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MTS – Summer Physical Theater Institute and New Online Classes!

What Covid-19 Means for MTS This Summer!

2020 marks the ten year anniversary of Movement Theater Studio’s world-renowned month-long Summer Physical Theater Institute. Hosted by CUNY Brooklyn College’s Theater Department on the grounds of their beautiful campus deep in the heart of Brooklyn the four-week intensive and such one-week workshops as Clown, Character Mask, The Ensemble Director and of course Norman Taylor’s transformative master classes have attracted almost 3,000 students from across the globe during this last decade. We are very proud of that! And despite the setbacks of this year’s Covid-19 pandemic, MTS remains committed to providing the highest level of physical acting training to its students – both new and returning.

To that end, we have both pushed back our 2020 summer offerings and shortened the length of the full-time intensive. We’re lucky enough to have the same world-class faculty and with a lengthened teaching day we will be able to cover almost as much as before. SO! Below you will see a start date of July 20th (which we believe best positions us to ensure we will be free of social distancing rules and limits on public assembly) and we’ve significantly cut prices in acknowledgment of the particular hardship brought upon the artistic community. Of course, the city may still not be open-for-business and we may not be able to run these courses. But we are planning on it – and signing up those who might NEED a place to get creative at that point more than ever! Lastly, I would like to thank all of the many who have trained with us this past decade – who have brought their talent, dedication, and fun into the room. These are punishing times for the creative soul but I believe that like the Phoenix from the ashes the curiosity of the artist will prevail and thrive – no matter what the foe. See below and…..

COME JOIN US!

Richard Crawford, Director MTS


in association with
BROOKLYN COLLEGE

TWO-WEEK INTENSIVE
July 20th – July 31st, 9 am – 6 pm
The first comprehensive Lecoq based training program in New York.  Focusing on the Actor as Creator, the 2020 Summer Physical Theater Intensive at MTS is based on key elements of the Lecoq pedagogy, including Le jeu, Clown, Neutral Mask and Lecoq’s 20 Movements in approaching the creation of original and physically told narratives.  Faculty include Richard Crawford (Actor War Horse, Clown Director Cirque Du Soleil), Adrienne Kapstein (War Horse, Broadway), Yuval Boim (LISPA), and Virginia Scott (FizGig Studio).


ONE WEEK WORKSHOPS




RICHARD CRAWFORD
CHARACTER MASK
July 20th – 24th
A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater; using full-faced Larval and Expressive masks with MTS founder/director Richard Crawford


VIRGINIA SCOTT

CLOWN 1
July 27th – 31st
It’s your big chance to seek the source of your comic nature, connect to your playful spirit, and discover your clown! Virginia Scott – Discovering the Clown


RICHARD CRAWFORD

LECOQ 101
AUG 3rd – 7th
A dynamic and playful weekend workshop exploring the fundamentals of mask play and the creation of mask theater; using full-faced Larval and Expressive masks with MTS founder/director Richard Crawford


VIRGINIA SCOTT
CLOWN 2
AUG 3rd – 7th
Pre-requisite: Clown 1.  Now let’s make some funny stuff to show the audience! The clowns develop material unique to them and each student walks away with 5 minutes of individual material!

NOTE: update on May 6th: if these summer classes can’t run because of extended gathering restrictions we will move everything online.

For additional information regarding the Summer Workshops Click Here!


ALSO – 6 dynamic online classes beginning May 18th.

Shadow Puppetry: Silhouettes in my Bedroom

Stories in Sound

Lecoq’s Twenty Movements: Adventures in (a tiny) Space

Mask Making/Play

The Ensemble Director

Physical Comedy

  Click Here for Information


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The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny!

March 6th thru the 9th @Cafe Istanbul, NOLA

James Taylor: First in Half the World (A Spiel on the Peale)

Kick off the 2020 Hoot with a brand new talk by James Taylor about the oldest museum in the country. “America’s sideshow historian,” James Taylor, talks on the Peale’s history and legacy, one that highlights institutions from the Smithsonian to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! to dime museums and carnival midway shows.

