Physical theatre education pilot:
MetaPLATFORM is a new educational concept of Teatteri Metamorfoosi. The idea is to offer the participants the possibility not only to learn the basics but also to dive deeper and to start an artistic project during the long period of the workshop. There will be an encounter with the public at the end of 132 hour learning process.
Depending the year, the theatrical styles, themes and teachers will variate.
MetaPLATFORM is aimed for professionals and students of performing arts who wish to get some boost for their physical expressivity. For some participants the workshop might be the first touch for the physical approach, for some it might be refreshment of the skills and awakening the creativity.
The first MetaPLATFORM is dedicated to theatre clownery. There is no need for previous experience in clown. The teacher and midwife for clowns will be Soile Mäkelä.
The pilot project starts in June 2019.
MetaPLATFORM 2019 will dive in to the core of theatre clownery, where the stories are not only dealing with the bright colours of the life and the clown is born of the personal ridicule of the actor. This long educational project will take the participant to the source of tragicomic humanity, there where all the homo sapiensis, year after year, find themselves stupefied in front of the universal miracles of life.
The process of searching one’s personal clown is not only an individual trip, but always a very intensive group process. The clown does not exist without an audience. In MetaPLATFORM, the group is a test audience for each other during the whole process.
From the point of view of developing as a human being and of course as a clown, it’s interesting how our own idea of what is ridiculous in us is often very different than how the others see us. The clown process is great fun, above all, but it needs also courage! Courage to face your imperfections, accept them, play with them and one day... perhaps love them a bit.
The purpose of the education is not to do therapy sessions with red nose, but to make use of our personal material and transform it to the universal level with acting techniques and meet the audience.
PHASES AND TIMETABLES OF THE EDUCATION
1. SUMMER WORKSHOP (60h)
mon-thu 10-17:00 and fridays 9-16:00 (Including one hour lunch pause each day)
Sat 29.6 and Sun 30.6 are free
MetaPLATFORM starts with two weeks intensive investigation of personal ridicule of each participant and introduction to the group of loveable losers and their endless flops.
Technically speaking, we will learn about our own movement qualities with neutral masks and other physical theatre means from Lecoq-pedagogy and Mario Gonzalez training and mask techniques. After the preparation we will witness the miracle of the birth of the clowns and their holistic ludicrous.
During the second week we will go deeper to personal stories by writing and improvising. From that material we will start to create clown numbers either alone or in small groups.
After the two weeks workshop, the group will get some tasks to prepare for the next meeting.
2. TWO WEEK-END WORKSHOPS IN AUTUMN (30h)
Time: 13.–15.9. and 25.–27.10.2019, Fri 17-20:00, Sat-Sun 10-17:00
During two long week-end workshops we will take further the acting techniques and develop the clown numbers.
3. ONE WEEK REHEARSAL PERIOD BEFORE THE CLOWN SOIREE (42h)
Mon-Sat 10-18:00 (Including 1h lunch pause)
Intensive rehearsal period before the opening night.
4. ENCOUNTER WITH THE PUBLIC/ CLOWN SOIREE
Time: Fri-Sat 29.–30.11.2019 (The exact time will be fixed later)
MetaPLATFORM educational project will be presented in the clown soiree. The participants will present their clown numbers for the public in the form of solo performance or 2-5 person combinations, depending of our creation. Maximum length of each performance will be no longer tht 15-20 min. The theatre technique will remain in very modest level, but we hope to compensate that with depth of the shows and the excellence of the actors ;). Be ready for technical run throughs during the show week. The timetables will be clarified later.
Soile Mäkelä is a theatre teacher, performer and director, who has worked with masks since 1996. She works as a freelancer in various institutes in Finland. In addition she does artistic projects, teaches and leads the education and mask making departments in Teatteri Metamorfoosi which she co-founded in 2005.
Soile graduated from University of the Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy from department of theatre pedagogy in 2008. She studied physical theatre in France and Italy based on pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq 1999-2002. Before that she graduated from Metropolia, Helsinki University of Applied Sciences/ Performing arts as a drama instructor 1999. In addition she has participated numerous mask and clown workshops around Europe ‘cause she likes to put herself in “trouble” and keep on learning all the time. The most significant teachers and inspirations during her clown trip have been Giovanni Fusetti, Mario Gonzalez, Pierre Byland, Philippe Gaulier, and La Famiglia Mäkelä and Z. Giovanzana.
At the moment Soile develops her clown solo project with the artistic grant of Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
Finnish, except if there are non Finnish speakers in the group, then the teaching will be in English.
Early Bird price: 490€ (For those who send their applications by 30.4.2019
Normal price: 690€
Note: The price of the pilot version is cheaper than regular workshops at Metamorfoosi.
Teatteri Metamorfoosi/ Point Fixe
Suvilahdenkatu 10 a 4th floor
00500 Helsinki, Finland
The final presentation venue:
To be confirmed later
APPLICATIONS AND REQUESTS FOR MORE INFO
Please read through the information and timetables well and check out that you can fully commit to the education project.
Send an informal application (including small photo) and cv to Soile Mäkelä (soile(at)metamorfoosi.com) by 15th of May 2019, thank you.
The participants of the workshop will be decided by 31st of May and the info will be sent to all applicants.
Amount of participants: max 14
Do not hesitate to contact the teacher, if you have any questions.
W e l c o m e !
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