Workshops

HOW TO BE A STUPID - or
The Clown's Intelligence

Led by Angela de Castro
in association with The Why Not Institute
Mon 6 – Fri 17 January 2014 (break days Sat 11-Sun 12 Jan) 9am - 6pm
£597 for the 10 days
London venue – details will be released to confirmed participants
Email: whynotinstitute@aol.com for more information and a booking form
Early booking is advised as Angela’s courses sell-out very quickly

Back at LIMF by popular demand, renowned clown Angela de Castro teaches her unique full-time, full-on 10 day workshop exploring the state of clown and clown persona development.  An intense, inspiring, challenging and transformatory journey, with laughs and play along the way, this workshop is a rare opportunity to discover the secrets of the clown in a supportive environment.

For beginners and those who just want an experience of personal development, the course will take you on a journey of discovery. For those who are already clowns, this process will help you find truthfulness and depth in your clowning, encompassing the tragic as much as the comic.  

 Angela de Castro has been awarded fellowships by NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship, the Arts Foundation, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is internationally recognised for her research, performing, teaching and promotion of the art of clowning.

Come prepared for challenges and change. Places are strictly limited.

 

CLOWNING IN TRAGEDY AND SERIOUS THEATRE
Led by Angela de Castro
in association with The Why Not Institute
Mon 20 – Fri 24 January 2014 9am - 6pm
London venue – details will be released to confirmed participants
£297 for the 5 days
Email: whynotinstitute@aol.com for more information and a booking form
Early booking is advised as Angela’s courses sell-out very quickly.

Five day, full time workshop for experienced clowns and theatre/performance practitioners who have already completed the 10 day Angela de Castro clown workshop, How To Be A Stupid, and for other very experienced clowns.

This advanced workshop addresses the use of the state of clowning in tragic and serious theatre, exploring themes such as death, betrayal, violence and other serious subjects. The use of the state of clowning in such contexts brings a completely different dynamic in the approach to scene development and character, conception and playing. It offers practitioners tools and choices to enhance their performance and the courage to pursue emotions and situations that are uncomfortable, but nevertheless mirror life as it is.

This workshop has an emphasis on exploring how clown training can prepare actors for performing plays which are not generally regarded as comic but in which the emotional engagement can be heightened by incorporating clowning techniques in training, rehearsal and performance. Central to the work is to incorporate the clown's inherent naivety, bafflement and optimism to intensify the emotions felt by the audience as they watch a hero or heroine moving inexorably towards some catastrophe. What modern clown techniques offer is a whole new way of communicating that vision to the audience.

Angela de Castro has been developing this specific workshop over the last ten years in collaboration with the acting departments of universities in Germany and Scotland. This is the first time it is being offered in London.



BROADEN YOUR MIME
Led by Nola Rae
Fri 10 > Sat 11 Jan, 10am - 5pm
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama,
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3HY
£120
Bookings: www.eventbrite.co.uk

An intensive workshop on how to create textless theatre, paying special attention to articulation, rhythm and quality of movement and gesture.

Learn to move one part of the body at a time for maximum effect. Learn to bounce ideas around. Learn that visual comedy is the art of eliminating the extraneous. Learn that comedy can be a well-timed trip, or just a raised eyebrow and a slow smirk. In this workshop the ‘fourth wall’ disappears, emotions are projected outwards and quirky, ingenious ideas of performance explored. 

For the enthusiastic student, professional or amateur, who is reasonably fit and not afraid to move. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and flexible shoes and bring one juggling ball and a yoga mat or towel for floor work.

Nola Rae trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and with Marcel Marceau in Paris. She has created 10 solo shows and 5 two-person shows to date. Her long performing career has taken her to 68 countries. As a director and subverter of tragedies into comic plays, Nola has adapted works by Shakespeare, Strindberg, Ibsen, Dumas and Bram Stoker among others, winning the Funniest Play of the Year Award in Sweden for her version of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. Lately, she has been working in opera productions as movement director for the tenor and director, Rolando Villazon. 

Nola has performed many times at the London International Mime Festival which she founded with Joseph Seelig in 1977. She was appointed MBE in 2008.

 

PUPPETS AND THE UNSPOKEN SCRIPT WORKSHOP
Led by Mervyn Millar
Sat 25 Jan, 10am – 5pm
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London 
NW3 3HY 

£60
Bookings: www.eventbrite.co.uk

A one-day workshop for performers with an interest in puppetry and physical performance. You should ideally have an interest in or some experience with puppetry, but beginners will certainly benefit.

We will work on developing a sense of how different types of puppet can be read by an audience and achieving clarity in wordless performance - what are the tools and techniques we need to use in puppetry.

Mervyn Millar is the director of Significant Object and a director and designer of puppets. He has worked extensively in puppetry, theatre and opera including a long association with Handspring - (Crow, War Horse, Or You Could Kiss Me). He has directed the puppetry for War Horse in London, New York, Toronto and Berlin and has been part of the creative team from the first workshops. He has written a book about the making of the show, The Horse's Mouth: Staging Morpurgo's War Horse.

 

CREATIVE PRACTICE WORKSHOP
Led by David Glass
Sat 18 Jan, 10am – 5pm
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London 
NW3 3HY
£60
Bookings: www.eventbrite.co.uk

A practical experience of the creative process, led by one of the founding figures of physical theatre in the UK.

The workshop will be valuable for anyone involved in devised theatre wanting to explore the five stages of Creative Process: Preparation, Origination, Organisation, Presentation and Reflection. By going through each stage, participants will gain an understanding of creativity that will inform and enrich their own work. Participants should have some experience of making theatre.

Trained as a dancer and mime, David Glass is a writer, director and teacher. In the 1980s he toured internationally as a soloist, and in the 1990s established the David Glass Ensemble, producing a series of influential and successful shows including Popeye, Les Enfants du Paradis, La Dolce Vita and Gormenghast. In 2000 he began The Lost Child Project to engage with street children in developing countries through the medium of visual theatre, and in which his many collaborators included Amit Lahav, co-founder of Gecko. It was during this time that he formulated the Creative Process.

 

THE POETIC BODY  
Taught by Thomas Prattki, Founder and Director of LISPA, and other members of the LISPA team
Sat 18> Sun 19 Jan 10am > 4pm
London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU
£120 for the two days
Bookings: welcome@lispa.co.uk or call 020 8215 3390
Website: www.lispa.co.uk

This weekend workshop explores the idea of embodiment as a key element in the process of developing original art.  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. Additionally the work will serve to 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. This workshop is designed for those practitioners interested in exploring physical theatre. It also serves as a preparation for the Devising Theatre and Performance workshop.

 

DEVISING THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
Taught by Thomas Prattki, Founder and Director of LISPA, and other members of the LISPA team
Sat 25> Sun 26 Jan 10am > 4pm
London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), 3 Mills Studios, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU
£120 for the two days
Bookings: welcome@lispa.co.uk or call 020 8215 3390
Website: www.lispa.co.uk

The idea of the performer as a creator of her/his own work is no longer a fringe phenomenon, but reflects the broad desire of an entire generation of performers to develop their very own artistic voice and to take creative responsibility in shaping their vision of life. This two-day workshop offers an introduction to both collaborative and individually devised theatre and performance practice. It addresses all performers, dancers, actors, directors and teachers who have a specific interest in the idea of devising original work.

Both LISPA workshops can be booked for £225.

 


 
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