Friday – March 6th

6:00pm – James Taylor: First in Half the World (A Spiel on the Peale)
9:00pm (8:15pm VIP Pre Show) The Innovators Show hosted by The Monsters of Schlock

It’s the opening night of the 2020 Southern Sideshow Hootenanny! Come out for a night of innovative sideshow and variety entertainment.

Featuring:
Betsy Propane
Nathan McScary


Jared Janssen
Emma D’Lemma


Dante El Dante Dante
Janie Slash


Lunival Lousion
Chatty TheMime
Salem

Saturday – March 7th
11:00 m – 5:00pm Workshops
9:00pm (8:15pm VIP Pre Show) The All-Stars and Living Legends Show hosted by Reggie Bügmüncher

Showcasing some of the best and brightest in sideshow and hosted by the one and only Reggie Bügmüncher!!
Featuring:
Jack Dagger
Juliette Electrique


Thom Wall


Sansa Asylum


Louie Foxx
Sam Aquatic
Kali von Wunderkammer

Plus our Lifetime Achievement Award Presentations at Kathleen Kotcher and Rob Huston.

VIP Pre Show by Lunatic Fringe Sideshow

VIP Seating for the VIP only pre-show at 8pm
GA Doors at 8:45pm
Show starts at 9:00pm

Sunday – March 8th

11:00am – 1:00pm – Networking and Awards Brunch
1:30pm – 4:00pm – Get your act videotaped!
4:30pm – Dick Zigun Special Talk

Dick Zigun, Mayor of Coney Island, joins us to talk about how Coney keeps sideshow ALIVE! and infecting the rest of the country with a love for the strange and unusual.


7:00pm (6:15 pm VIP Pre Show) Troupe Night

VIP showcase Performances by: Geoff With A G & Skabz The Clown

Main Show Performances by:
Cheeky Monkey Sideshow
The Brides Pixiegrit Circus Sideshow
The Stolen Stitches


10:00pm Hoot Afterparty Location TBD

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Puppet Series 55 @LaMamaEtc _ Sept 24th – Nov 6th, 2016

LaMama Etc Puppet Series
LaMama Etc Puppet Series beginning Sept 24th thru Nov.6th,2016 
(Pictured here is Kevin Augustine in The Lone Wolf Tribe’s “The God Projekt”. Photograph ©2016 Jim R Moore )

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For more information and/or tickets go here!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Carlos Garcia Estevez – ‘Manifesto Poetico’

UPDATE!

SPATIAL DRAMATURGY – SUMMER WORKSHOP LABORATORY in Paris

Summer Workshop Laboratory directed by Carlos García Estévez with

laboratory assistants Paige Allerton, Paulo Serantes and Olmo Hidalgo.

From 23 to 27 of July at the School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris

For More information about this Laboratory.

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Manifesto Poetico - Carlos Garcia Estevez

Carlos Garcia EstevezManifesto Poetico 

Carlos is an international stage director, actor and theatre researcher. For 20 years he has been traveling the world to develop and explore new theatrical languages, influenced by the study of human movement and its society.

He works in partnership with Paige Allerton, content creator, dramaturge and Editor of Carlos’s Research. And he is supported by an artistic team composed by Paulo Serantes,Pascale Lecoq, David McDonald and Ammar Keshodia.

Carlos was born in Madrid in 1976. He belongs to the generation of Spanish Transition after Franco’s dictatorial regime. He comes from a family of migrants originally from Granada (south of Spain). His father José is a self-taught prestigious Chef, and his mother Angeles is a craftswoman.

At the age of 20 years old he left Spain to join Jacques Lecoq’ School in Paris. He studied with Jacques Lecoq for three years. Nowadays he is an associate artist at the Laboratoire d´Etude de Mouvement (L.E.M.) at the School of Jacques Lecoq.

