from the depth of our cells. This workshop is about researching harmony within opposites. This dance can be full of energy or empty, fast or slow, harmonious or dissonant, etc. The unique qualities of a body's motion or stillness depends on its state while on stage. This state will be made visible as the body transforms the space it occupies, given movement's capacity to express both the past and the future of a given space through the dancer's body. We will focus on the physical state, relaxation and exercises to enhance imagination in the creative process.

Heni describes her work with Duo:
The Duo, in a very large sense, is exploring one's relationship with "The Living" (our body, animal & plant kingdoms, elements of water, air, fire and earth) and "The Non-living" (objects, buildings, mineral world).
"The Hyphen" or the link between our emotions and our thought process, the expression of our personal feelings and analysis of our personal experiences, our situation in time, space and circumstances, our state of mind and our physical dimension...etc.
How do we connect with the OTHER?
Finding ways to MEET an OTHER by discovering, or inventing a language to COMMUNICATE with:
a PERSON, an ANIMAL, a PLANT or TREE, an ELEMENT (we explore on a ONE to ONE basis)
To use senses in different ways, observing how our body-mind-spirit acts and reacts, observing and being conscious of how rich, diverse and emotionally deep we are.
Finding a way to show who and how we are and developing understanding and tolerance through acceptance and through open benevolent reactions to propositions.
Who is the one who initiates, triggers an action, the leader?
Who is the follower, the acolyte ?
Communication born within space and time, action, reaction, and emotions between two entities.
Communication here will put it's emphasis mostly on movement and sound as well as creative installations inspired by environment, emotions, our sense of space.

Photo Credit: Zsofi Szerda