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Due to Storm Sandy damaging the studio we use for our NYC summer workshop, we are talking the opportunity to offer our five day Commedia dell'Arte workshop. In July will be conducting a Creating Original Material workshop. In 2014 we will be return to a three or four week intensive ending in open performances.
- 5 days
Classical Commedia University*
by master teacher:
and to book a workshop with your you school or theater company
contact hours of class time 35 hours.
teachers & artists that work with us
Meggi Sweeney Smith with the New York Baroque Dance Company, teaches acrobatics and dances the Commedia dell'Arte actors performed in Northern Italy in the late 1500's.
Paul Shipper's Grammy Nominee, concentration is on voice production and diction for both speaking and singing, and playing simple instrumental music from the Commedia dell'Arte period using both wind and string instruments. Of course students also discover how to use these instruments as props.
Keith Nelson is cofounder of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, performing world wide. Keith is a master teacher of prop manipulation.
Michela Musolino is an Italian singer, musician and folk dancer. She will be teaching Sicilian and Southern Italian tambourine.
A certificate will be presented to students on the completion of the three weeks intensive workshop.
New York NY
* scenarii, plural for scenario
"Jacque Lecoq told our class close to our graduation day in 1972 "Do not wait for the great part to be written for you, create it yourself." This helped me live as a performer and creator since 1972". Stanley Allan Sherman
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM sometimes 5:00 PM
This lab covers the many techniques, practices and road maps to create your original material and show. This knowledge comes from my teachers, mentors, colleagues, a lot that I have developed, discovered and use.
The goal is to create your own material and ultimately your own show. Creating is hard, then fun, then exhilarating.
Creating Original Material is the next step in performance development. Working though changes with Stanley illuminates a path that can be used again and again. - Michael Getlan
The workshop challenged me to jump-start a project I had been incubating. I was surprised--astonished, really--at how it fell together in the workshop. Before this, I had never imagined myself as able to write for myself. Now I have proven to myself that I can compile a performance from a simple prop and an idea. - Jonathan Slaff
has an amazing eye for developing material, for seeing where the opportunities
lay in a scene; but more importantly, he's able to communicate and inspire
performers to find these opportunities for themselves. The class is
a joy. - R David Robinson
"In a 1970's article I read about a mask maker in Bali that put souls into the masks he made for use in their rituals but not the ones they made to sell. Part of the art of mask making is to be able to put a soul into your mask". Stanley Allan Sherman
Clown Nose making workshop
mask-making classes covers:
& Cloth Meche
is common for student to take their clay sculptures home with them to
work on them.
"After the first theater Metaphysical Mask Lab, I walked out of the studio and all day I saw the world in a deeper more revealing way." - Stanley Allan Sherman
starts with the foot."
Over this last year we have completed two explorations with the Metaphysical mask and have discovered a lot about this powerful mask.
For 5 days we will explore the Neutral with the Metaphysical mask using Metaphysical current and new exercises as well as Jacque Lecoq's, Neutral mask exercises.
Stanley Allan Sherman created a Metaphysical Mask with and for Carlo. A year ago with the help of Peter Kors we found out how Carlo used the Metaphysical Mask. Because of these labs Stanley has exchanged information with others in Europe and the United States that use the Metaphysical Mask, including Ole Brekke that has replace the Neutral mask with the Metaphysical mask at The Commedia School.
These are pioneering investigative labs. This work is quite amazing and helpful with many forms of theater, bringing one to use only the minimal movement that is needed. The Metaphysical Mask gets to the soul of the performer and actor. This is a physical mask movement lab for actor, clowns, directors, dancers and creators.
- Neutral Mask Lab::
The August lab in 2011 with Peter Kors & Stanley Allan Sherman was a big success. Here's a video by Jim Moore "Metaphysical Mask Improv" on his blog http://vaudevisuals.com.
Join the new Metaphysical Mask Connections group on facebook.
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