parallax background

Workshops

puppet2017-image4
Cinema – PUPPET
9 Jan - 3 Feb
Angela Castro
Why Not Institute
9 - 20 Jan:
How to be a Stupid
23 - 27 Jan:
How to be Even More
of a Stupid


Nola Rae
16 Jan
Introduction to Mime

Stephen Mottram
17 - 18 Jan
The Logic of Movement

Rachael Savage
Vamos Theatre
19 Jan
Revealing the Mask

Thomas Prattki
Lispa Berlin
21 - 22 Jan
The Poetic Body

Gavin Glover
Co-founder of Faulty Optic
24 - 26 Jan
Micro Cinema Theatre

Guillaume Pigé
Theatre Re
30 Jan - 3 Feb
Changing the Heartbeat
The 2017 Workshops have now ended

Angela de Castro

Angela de Castro

WHY NOT INSTITUTE

HOW TO BE A STUPID:
The Clown’s Intelligence

Angela de Castro's 10-day Clowning Workshop
Mon 9 - Fri 20 Jan 9am - 6pm
(not Sat 14 & Sun 15 Jan)
£750
Venue: In London (details will be given to participants)
Email whynotinstitute@aol.com for more information and an application form

‘Clowning offers to the theatre practitioner an immense spectrum of new possibilities, a freedom that we can’t find in any other art form’.
Clowning is an art of courage and discipline; not a technique but a state that needs to be explored fully. This course offers 10 days of serious and enjoyable work aimed at developing the clown’s intelligence, and the confidence to use and apply this unlimited power of imagination in any creative or performance context.
Come prepared for challenges and change. It is a rare opportunity to work with a theatre practitioner who for over 30 years has been seriously dedicated to research into, and use of, clowning, in all aspects of performance. This is a safe space to work, with expert guidance through de Castro’s methodology for each participant’s individual journey of development as a performer. It creates a supportive world in which participants can joyfully make mistakes - with a great deal of laughter and play along the way.
For clowns (beginners and experienced), actors, directors, dancers, writers and artists in any field - as well as all those interested in the development of creative intelligence.

.........................................................................

Angela de Castro

WHY NOT INSTITUTE

HOW TO BE EVEN MORE OF A STUPID:
Advanced Exercises for Experienced Clowns

Angela de Castro's 5-day Advanced Clowning Workshop
Mon 23 - Fri 27 Jan 9am - 6pm
£400
Venue: In London (details will be given to participants)
Email whynotinstitute@aol.com for more information and an application form

The state of clown is like a muscle that needs to be exercised; the more practice and training a performer has, the stronger the results. Through the advanced exercises in this course, experienced clowns, and actors who use clowning in their work, can stretch themselves to improve their 'clown-fitness' and make them better prepared to deal with even more challenging clown scenarios. Designed for experienced performers who take stupidity very, very seriously.
De Castro's structured approach focuses specifically on the areas that are most challenging for the professional performer. By focusing on imagination, playfulness and the pleasure to be present, every section of the workshop has real practical lessons that can be applied to the clown's existing performances and help structure the development of new ones.
Angela de Castro is internationally recognised as a Master Clown teacher, performer and director. She has extensively toured in her own shows, notably her seminal work The Gift, as well as in other productions, including the Olivier Award-winning Slava's Snowshow, in which she created the Green Clown.

.........................................................................

Nola Rae

Nola Rae
INTRODUCTION TO MIME

A workshop suitable for anyone wishing to learn the basics of mime technique.
Led by Nola Rae
Mon 16 Jan
(10.30am - 5.30pm)
Southbank Centre
£70
WORKSHOP NOW FULL

Mimes are the cartoonists of theatre, illustrating ideas in as few moves as possible. Making the invisible visible, mime is the international art of imagination and storytelling. Principle techniques are articulation (moving one part of the body at a time) and fixed point. Nola Rae will guide you through fascinating techniques that can make a performer truly memorable.

Trained at the Royal Ballet School and with Marcel Marceau, Nola Rae MBE is one of Europe's most celebrated visual performers. She formed the London Mime Theatre in 1976 and has taken her shows to 68 countries to date.

.........................................................................

