Masterclass Workshops with Theater Grottesco

Theater Grottesco will be offering four distinct workshops in August 2016. Workshops are open to professionals and serious amateurs of all ages, and will be led by Grottesco ensemble members and Guest Instructor J.A. “Dino” Deane. Theater Grottesco’s physical theatre training has been recognized by American Theatre Magazine.

Workshops include:

  • Musical Conduction for Voice and Text ($175, 10 hours total)
  • Discovery of Music ($120, 8 hours total)
  • Baal Mask Constructing and Playing ($240, 16+ hours total)
  • Buffoon ($180, 12 hours total)

Workshops may be taken independently or all together, and tuition discounts are available for multiple classes. For more information and to apply, call (505) 474-8400, email danielle@theatergrottesco.org, or visit theatergrottesco.org.

Extended Workshop with Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders is partnering with Omega Institute for Holistic Studies to offer an extended workshop in clown techniques, July 3-8 at the Omega Institute campus in Rhinebeck, New York. The workshop is intended for interested parties at any level of experience, encouraging “non-performers” to learn how to incorporate elements of clown and therapy via laughter into their homes, communities, and workplaces.

From their website:

Not just the best medicine, but frequently in times of crisis and even times of peace, it’s the most accessible medicine.  Often, it’s the only medicine.  You don’t need a prescription, you don’t need training, you don’t need much to find it if you can simply know where to look—it’s laughter and it’s simple.

It’s how you entice a potential mother-in-law that you might be a good candidate for her daughter’s hand. It’s a way to efficiently release tension when the board meeting is not going so well. It’s a tool that is universal with regards to language. It’s a tool that lays a foundation for connectivity between the heart, the mind and the global community.

We have witnessed laughter at the sites of a suicide bombing in Eastern Turkey—artists performing for children who lost loved ones in that very place. I’ve watched children, dying of Ebola, sit up on bed and laugh and play despite indescribably pain in their joints and severe dehydration. And I’ve watched children in Central Park freeze in a state of wonder and awe as they watch an artist form bubbles the size of the children themselves—and when they pop, shrieks of joy follow. And then their parents smile.

Resilience abounds when the catalyst for laughter is present.

No matter who we are, we have the capability to laugh.  No matter who we are, we have the capability to make others smile.

The cost of the workshop is $425, with proceeds supporting the year-round work of Clowns Without Borders. For more information and to apply, visit dishesatmidnight.com and eomega.org.

Neutral Mask and Clown intensives with Jodi DiSanto

Jodi DiSanto, teaching protégé of Jaques Lecoq, is offering a series of six-day intensive workshops in neutral mask and clown through The Center for Movement Theatre:

  • Neutral Mask 1: June 6-11
  • Neutral Mask 2: June 13-18
  • Clown: August 1-6

All classes are at Academy for Classical Acting, 2129 G Street NW in Washington D.C. Tuition is $600 per workshop, with a $100 registration deposit. For more information and to apply, visit thisisthecenter.com.

Weekend Clown Intensive with Jodi DiSanto

Jodi DiSanto, teaching protégé of Jaques Lecoq, is offering a two-day clown intensive workshop Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at The Center for Movement Theatre in Washington D.C. DiSanto writes:

In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. It is a daring adventure, in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun. The little red nose (the smallest mask) is a great liberator. It requires generosity and summons transparency, revealing us in all of our wonderful and complicated simplicity.

The workshop is open to performers of all levels of experience.

The Center for Movement Theatre is located at 4321 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington D.C. Tuition is $200, with a $50 registration deposit. For more information and to apply, visit thisisthecenter.com.

Pageant Puppetry Workshop in the Italian Alps

Superior Concept Monsters is offering a week-long workshop in pageant puppetry, June 25-July 3, 2016, in the Italian village of Morinesio. Participants from across the world will collaborate with master teachers and local residents to build an event for the seasonal rites of the Solstice and the Feast of San Giovanni Battista.

Master puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will guide participants through all facets of pageant production. Drawing from oral histories, agrarian rituals, folk tales, and the ecology of this hidden corner of Italy, participants will collaborate with local villagers to create a Procession of Lights (evening) and a Midsummer Pageant (daylight). Workshop participants will learn through hands-on experience how to construct and animate giant puppets, pageantry objects, banners, lanterns, and ceremonial architecture. Daily workshop sessions are complimented by trips to nearby medieval churches, cheese kitchens, and other cultural opportunities.

Workshop fee starts at €2290, and includes:

  • Workshop tuition and all tools/materials.
  • Housing with traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily meals prepared from locally grown ingredients.
  • Guided tour of medieval village of Elva, local cheese farm, hair museum, and other areas of interest.
  • Pizza night at local wood-fired oven.
  • Traditional Occitan step-dancing lessons in village piazza.

For more information and to apply, visit superiorconcept.org.

India Theatre Programme with The Drama School, Mumbai

The Drama School, Mumbai is offering a four-week training and creation workshop intensive, July 2-July 31, 2016 in Pondicherry, India. Applications are now open for interested theatre makers, actors, dancers and performance artists.

24 individual practitioners from across the world will be accepted for this immersive residency, seeking to inform and enhance their own personal practice through understanding the principles of performance found in the traditional Indian performance forms Kudiyattam, Terrakoothu, Seraikella Chau, and Kudiyattam drumming. The training will be conducted by nationally-recognized masters of these forms, and guided throughout by the award-winning former Director of The National School of Drama, India’s foremost training institution for the dramatic arts.

The first three weeks of the programme will be dedicated to training in the various forms and understanding the principles that can be taken into contemporary practice, the final week will be a series of guided creation exercises designed to assimilate and apply these studies.

Application deadline: March 15, 2016
Interview process (Skype for international applicants): March/April 2016
Final selections announced: April 15, 2016
Residency: July 2-July 31, 2016

For more information and to apply, visit thedramaschoolmumbai.in.

Play & Games workshop, led by Justine Williams

Justine Williams, faculty member of both Movement Theater Studio and Yale School of Drama, is offering PLAY/\GAMES: a performance workshop. The class will use play and games (clown and le jeu) as a framework for approaching performance texts and creating original material, incorporating the pedagogies of Jacques Lecoq and Paul Walker to “open an exploration of presence, pleasure, and provocation onstage.”

PLAY/\GAMES will be held:

  • Friday, March 4th from 7pm-10pm
  • Saturday, March 5th from 10am–5pm (with a one-hour lunch break)
  • Sunday, March 6th from 10am – 1pm

at Cap21 Studios, 18 West 18th Street in New York City. The cost for the entire workshop is $199. For more information and to register, visit PLAY/\MOUNTAIN’s website at play-mountain.org.