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"Performers ONLY" Find Your Fool with Jonathan Kay - 5 day London Workshop
Fri, 28 Apr 2017, 10:00 – Tue, 2 May 2017, 17:30 BST
Jonathan Kay is a 21st Century Fool.
Jonathan Kay’s work can be a wonderful catalyst for change, knowledge, growth and fun and therefore is relevant to most of us: people on a journey of self discovery; teachers; professional therapists searching for new ways to interact with their patients; other people working within the mental health sector and those of us who feel disconnected from our creativity or inner fool. However, Jonathan Kay is a performer first and foremost therefore we have decided to tailor specific workshops to those working in, or seriously towards a career in, the performance industry.
Jonathan Kay’s “structure” lends itself perfectly (but not exclusively) to performers interested in improvising, street theatre, clowning, interactive theatre, devising, ensemble work, physical theatre and comedy.
These five days will be more focused on the practical discovery and implementation of Jonathan’s work and your fool and how that translates in the professional world. Jonathan brings a wealth of experience and insight into the human condition as well as a storehouse of tangible tools, games and exercises to entice you out of the audience of your life (your own head) and be truly present and truthful in your job as a performer.
There are groups in Cork and Berlin who are working on performances alongside Jonathan. Jonathan is keen to discover professional performers who wish to train thoroughly in his work to then begin a touring company under his guidance.
Having spent over 30 years developing and teaching his structure of Fooling, Jonathan is an adept master at this work. He will cajole, caress and crack open The Fool residing deep within all of us. He will take you gently by the hand and lead you into a discovery of your inner world.
“Jonathan is one of the very best teachers I’ve worked with. What I learn with him causes me to change in ways I didn’t know I needed to, and breaks down the barrier between “me” and “life” so that I have frequent access to the ecstatic experience of disappearing completely into a blissful oneness with everything.”
In this five day workshop, Jonathan will be entering into some of seven levels of the structure of Fooling. It is a more in depth version of the popular ‘Getting Out Of The Audience’ weekend workshops where you ‘dip your toes into the water’ and find out what it means to Fool on a stage. The structure provides tools and a direct means of opening to these transformative qualities that The Fool can offer us.
This way of theatre is specific to the art of improvised performance using the Fool archetype, because you could say that only a Fool would get up out of the audience, into a space with no props, set design or script and start to perform a play.
This is a fantastic chance to experience a taste of various levels of the structure at a level the weekend workshops do not allow. All of the workshops depend on the participants, and how much they are willing to give.
Some of the areas that will be covered are outlined below.
‘Look-See –Be-Fly’ allows you to work directly with the emotional landscape we all have in us to discover through short Scenarios, how to use the Stage area to weave a performance.
‘Playing in the Archetypal World’ lets you enter an added dimension that has been lost to traditional theatre, but is used to great effect in improvisation to develop and give depth to the unfolding play.
‘Flip, Twist, Fly’ deals with an increased awareness of how to Flip or change into a different voice, action, persona or to be in a particular place on the stage. Twisting is about being able to be flexible emotionally, mentally and physically.
‘Repertory Company’ is the part of the Structure that offers you an insight into your own travelling repertory company. Who are the personalities that live in you?!
‘Transitions, Play, A play, The Play’ refers to the different places in the performance space where the improvisation can take place.
‘Tableaux, Blob & Twin’ A tableaux is the movement of the performers into a ‘picture’ on the stage, whether this is static or moving. Blobbing is a way of moving in one space together, being as one organism, learning to listen to yourself, each other and space. The Twin effect is about discovering and uncovering your Twin, the part of you might deny, but who is always there beside you.
‘Create or Be Created’ To learn to create is a great gift to give oneself in the performance space. To Create implies power and a sense of self empowerment whereas to be Created gives the opposite effect and is at it sounds.
What is the refund policy?
You can get a full refund if there are over 4 weeks (28 full days) until the course. You can get 50% refund if there is more than 2 weeks (14 full days). If you cancel with less than 14 full days then sadly you cannot get a refund but we might be able to transfer your place to another course.