Stephen Mottram

Stephen Mottram
THE LOGIC OF MOVEMENT

A 2-day workshop for professional puppeteers, dancers, mimes and animators about movement and manipulation.
Led by Stephen Mottram
Tue 17 - Wed 18 Jan
(10am - 4pm)
Southbank Centre
£120
Book now through Southbank Centre

We all continually read movement information in the world around us, usually without knowing how we do it. We judge the speed of cars on the road; see where other people are looking; know when someone is happy or sad – sometimes exactly what they are thinking - and can recognise our friends and relatives simply by the way they walk. We identify living things by tiny details of their movement and know what sort of behaviour to expect of inanimate objects which also move.
Our astonishing ability to understand the significance of moving things lies deep in our animal past and this workshop will help performers to understand how information is contained in movement and why this helps us make magical theatre.

.........................................................................

Vamos Theatre

Rachael Savage, Vamos Theatre
REVEALING THE MASK:
A Workshop in Full Mask Theatre

Led by Rachael Savage
Thur 19 Jan
(10.30am - 5pm)
Southbank Centre
£70
WORKSHOP NOW FULL

Vamos Theatre, the UK’s leading full mask theatre company, offers a one-day workshop introducing participants to this exciting and unusual theatre style. Full mask uses no speech, is based on physical clarity and precision, and involves techniques that are useful not only to performers but to directors, teachers, business people and others.
Led by Vamos artistic director, Rachael Savage, this workshop will focus on understanding non-verbal communication, physical theatre skills, devising scenes, and the techniques that make full mask performance effective. Elements of story from Vamos’s current national touring production, The Best Thing, will form the backbone of the workshop.
Suitable for all (16+), Vamos’ workshops are always fun, relaxed, highly participatory, and are carefully structured to nurture confidence in everyone taking part. No previous experience with masks necessary.

.........................................................................

Vamos Theatre

Thomas Prattki, LISPA BERLIN
THE POETIC BODY

Led by Thomas Prattki
Sat 21 Jan (12 noon - 6pm)
Sun 22 Jan (10am - 2pm) Jacksons Lane
£120 for the two days
Booking: welcome@lispa.co.uk

This weekend workshop explores the idea of embodiment as a key element in the process of developing original work. Through use of the Neutral Mask, a cornerstone of LISPA’s teaching philosophy, participants are invited to make links between movement and emotion, life and art, the physical body and the poetic body.
Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the essential dynamic forces within any art form, their vital function in the construction of artistic work, and how to apply them to dramatic creation.
Thomas Prattki is Founder and Director of LISPA Berlin, which moved its full time training program from London to Berlin in 2016.
This workshop is designed for those practitioners interested in exploring physical and devised theatre - visit lispa.co.uk for more details.

.........................................................................

Gavin Glover

Gavin Glover, co-founder of Faulty Optic
MICRO CINEMA THEATRE

Video camera and performance workshop
Led by Gavin Glover
Tue 24 - Thu 26 Jan
(Tue & Wed 10am - 6pm, Thu 10am - 5pm)
Southbank Centre
£225
Book through Southbank Centre

By using video and cctv cameras, projectors and simple technology, participants will explore objects, puppets and the human body to discover a new type of cinema. Combining these discoveries with the more traditional forms of performance, we will create Micro Cinema Theatre.
During this three-day, practical workshop participants will use a multitude of objects and materials, constructing environments to film, and improvise performance. We will explore hidden movements and unlock tiny details that are normally lost in a theatre space. We will play with scale, focus, light, sound and music, and explore 2 and 3 dimensional worlds. Some objects have more metaphor and meaning than others, so we will try to discover which materials work best for the story we want to tell. Participants will be asked to bring specific items to the workshop
This course is suitable for professional puppeteers, actors, musicians, film-makers, film animators, writers and directors.
A co-founder of internationally famous puppet company Faulty Optic, Gavin Glover is an established independent puppeteer, maker, teacher and consultant to theatre and opera companies worldwide.

.........................................................................

Guillaume Pigé

Guillaume Pigé, Theatre Re
CHANGING THE HEARTBEAT

Led by Guillaume Pigé
Mon 30 Jan - Fri 3 Feb 10am-5pm
Shoreditch Town Hall
£250
WORKSHOP NOW FULL

In this five-day workshop, designed for professional and pre-professional performers, participants will immerse themselves in Theatre Re’s vital approach to Corporeal Mime and explore the ability to change and transform.
Following the work of Etienne Decroux and his successors, participants will discover how to follow an impulse and how to give thoughts and emotions a physical and theatrical form, structure and rhythm.
Guillaume is an actor, director, mime and magician. He formed Theatre Re in 2009 and is an Associate Teacher at R.A.D.A. He is regularly invited to give workshops in the UK and internationally. Apart from directing and performing in all Theatre Re’s productions to date, Guillaume worked as a Movement Director with Andrew Visnevski, Sue Dunderdale and Bill Gaskill.