Playing with the Invisible - A Course in Mime
Please note: Info provided by the Event Organiser
Classes with Les are ideal for performers (whether professional or not), including actors, dancers, comedy performers, magicians, puppeteers, street entertainers, singers … in fact, ANY curious person wishing to extend their range of skills.
Les uses the Gaulier’s method, The Game (Le Jeu) to FUN-FILL the mime through the enjoyment of playing, inviting you to become reacquainted with your inner child.
You will be encouraged to discover your own strengths using mime (influenced by some other practices) to create believable illusions, and to develop your instinctive clown and acting skills to bolster your characterisations.
If you come to one of our courses, little by little, weekly improvisations will create a freedom of expression within you, that you'll find popping up in the rest of your life.
Our course will cover all of the following, our workshops will vary on content:
Weight a minute
How to shift your weight to create effort through pushing and pulling.
Using your weight placement to become a victim - being pushed and pulled.
Your attitude to the above conditions – the play and philosophy of struggle.
Isolation (but not that kind)
To create believable illusions through awareness of the articulation of your body’s joints.
States of tension in the body creating resistance – the key to illusions!
Classic Mime Illusions
You will learn these illusions as stepping-stones to your own creations.
These will include robotics, slow motion, stairs, leaning, surfaces, walls, doors, glass, elevators, escalators, driving, eating, slow motion, walks on-the-spot, ropes, ladders, marionettes and puppets, sitting, reading, animals, sports, hobbies and of course, the ‘moonwalk’ among many others...
Introductions and class discussion about what everyone would like to get from the course.
We will discuss the benefits and limitations of playing in the Zoom-environment.
We will be encouraging you to work together in pairs and small groups later in the course, and in this session we will be identifying who shares the same size space with similar lighting for possible groupings.
FIT TO MIME
Weekly exercises to prepare the raw material – YOU.
Mime techniques for small and large muscle sets are practised focussing on the details which ensure CLARITY.
These will be regular exercises to create a ‘muscle memory’ to support one’s mime and comic/dramatic scenes.
Improving your on-stage presence through your standing posture, awareness of the audience and developing a sense of play.
Your confidence will increase through coordination, timing and moving in different rhythms.
That’s just it … being open and listening ….watching… not judging.
USE OF MIME
A weekly creation spot where the day’s exercises are put into context in a scene or story.
Here some volunteers will create short scenes via Zoom breakout rooms.
Comments and input from all encouraged and welcomed in a supportive environment.
A 10 minute warm up of the body using mime techniques to create illusions.
Spins and turns of the body in space.
The importance of curves and graceful movements.
Gestures and gesticulation.
Style and stylization.
Minimising (is magic).
Embodying your thoughts.
Embodying your Feelings.
Exploring and clarifying the emotional and mental process of mime.
Intelligence – the variations of your capacity for logic and its application in devising and improvisation.
Clown – how fun is your mime?
Music – used to support and even create emotional landscapes in which to play.
How the influence and embodiment of Earth, Air, Fire and Water influences your character.
Developing of your Narrative.
What story do you want to tell?
Taking the elements further to draw upon the nature of all materials in the physical world.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
A brilliant visual comedian whose CV includes cabaret at the Crazy Horse in Paris, as well as appearences in Werner Herzog's Variete and three Harry Potter Films. 'He's a showman, mime, clown and high-spirited entertainer whose routines will leave you breathless. Les is a phenomenon to be experienced'- Arumdo Summer Weekender. 'Dynamic and explosively funny'- Time Out.
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