TRAINING SCHEDULE

Here are the different possibilities to train at the White Church Theatre Project and Theatre de l’Ange Fou Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum

How to enroll:

Please print and fill in the application form for the White Church Theatre Project, and send it to us with your deposit.

ONGOING FULLTIME TRAINING PROGRAM:

October to December 2018 - March to June 2019
Schedule: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 2pm, personal practice in The White Church Theatre space: 2pm to 3pm

This intensive full time training is designed for the professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, mimes and performers wishing to give a physical reality to their own ideas. Corporeal Mime, created by Etienne Decroux, is an innovative method and precise technique focussing on the body and physical action in the theatre.

For more information on the curriculum, please refer to The Training page.

Everyone is welcome; no auditions are required. One may follow the ongoing training program for any length of time.

The Fees (Ongoing Training):
4 weeks - $700.
1 week - $195.
1 day - $60.

WORKSHOP in Madison, Wisconsin hosted by The Broom Street Theatre

December 1, 2018

An intensive 3 hours workshop in Corporeal Mime: including technique and repertoire of Corporeal Mime

A full immersion in this innovative art form created by the French Theatre Master Etienne Decroux to explore a theatrical expression based on physical action, body articulation, displacements in space, and musicality of movement.

For more information about schedule, fees, location please contact The Broom Street Theatre in Madison Wisconsin, and Suzan Kurry: suzan@bstonline.org
The Workshop will be taught by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum.

WORKSHOP in Europe, Sligo Ireland, hosted by The Blue Raincoat Company

January 21 to January 25, 2019

The Art of Movement Theatre, a Spontaneous language and an elaborate craft.

This study will include gestural grammar, body articulation, counterweights, walks and displacement in space, figures of style, mobile statuary, and musicality of movement. Extracts of the repertoire of Etienne Decroux will be taught during the workshop to fully experience this unique modern mythology of movement theatre. Participants will also explore the infinite possibilities of drawing from this repertoire to create personal work.

For more information about fees and enrolment please contact the Blue Raincoat Company in Sligo Ireland: johngcarty11@gmail.com Principal Actor of The Blue Raincoat Company
niall.henry@me.co Director of The Blue Raincoat Company
The Workshop will be taught by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP in Chicago:

“The Art of Modern Movement Theatre":
A Spontaneous Language, an Elaborate Craft:
The Thinking Body Part 1

Saturday May 26, 2018: 11am to 5pm
Sunday May 27, 2018: 3pm to 9pm
2019 dates available soon.

This study will include gestural grammar, body articulation, counterweights, walks and displacement in space, figures of style, mobile statuary, and musicality of movement. Extracts of the repertoire of Etienne Decroux will be taught during the workshop to fully experience this unique modern mythology of movement theatre. Participants will also explore the infinite possibilities of drawing from this repertoire to create personal work.

For information about location, fees and enrolment please contact:
Scott Merchant at scottraymerchant@gmail.com

A Spontaneous Language, an Elaborate Craft:
The Thinking Body Part 2

Saturday September 15, 2018: 11am to 5pm
Sunday September 16, 2018: 11am to 5pm
2019 dates available soon.

A foundation Certificate Course.

“The Thinking Body” Part 2 is designed for participants who have already followed “The Thinking Body Part 1 in March 2017 or May 2018”, and wish continue to improve their knowledge in the technique and repertoire of Corporeal Mime created by the French Theatre Master Etienne Decroux. Professional, Pre-professional actors, dancers, mimes and performers  will work towards a foundation certificate course in Corporeal Mime by successfully completing 3 intensive training session throughout 2018 and 2019.

Participants will study, pieces such as The Factory, The Touch, The Carpenter, The Washerwoman... The apprenticeship of this repertoire is a challenging and valuable tool for any performer wishing to give a physical reality to their own ideas. Participants of The Thinking Body Part 2 will also work on devising material using the creative process called “The Reverse Metaphor”`: trusting the action to progressively devise a play, a process allowing space for imagination and intuition. Corporeal Mime is a tool that allows the practitioner to portray human behavior from its most practical aspect to its more abstract and spiritual ones.

