The Neutral mask is the principle tool of Lecoq’s actor training which encourages the actor to develop a better control over their body and to foster a state of presence, awareness and calm on stage, being in the space of here and now. As the basis for all theatre masks, the Neutral mask challenges the actor to confront their physical acting habits and to become more receptive, playful, imaginative and open to space and one another. Through the use of the Neutral mask, the students will engage in a variety of individual and group improvisation exercises and will be encouraged to go past their ‘naturalistic’ bodies in order to increase their level of physical acting and play.
***This workshop is a part of the 6 Week Physical Ensemble Storytelling course (on Saturdays 21 April - 26th of May), but can also be attended individually. ***
The program for the 6 week course:
Saturday, 21 April - 1 of 6: The Playful Body: Movement, Reaction, Space
Saturday, 28 April - 2 of 6 The Neutral Mask: Introduction
Saturday, 5 May - 3 of 6: The Neutral Mask: Situations
Saturday, 12 May - 4 of 6: Character Development: Water, Air, Fire, Earth
Saturday, 19 May - 5 of 6:Character Development: Animals
Saturday, 26 May - 6 of 6: From Object to Form: Physical Narrative Development
Prices: £25 (full) £20 (conc and returner) if booked as a single workshop or £110 (full) £90 (conc) £80 for the full 6 week course
Bookings and info: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the facilitator:
Igne is Bristol-based theatre-maker and founder of Bristol Physical Theatre Project. She trained at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and also holds a BA in Drama at UWE in Bristol. Whilst in Paris, Igne has also had an opportunity to train with Peter Brook (International Centre for Theatre Research) and Nina Dipla (Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch). After completing her two – year course at Lecoq, Igne continued her research at Istituto Nazionale del Dramma Antico (INDA) in Syracuse, Italy, where she also worked as a visiting movement teacher for the undergraduate actors’ course (2013-2014). As a performer and theatre-maker Igne has collaborated with The Missing Pieces (Hamilton House, Bristol Old Vic), The Edible Theatre (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Uncut), The Mechanical Animal Coorporation (The Paintworks, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Fringe), Panevezio Dramos Teatras (Lithuania), O&O Ensemble (The Wardrobe, The Lyric Theatre, Theatre N16 Balham, The Shoebox Theatre, Exeter Phoenix). She has recently joined The Breadknives Collective (Paris-London).