Intensive Acting Workshops (LeCoq) this summer in Barcelona!

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    Marcus Bale

    Dear fellow Actors & Actresses,

    I am helping to organize 3 different Intensive workshops this summer
    in Barcelona based on the work of Jacques LeCoq.

    The teachers are Simon Edwards & Marian Masoliver. They both trained
    with Jacques Le Coq in Paris and worked all around the world as
    performers, directors and drama teachers.

    I have trained with them in the last two years and the quality was so
    high and the workshop so enjoyable, that I started helping them with
    the organization of the workshops because I wanted to get more people
    to know about them and go to train with them. Last year more than 25
    people went to do these workshops from Ireland and the feedback from
    these participants has been fantastic throughout. It was a great

    – What are the different workshops?

    1 – The Creative Actor (18th-31st of July) (including arrival and departure dates)
    2- Acting for Camera (3rd-16th of August) (including arrival and departure dates)
    3- The Clown (20th-31st of August) (including arrival and departure dates)

    Here is some info about each workshop:

    WORKSHOP 1: The Creative Actor (18th-31st of July)

    Inspired by the teachers work with Jacques Lecoq, this essential
    training gives a comprehensive experience and understanding of the art
    of acting. A ‘must do’ workshop for anyone who wants to seriously
    deepen their knowledge of dramatic and comic art.

    The group will be working with carefully developed progressive
    exercises and techniques that release the creative power of the actor,

    – Replay of daily life – by observing the world around, the actor has
    to convey authentic daily life situations and incident (without
    exaggeration or distortion). This work with space, timing and action
    is a vital building block for later performance and creation.

    – Neutral Mask (essential dramatic presence) – this mask allows the
    actor to simplify and modify their own physical habits and
    idiosyncrasies through a series of special improvisational exercises.
    The actor learns to unlearn and uncovers the body’s full dramatic
    potential as a blank page, which later can take on different dramatic
    states and characters.

    – Children (play, energy, imagination, state and innocence) – the
    innate play instinct that we all share is the driving force of
    theatre. Through this liberating work the actor becomes released from
    inhibitions and self-consciousness. Freedom and spontaneity are
    accepted as our natural state. We then start to channel this ability
    into more sophisticated play and games (dramatic and comic creation).

    – Mask Theatre (including mask making) – developing the expressive
    power of the performer with movement, stillness and the dramatic
    attitudes of the Mask. By using masks in training the ability of the
    physical actor becomes greatly increased.

    – Theatre Creation and Performance – Dynamics of a scene, rhythm and
    crescendo. Identifying the motors in the dramatic or comic situation.

    WORKSHOP 2: Acting for Camera: From stage to screen

    This workshop is designed to train the actor in techniques that have
    been developed specifically for film or TV acting. A fine-tuning
    experience that enables the actor to find and give a true performance
    for the camera without distortion or exaggeration.

    The group will be working with:

    • Physical Listening & the Senses.
    • Script Work, Cold Reading & Analysis of Text.
    • Fundamental Techniques for acting for the camera.
    • Character’s Inner Voice.
    • Character through Action.
    • Rehearsing and Taking Direction.
    • Working on Set.
    • Creating your own filmed work.

    This innovative approach is performance led and allows the actor to be
    a fully creative artist and not just an interpreter of text.

    Throughout the workshop participants follow a series of specially
    crafted exercises leading to working in front of the camera (on set).

    During the course an ambience of teamwork is created allowing actors
    to work together in a creative way.

    This workshop is about empowering the actor which has great value for
    the participants and often leads them into professional work in the
    film industry.

    "Coming from a performing background we realized that the actor’s
    power was being overlooked and more often that not was only being used
    as a cog in a machine. Drawing on the training we received in Paris
    from Lecoq (teacher to Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, European actor of
    the year 2000 Sergi Lopez and Steven Berkoff) we took these principals
    of dramatic/comic creation and developed them specifically for the
    techniques of Acting for Camera." Simon Edwards on the ‘Acting for
    Camera’ workshop.

    WORKSHOP 3: The Clown: The Secrets of Comedy and the art of the ridiculous.

    The Clown makes us laugh but how? Some people seem to make us laugh
    just by walking onto the stage but why? A ‘Master class’ in the art
    of Comedy, led by Simon Edwards, teacher to some of today’s leading
    international comic actors.

    Working with each actor’s personal comic presence, we begin to
    understand and develop comic action and timing. We will be working

    1- Comic presence (finding your own Clown)
    2- The smallest mask in the world (the red nose)
    3- Comic action and timing
    4- The flop, fiasco and cascade
    5- Comic relationships (solos, duos and trios)
    6- Numeros (circus, cabaret)
    7- Theatre Clown
    8- Clown on Camera
    9- Comic Creation

    This workshop offers an intensive training and comic creation where
    the actor discovers his or her own personal ridiculousness.

    – Where are these workshops happening?: The Actors Space ( – Vic
    (Barcelona)-). The Actors Space is located in a place of outstanding
    natural beauty, right in the heart of the Catalan countryside only one
    hour from Barcelona. The workshop takes place in a 16th century
    farmhouse, which holds accommodation for up to 20 people. The main
    barn has been converted into a large studio, this is where most of the
    workshop sessions happen (Its a BEAUTIFUL PLACE believe you me!).

    – How much do these workshop cost?: The price of any of these workshops is 650€

    – What does this price include?: The price includes the fees for the
    10-days of training + shared accommodation and all home-made
    Mediterranean meals! (Food is gorgeous!)

    – FOR EACH COURSE THERE ARE 5 AWARD DISCOUNTS. These discounts will be
    given to people with low income (students, unemployed, etc). The award
    discount is of 10% of the course (65€ – Making the cost of the
    workshop: 585€). These discounts are given on a first-come-first-serve

    If you are interested in participating in any of these workshops or
    want more information, please contact me:

    Phone: 086-3173543

    If you know anybody who would be interested in participating in any of
    these workshops, please forward this email to them. Thanks!

    Best wishes,

    Marcus Bale

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