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May 16th 10am-3:30pm and 17th 10am-12pm
Ivy Arts Building, The Hive Studio (200g)
2637 27th Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55406
Exploring different aspects of corporeal mime through technique, improvisation and repertoire. This workshop is designed for professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, mimes and performers wishing to give a physical reality to their own ideas. Corporeal Mime, created by Etienne Decroux, is an innovative method and a precise technique focusing on the body and physical action in theatre.
The study of the Corporeal Mime Technique will include the gestural grammar, body articulation, counterweights, walks and displacements in space, Figures of Style, Mobile Statuary, Dynamorythm and the Musicality of Movement. Participants will study extracts from pieces from the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux. this repertoire is not only a challenging and valuable tool in the mastering of a physical theatre expression, but can become a constant source of inspiration for creation. Improvisation will also be part of the program exploring different themes: “How to be” and “What to do” trusting imagination and intuition to develop a corporeal interpretation in solo, duet and ensemble work.
“One of the characteristics of our world is that it is sitting down. Corporeal Mime stands up. It enjoys representing the world, and all those who work with their body… To be in mime is to be a partisan, a partisan of movement in a world sitting down.”
– Etienne Decroux
Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum were the last assistants of Etienne Decroux, and their company Theatre de l’Ange Fou has performed to critical acclaim across Europe, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan, and The Middle East. First founded in Paris in 1984, their company and school have been based in London since 1995 and just recently made the jump across the pond. This is the first time that this depth of training in corporeal mime has been available in the US.
Content of P.E. workshops are determined by the teaching artists and can include a wide variety of styles and methods. Themes proposed by participants and drawn from Live Action Set works-in-progress may also inform content. A portion of P.E. sessions is sometimes devoted to creating material to be shown at informal presentations each month.
All material created is "open source," no one has sole ownership of an artistic idea or creation proposed in the training sessions. Everything is available for others to expand, manipulate, or use in another medium or venue, for the true sharing of knowledge places no limitations on creativity.
Past teaching artists have been
VANESSA VOSKUIL, JIM LICHTSCHEIDL, RYAN UNDERBAKKE, VLADAMIR ROVINSKY, KIMBERLY RICHARDSON, DARIO TANGELSON, LUVERNE SEIFERT, TYLER OLSEN, NOAH BREMER, THOMAS PRATTKI (UK), TOM CORNFORD (UK), RAYE BIRK, CANDACE BARRETT BIRK, AND GERALD MCDERMOTT (CA), JEFF WIRTH (NYC).
The tools for creation are invaluable and Live Action Set is available to share our knowledge with students and performing artists of all levels to help create performances through residencies that take a practical approach to collaboration. We draw upon our diverse backgrounds to offer workshops in ensemble play creation, contact improvisation, clown, treteaux and physical characterization.
Communication is essential to collaboration. Participants learn to build teams and work together as an ensemble as well as learn useful tools for creating performance material while engaging and challenging their skills as artists. We actively research and implement methods of collaboration in our own work because we believe that together we are able to make work we couldn't make alone.
Past residencies have occurred at:
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, ST. BEN'S/ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA, CYPRESS LAKE HIGH SCHOOL