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Lecoq-based workshop: From the Silence of the Neutral Mask to the Poetry of Clowning

This workshop invites participants to take part in the journey from Lecoq’s Neutral Mask to the Red Nose Clown. The first part of the workshop will explore the principles of the Neutral mask. The Neutral mask encourages the actor to develop a better control over their body and to foster a state of presence, awareness and calm on stage. As the basis for all theatre masks, the Neutral mask challenges the actor to confront their physical acting habits and to become more receptive, imaginative and open to space and one another. Through the use of the Neutral mask, the students will engage in a variety of individual and group improvisation exercises and will be encouraged to go past their ‘naturalistic’ bodies in order to increase their level of physical acting and play.

The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to discovering the poetry of one’s individual clown. Reflecting on the material and observations made during the work with the Neutral mask, the students will focus on the identification of their personal clowning narratives and the development of their comic persona through movement, rhythm, attitudes and emotions. This half of the workshop will concentrate on the stimulation of ‘the clown’s state’ - genuine and honest play - in order to shed light on the parts of us which make us funny, ridiculous and beautiful.

Full Price: £55

Concessions: £42 (students, low income, unemployed)

Early Bird (applies until 21st of April): £50, £37 (conc)

Returners: £30

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