Mime & the simple clown: a new workshop series at the j
The j has managed to secure the services of internationally renowned performer, teacher and performing arts guru Tony Kishawi for a new workshop series. Whether attendants are new to acting or have been acting for years, Tony will accommodate all levels of experience. He believes that every actor needs to be taught individually: "I exploit every student's sense of humour, encourage the skills of each of them, whether song, dance or other expression and gently push them to learn the basics like pantomime, mask, mime, clown and puppetry." Hence aspiring young actors will learn how to capture an audiences' attention making them laugh through strong character development and improvisation. Tony goes on: "I work with actors, not directors because to me skillful improvisation is the true essence of theatre. It makes me very proud to see my students getting together and putting on a show without a director telling them how."
Tony Kishawi, is highly regarded as a performer, teacher and director of mask work, mime, clown and physical theatre. Tony's long history of creating solo, community and conceptual performance began in 1975. An original member of Theatre Works in Victoria, he was co-initiator of the Angry Mime at Brisbanes' Powerhouse. As a theatre Director his credits include the Enigma & Carnival of Misrule Mask Events at the famous Woodford Folk Festival and 'Cafe Floriani' a national touring Commedia del arte production. Furthermore he was the Creative Director for the Brisbane Australia Day Parades 2005 and 2006.
After only 6 weeks (with one workshop per week) participants will gain high-end theatre skills and have the great opportunity to perform at the J. Tony Kishawi: "All my work with Community Theatre is the value of going into a community and helping to put on a performance, an event or a parade, that celebrates who they are as a community."
Both workshops run for 6 weeks (starting Tuesday 11 Sep and Wednesday 12 Sep) with 2 hours per week and only cost $100, please ring the j for bookings.
Kim Cross who coordinated this wonderful workshop series sums it up: 'We are thrilled to have a professional artist in residence to bring the colourful and extremely theatrical art form of Commedia dell'arte from its traditional roots in streets of the early Italian Renaissance to the j theatre.'
'Commedia for the Actor' (Tuesdays from 6.30 to 8.30pm)
Tony will provide clear and practical methods to develop every participant's skills.
Through the truthful and vibrant expression of ones imagination participants will learn how to transform themselves and become an independent character.
Most significantly everyone will learn how to sustain the process of improvisation - the cornerstones of true commedia.
'Mime & the Simple Clown' (Wednesdays 6.30 to 8.30pm)
The most basic platform for live performance is the body. Mime gives an awareness of a unique physical presence. The Simple Clown lives of this awareness and does tragedy in its own way. It's funny, whimsical and mostly pathetic. The audiences' heart goes out to the Simple Clown recognizing the innocent failings in ourselves.
For information and bookings please contact the j Phone: 5455 4455