Theory and History of Corporeal Mime, discussion  about Etienne Decroux’s legacy,  and the creative process of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou  will also be part of this certificate foundation course.  Participants of The Thinking Body Part 2 will present their repertoire and devised work in front of an invited audience to finalize their foundation course.

For information about location, fees and enrolment please contact:
Scott Merchant at scottraymerchant@gmail.com


INTENSIVE SUMMER SCHOOL 2019:

2019 dates available soon
Price: $690

The summer school session will focus on the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux: “A Modern Mythology” and the “Poetic Dramaturgy in Corporeal Mime”.

Participants will study pieces chosen from the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux such as The Factory, The Trees, The Touch, The Carpenter, The Washerwoman, The Chair of the Absent One, The Prophet, Love Duet in the Park St. Cloud, A Woman like a Bird, The Meditation, The Combat, The Cunning Spirit, The Morning, The Statue, Love Duet II, The Passage of Man on Earth... and from the post modern repertoire pieces such as The Chair, The Newspaper, As I Remember, The Lost Angel…The apprenticeship of this repertoire is not only a challenging and valuable tool in the mastering of a physical theatre expression, but can become a constant source of inspiration for creation. In the history of mime, the pieces of Etienne Decroux stand unique as a sort of modern mythology of movement theatre from which performers and teachers may draw a theatrical dynamism and method for the creation of personal work.

During the summer session the training will approach the notion of a contemporary mime dramaturgy. The creative process in Corporeal Mime is called by Etienne Decroux, “La Metaphor a l’Envers” (the Reverse Metaphor): trusting the action to progressively devise a play. This process allows space for intuition and imagination. Different poetic texts will be used as the starting point to devise creative material. Technique and repertoire of corporeal mime will be the backbone of this exploration in composition. Participants will learn to establish a dialogue between the re pertoire and their own devised material.

The creative work of the summer session will be presented in front of an invited audience. The performance composition will be devised around different themes or poetic texts. Lectures, archival viewing, discussions on Etienne Decroux and on the world of the Theatre de l'Ange Fou will be part of the summer school intensive.

Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum combine the experience of having been students and assistants of Etienne Decroux and having taught, directed and developed Corporeal Mime for more than 35 years.

A pdf of The White Church THEATRE Project brochure is available here to download.

How to enroll:

Please print and fill in the application form for the White Church THEATRE Project, and send it to us with your deposit.

PRIVATE CLASSES

Private classes in all subjects related to corporeal mime (technique, improvisation, repertoire, composition…) are available. If you are interested, please contact us.

VISITORS

We welcome members of the public to visit and observe any training sessions.

Commitment
All of our programs are flexible, and we will do our best to consider every individual need.

Where is the White Church THEATRE Project taking place?
Wyoming Valley Church,
6348 State Road 23
Spring Green, Wisconsin
53588 USA

(5 miles south of Spring Green off Highway 23).

Accommodation:
Please contact the Spring Green and Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce for Motel, Bed and Breakfast, and camping facilities:
www.springgreen.com (link opens a new page)
www.dodgeville.com (link opens a new page)

Alternatively we can put you in contact with people wishing to rent rooms during the Summer School period.

Closest Airports:
The closest major airports are in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. For further information please refer to the links below:

From Chicago O'Hare Airport, the Van Galder Bus has an hourly service to 800 University Av. Madison, WI: http://www.coachusa.com/vangalder
(Look under Scheduled Services > O'Hare Airport for details, departure times, ticket prices and to buy tickets online.)

From Mitchell Airport, Milwaukee, the Badger Bus runs roughly every two hours or so to; 700 University Av. Madison, WI: www.badgerbus.com/tickets/schedule.aspx
(Select Mitchell Airport as the departure point and Madison Area, UW Madison - Chazen Museum as the arrival point for details.)

if you need transportation from Madison to Spring Green, a car can be arranged to pick you up at the Madison bus stop.