 

During his time with Lecoq, Carlos encountered Donato Sartori in Italy.  Then in 2003, he became Donato Sartori´s pedagogical assistant and collaborator. By the hand of Sartori he began to explore the architecture of gestures and the anthropology of the mask.

After the school he went back to Madrid for a year to create his theatre company (Teatro Punto 1998-2011). There he became specialized in the dramaturgy and acting technique of Contemporary Commedia dell´Arte. At the same time, he joined Teatro de La Abadia as pedagogical coordinator, under the direction of José Luis Gómez.

After a Teatro Punto’s tour in Ireland, Carlos decided to establish his research in Galway for 3 years. These years would be a fundamental period for Carlos’ work where he developed his research together with artists and theatre activists Miquel Barceló and Judith Higgins.

Carlos’ research incorporated different artistic disciplines (music, architecture, painting, dance…) and science (anthropology, philosophy, physics, geometry…) He also embraced multi-cultural influences sharing his time between more than 20 countries performing, directing, teaching and researching.

In 2011 he created the International Laboratory of Theatre Research – Manifesto Poetico, hosting his research, performances and productions. With Manifesto Poetic Carlos started a consolidation of his own signature theatre expanding his research of masks to a greater concept of the mask on the space, not only the body. With Manifesto Poetico Carlos’ work reaches into a wider variety of theatrical territories and styles.

His Laboratory leads him to the development of new theatrical languages where the body and the space are the base of storytelling and emotional communication.

Theatres and cultural institutions around the world invite him and his artistic team to research, perform and create new work (New York, Bogota, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Amsterdam…).

His work and own productions are strongly connected to popular tradition, dramaturgy of comedy and sociology.

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For more information about Carlos Garcia Estevez and his Manifesto Poetico go here

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Vaudevisuals interview with Paul Rajeckas and Neil Intraub – TheatreMoves

 

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I met Paul and Neil in 1986 when they were ready to promote their new show “Brotherly Love”. I worked with them in the studio to create some photographs (one posted above)  and we struck up a friendship that has lasted many years. I have much respect for their perseverance and discipline. This interview shows their wonderful personalities and dedication to their work.

For more information about TheatreMoves go here!

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1974 International Mime Festival in LaCrosse, Wisconsin

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Noel Parenti in the role of “Star Ranger” performs at international gathering of mime artists at Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. (©2016 Bill Ray)

 

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The LaCrosse festival was a ‘highlight’ in the ever growing interest in mime and movement arts. The list of performer/teachers at this festival follows:

Dimitri from Switzerland; Menagerie Mime Theatre from San Francisco; Mamako from Tokyo; Noel Parenti from San Francisco; Peter Franklin-White with members of the Elmhurst Ballet School from Surrey, England; Ladislav Fialka and hisTheatre on the Balustrade from Prague; Carlo Mazzone-Clementi from California; Antonin Hodek also from California; Lotte Goslar and her Pantomime Circus from New York; Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell from San Francisco; the Charles Weidman Dance Company from New York; Yass Hakoshima from Japan; Ctibor Turba from Prague; Samuel Avital from Israel and Colorado; Mummenschanz from Switzerland; Geoffrey Buckley from England; The Friends Roadshow from Michigan; and Pierre Byland and Philippe Gaulier, from Switzerland and France.

For a good read about what this festival was about check out John Towsen’s blog ALL FALL DOWN.

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Red Bull Theater presents – 2 Day Clowning Workshop

2 Day Clown Workshop

 

Spend two intensive, fun-filled days exploring the world of clowning in this ridiculously fun and surprisingly profound workshop. With instruction by master clown teachers, you’ll unlock your sense of abandon and expressivity, as well as your unique sense of humor – with big ramifications for your general acting technique and your classical comedy work.
Discover unadulterated joy in your craft!

Manhattan Theater Club
311 West 43rd St, 8th floor
New York, NY 10036
For more information go here!
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