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  • WINTER WORKSHOPS ARE HERE!

    Red Nose Clown: A Clown is Born

    Lead Teacher: Kimberley Twiner

     

    HALF FULL - Only 6 places left!

     

    We will find your clown state by working with… YOU. Your body is already wonderfully stupid and we will go hunting to find what is already there and amplify your natural stupidity. This amplification of stupidity will lay the bones of play for your ‘clown form’ or ‘clown mask’.

     

    Our clown journey will be a process of awareness building and attunement of play. There are two key processes of learning in this course 1) discovering your clown form and 2) performance skills training from the Fusetti-Lecoq lineage.

     

    Across the five days we will cover many fundamentals of performing in the clown state such as:

    -The performers eyes, breath and body engagement

    -The technique of the red mask mask

    -Relationship with the audience

    -Personal movement analysis

    -Embodied amplification as your clown mask emerges

    -Finding voice

    -Finding costume

    -Techniques of improvising with self

    -Techniques of improvising in duos

    -The body-logic of how clowns play together

    -How to return to improvised work and do it again

     

    Clown work is mask work. Mask work is embodied play underpinned by a clear foundation of technique. Humans have been putting on masks and telling stories for a very long time. This 5 day course will invite you to find a new clown form, it will become a very clear and urgent mask for comedy, storytelling and anything else it dreams up!

    This course is in line with ‘The Somatic Clown Journey’ a pedagogic process devised and refined by Giovanni Fusetti. Giovanni has been my main teacher since 2017. As a performer I have studied many theatrical styles under his tutelage. As a teacher, I am one of three Australians to have completed ‘An Advanced Training in the Pedagogy of Movement Theatre’ with him in 2019. Alongside Giovanni my practice has been concretized in the Lecoq lineage of mask, mime and movement theatre.

     

    Dates:

    July 1st - 5th

     

    Times:

    9.30am - 5pm each day

     

    Prices:

    Early Bird (Payment due by Jun 1st): $600.00

    Full Price (If paid after Jun 1st): $750.00

    Mob tix: $500.00

     

    A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required upon acceptance into the course.

    Payment plans are available.

     

    Minimum participants: 8

    Maximum participants: 12

    Minimum number of participants must be enrolled by Jun 15th for the workshop to go ahead.


    Location:

    Coburg Uniting Church

     

    APPLICATION LETTER

    Please apply for this course by emailing Kimberley Twiner a letter of motivation. In the letter of motivation please outline what draws you to this work, your experience with physical theatre and performing and any other key motivating desires, hopes or fears. Email your application to ktwiner@gmail.com.

    Bouffon: Play Fuels the Fire

    Has your satirical eye been firing off lately?

     

    HALF FULL! Only 6 places left!

     

    Bouffon is a style of physical comedy that is rooted in satire, parody, grotesque and tragedy. It is created through wild ensemble play, a style of group improvisation called flocking.

     

    Bouffon is a style of theatre that requires larger than life play. It is driven by the madness and absurdity of embodied child-like play. Characters, situations and themes become physically saturated and amplified. The writing of Bouffon typically moves towards the big, complex themes of humanity and injustices. The Bouffons love the shadows of society. They love hypocrisy. We must train the actors' sight to have a sharp eagle eye to SEE-IT-ALL. Then we must train the actor's body to be able to BECOME-IT-ALL. Bouffon is a style that fully embraces the art of shape-shifting.

     

    We will ground ourselves in movement complicity through the technique of flocking. Then we will practice how to make theatrical moments bigger through the technique of amplification. The students will get the opportunity to choose themes to feed to the Bouffons. We will look at what to do when we improvise great work and then want to turn it into something repeatable and performable.

    This workshop will be a great refresher course for previous Bouffoners and will also work as an introduction to the form for people who have not encountered it before.

     

    Come and dance the wild dance of the Bouffons.

     

    This Bouffon course is a pedagogic process devised and refined by Giovanni Fusetti. Giovanni has been my main teacher since 2017. As a performer I have studied many theatrical styles under his tutelage. As a teacher, I am one of three Australians to have completed ‘An Advanced Training in the Pedagogy of Movement Theatre’ with him in 2019. Alongside Giovanni my practice has been concretized in the Lecoq lineage of mask, mime and movement theatre.

     

    Dates:

    July 15th - 19th

    Times:

    9.30am - 5.00pm each day

    1.00pm - 5.00pm (on Fri 19th)

    Prices:

    Early Bird (Payment due by Jun 15th): $600.00

    Full Price (If paid after Jun 15th): $750.00

    Mob tix: $500.00

    A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required upon acceptance into the course.

    Payment plans are available.

     

    Minimum participants: 9

    Maximum participants:12

    Minimum number of participants must be enrolled by July 1st for the workshop to go ahead.

     

    Location:

    Coburg Uniting Church

     

    APPLICATION LETTER

    Please apply for this course by emailing Kimberley Twiner a letter of motivation. In the letter of motivation please outline what draws you to this work, your experience with physical theatre and performing and any other key motivating desires, hopes or fears. Email your application to ktwiner@gmail.com.

     

    As some of you may know I am interested in running a longer term Bouffon creation project. Training in this 5 day module is compulsory to engaging in any longer term Bouffon project I may offer. Stay tuned for more info.

