CORPS ET ESPRIT CLOWNESQUE – RENÉ BAZINET (MTL)
Mar. 20 to 31, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (2 weeks, Mon-Fri)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
“I loved this workshop. René knows this community and it is nice. It’s exciting when making comments on each test.”
The workshop will be focused on mime or neutral masque depending on the participants’ skills.
1. Introduction to an in-depth analysis of the workings of the body through Feldenkrais Technique to gain deeper knowledge in how the body works. It also reveals a way of moving with minimal energy (economy of movement).
2. Daily physical training in the style of Jacques Lecoq consisting of exercises for balance, forward momentum, precision in gestural language, different dynamics, also an elaboration on mime training.
3. Work with the Neutral Masque method, starting with the elements and moving towards materials, colours, lights, and animals. The purpose is to let the body become an element, material or animal.
4. Daily work on Clown Entrances in the style of Philippe Gaulier. This will be about stage presence and the psychology of the clown, the way he or she thinks, acts, behaves in front of an audience. I suggest students come with costumes pieces and a red nose. This approach was passed down to me from my Clown-master Philippe Gaulier…which basically means it’s going to be somewhat “personal” for each participant.
Over the past thirty years, René Bazinet‘s talent has served the most famous North American and European theatres. He graced the stages of the Circus Roncalli and Germany’s Wintergarten, as well as those of the Teatro de la Fenice and the prestigious Opéra de Paris. He shined as the master of ceremonies in his numerous clown guises for Just for Laughs and Cirque du Soleil with which he traveled the world. Whether in Hamburg, Montpelier, Montréal or Munich, he is as much at ease as a director or as clown number creator, as he is on stage. The Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Wintergarten, and Cirque du Soleil are but a few of the world-renowned theatre companies upon which he has left his mark. Of late, he directed the clowns called “the Movers” for the Cirque du Soleil production, Zarkana. While his two pieces, Baseball and Western, are still part of the production of Saltimbanco currently touring with Cirque du Soleil, René Bazinet is putting the finishing touches to his upcoming one-man show.
All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.
Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at email@example.com. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.
Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)
Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).
Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.