led by Matteo Destro
SAN MINIATO - Italy
18-24 August 2022
The chorus and the clown are two masks.
The first is the mask of the collectivity and the second is the mask of the uniqueness of the individual.
The chorus and the clown leads us on a delicate and poetic journey, from sharing what we have in common as human beings to the unconditional acceptance of our limits, and the disarming and touching comedy of putting it all into play.
Starting from very different almost opposite forms they complement and nourish each other in the actors research and training.
This intensive course is an opportunity to explore theatre pedagogy based on the ATELIER Mask Movement Theatre and the research of Matteo Destro.
It is open to actors, directors, playwrights, theater teachers and anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of Mask and Physical, Movement Based Theatre.
THE PROGRAM OF THE COURSE
Presence and neutral space
The breath and the collective body
Structure, dynamic architecture, flow and the choral gesture
From the chorus space comes the appearance of the clown
The clown state as an expressive source for the actor
From the clown state to the clown mask
The universal space of the chorus
To be part of this mask means to become part of the others, and to allow others to become part of us. Choral awareness helps us become conscious of our movement patterns, offering us the possibility to transform them in service of the movement of the group. It guides us towards symbiosis with directions in space and time. It allows us to experience becoming these directions themselves, and through movement to transcend them.
Choral work puts us back in touch with our connection to society, to the cosmos and to the "senso tragico"
It is a return to the roots of theater.
The appearance of the different
It is in the breaking points of this sense of universal belonging, between the folds of it's movements, and rhythmic cracks of it's flow. It is there that the fragility of the elements that compose it are revealed. If we pause to observe, we begin to persive glimpses of the small nuances created by the individual totally immersed in the collective flow.
The red nose
At this point on the path of research comes the help of the red nose. Jacques Lecoq called it the smallest mask in the world. This simple and basic theatrical instrument allows us to highlight everything that plays out of tune. It permits the manifestation and gives authority to a totally honest world that appears to be inadequate and which is supposed to not exist.
The conscious exploration of this world shifts its boundaries beyond the deepest uniqueness of the individual, to the point of making him embrace the poetics of the fragility of the humane being in the relation to everything that surrounds him. An individual world extremely sensitive and comic a the same time, which happens in the instant, which exists only in sharing everything and always. An elementary world that does not define itself but that mirrors who is defining it as idiotic, ridiculous, stupid, and childish. The clown appears to be inadequate in the eyes of the observing public, but in itself is the pure reason of existence that brings us back with tenderness, entering from the other side, and giving meaning to the universal greatness of the collective body.
The workshop will be taught in English. Work sessions can be translated in French, Italian and Spanish.
18-24 August 2022
10am - 5pm
Class will be held in the
Via Guicciardini Francesco 21
San Miniato (Tuscany - Italy)
A non-refundable deposit of €200 is due upon acceptance, to confirm your intention to participate, with the balance of €350 due the first day before starting.
For those who also partecipates in "The Theater Mask" the total cost of the two workshops is 850 € .
If the course does not start for any reason due to the organization, such as the non-reaching of the minimum number of participants, the advance will be returned
NUMBER OF PARTECIPANTS
min 8 - max 10
for all information and for enrolment please contact
The registration deadline is 30th of June.
The price of tuition does not include housing. Students are responsible for their own accommodations, but Atelier can refer students to nearby available housing.
The rules in force in Italy during the period that the course will take place will be applied