    One Day Workshops

    The Simple Wonderfulness of Physical Theatre Storytelling

    Thurs June 20th, 9.30am - 4.30pm

    A really fun day of story-playing! We will pare it all back and play with physical theatre in all its naive glory. Do we dare to make theatre this 'simple'?

    More info and booking link here.

     

    Directing the Movement

    Thurs June 27th, 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Free yourself of psychology. It's not personal, it’s movement. A vigorous day of interrogating the Director’s role to facilitate action and movement.

    More info and booking link here.

     

    Fixed Point: The Magic of Stillness

    Thurs 11th July, 9.30am - 4.30pm

    If you have not stopped then you have not started. A day of exploring and practicing the technique of articulated stillness.

    More info and booking link here.

     

    The Dramaturgy of Eye Contact

    Thurs 25th July, 9.30am - 4.30pm

    Making the choice to ‘look at the audience’ is a decision made for a reason, but what are those reasons again? We will explore the impact of eye contact on both audience and performer.

    More info and booking link here.

     

    There is no application process for these one day workshops you just book and you're in, all workshops require a minimum of 8 participants in order to go ahead.

     

    All queries can be directed to ktwiner@gmail.com or 0468664466.

    Voice Classes

    Re-discovering your Natural Voice

    Lead teacher: Rob Meldrum

     

    Hurry - only 4 places left!

     

    6 week series
    Location: Brunswick
    Starting Sunday 23rd June and running for 6 following Sundays
    2pm - 4pm

    Enhance your vocal clarity, range and power. Release habitual tensions in your body and enjoy a deeper aliveness, spontaneity and freedom in your voice.

     

    Speaking freely and clearly, with effortless power and emotional connection, feeling rather than listening to your voice. Re-experiencing in short the great freedom and delight we enjoyed as children laughing and playing in the school yard. Voices soaring out of our bodies before the intervention of the censoring mind.

    MORE INFO ABOUT THE CLASS PROCESS AND ROB

     

    BOOK HERE 

     

    There is no application process for this workshop you just book and you're in. Be quick there's only 8 places left.

     

    All queries can be directed to ktwiner@gmail.com or 0468664466.

  • Past Workshops

    Summer 2023/24

    Australia Dell'Arte (2 weeks) - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Clowns Life (2 weeks) - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Winter 2023

    Melodrama: More is More (3 days) - by Kimberley Twiner

    Character: An Embodied Way In (3 days) - by Kimberley Twiner

    Physical Theatre Conditioning: Invigorating the Poetic Body - by Kimberley Twiner

    Mimodynamique Training: Animal Drives - by Kimberley Twiner

    Autumn 2023

    Physical Theatre Conditioning: Invigorating the Poetic Body - by Kimberley Twiner

    Mimodynamique Training: Animal Drives - by Kimberley Twiner

    Summer 2023

    Mimodynamique of The Colours - by Kimberley Twiner

    Bouffon (5 Days) - by Kimberley Twiner

    Summer 2022

    The 20 Movements - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Red Nose Journey - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Neutral Mask in Nature - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Spirit of Commedia dell'Arte - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Winter 2021

    Abbotsford Convent Pivot Residency Project - by Kimberley Twiner

    Autumn 2021

    Bouffon 2 Day Workshop - by Kimberley Twiner

    Clown Play 2 Day Workshop - by Kimberley Twiner

    Flock Fit in the Park Series - by Kimberley Twiner

    Winter 2020

    Outdoor Physical Theatre Conditioning Series - by Kimberley Twiner

    Summer 2020

    From the Neutral Mask to Red Nose - by Giovanni Fusetti

    The Pedagogy of Bouffon - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Bouffon and the Ecstasy of Mocking - by Giovanni Fusetti

    Spring 2020

    Drag 101: Performing Skills - by Kimberley Twiner

    Character Charge Up - by Kimberley Twiner

  • Creative Food

    Resources for the eyes and ears that capture something about the incapturable.

    Books

    Copeau: Texts on Theatre by Jacques Copeau

    The Archetypal Artist by Mary Antonia Wood

    A History of the Dance by Curt Sachs

    Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord

    The Dance Cure by Dr Peter Lovatt

    Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich

    The Poetic Body (also known as The Moving Body) by Jacques Lecoq

    Women Who Run With The Wolves by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    The Empty Space by Peter Brook

    Why Is That So Funny? by John Wright

    True and False by David Mamet

    Every Little Movement by Ted Shawn

    Listenings

    Myths of the Family by James Hillman

    The Creative Fire by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    The Politics of Feeling by James Hillman

    Pagan Psychology by James Hillman

    Pink Madness by James Hillman

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings and ruminations.

    2024年6月14日
    As promised here is the article.   HERE  
    The movement doesn’t mean something, it is something. Mimodynamique training is a type of theatre training that is grounded in one key principle: observe the world then imitate it. It is a pillar of the Lecoq pedagogy of Mask, Mime and Movement Theatre and can create a really liberating state...
    I dare you to make your theatre work radically theatrical. I dare you to return to the roots of this dance. I dare you to stop looking for new ideas. I dare you to play fiercely with old ideas. I dare you to imitate your themes. I dare you to use your body first. I dare you to study...
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