Clown through Mask training, London
7 weekends from September 2011 - March 2012
This groundbreaking course, synthesising Native North American and European clowning traditions, uses the power of masks to guide you towards your clown, becoming both beautiful and ridiculous at once.
Over seven weekends, we explore how the clown can act as mirror to the audience’s humanity, by facing and embodying all aspects of the self through each making six masks.
Starting with simple exercises exploring sound, colour, presence and movement, this transformative method combines the unique personas discovered through the masks with work on how to express these physically, vocally and emotionally in performance.
A powerful, playful and exhilarating journey, the training provides a thorough grounding in the art of clowning, and will be beneficial for any performer or artist wanting to connect more fully with your own creative source - your self. No previous experience of clowning is necessary.
The course is led by Jonathan Young, Artistic Director of Shams, whose own practice has been fundamentally informed by this work. He has taught Clown through Mask several times for the London International Mime Festival since 2007 and also for London Metropolitan University.
Friday 23 - Sun 25 September (starts 6pm Friday evening)
Friday 14 - Sun 16 October (starts 6pm Friday evening)
Sat 12 - Sun 13 November
Sat 10 - Sun 11 December
Sat 14 - Sun 15 January
Sat 11 - 12 February
Sat 10 - 11 March
Saturdays and Sundays will start at 10am and be finished by 6pm, Sundays finish by 5pm. Please note the course is consecutive, so you are strongly advised to be present for all sessions, especially the first two weekends.
Location: to be confirmed - London (Zone 2).
Fee: £675 / £600 concession (full time student/over 60/unemployed)
Fees include all materials.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of £50 if your deposit received before 31 July.
To express your interest, please email Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short letter (not CV) briefly describing yourself, relevant experience and interest in the work. To secure a place, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of £120 (£90 conc).