The center for movement theatre provides training for the ‘actor-creator’. It is appropriate for both the serious beginner and the experienced actor. The work embodies a dynamic and physical approach to acting and is strongly based on the work of master teacher Jacques Lecoq. It is the search for a theatre of creation, exploring the relationship between life and art, for those who wish to gain more insight into their abilities as actors, directors and writers. Using the body to find essential gesture, action and expression, participants discover and develop their own art. The body recognizes and can represent everything that moves...it is the prime element in the journey from life to the theatre.

Classes Instructed by Dody DiSanto.

Dody was trained in Paris, holding an esteemed position as a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq whose teachings she carries on at the Center for Movement Theatre. She is currently on the faculties of the Academy for Classical Acting for the Shakespeare Theatre at the George Washington University and at The Catholic University of America teaching neutral mask and clown; and has served as a recent guest teacher at Cirque du Soleil and The Yale School of Drama.

LISTING OF CLASSES FOR 2016

Comprehensive 1
Feb 2 – April 19

Clown Weekend
Feb 27 & 28

Clown Weekend
Apr 23 & 24

Art of Collaboration
Sep 20 – Dec 6

Clown Weekend
Sep 24 & 25

Clown Weekend
Nov 12 & 13

Clown Classes at Baltimore Theatre Project
Nov 15 & 16

6-DAY SUMMER INTENSIVES

 

Neutral Mask 1
Jun 6 – 11

Neutral Mask 2
Jun 13 – 18

Clown
Aug 1 – 6


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


COMPREHENSIVE 1

FEBRUARY 2 - APRIL 19
TUESDAYS 7 PM - 10 PM (12 classes)

Tuition: $600; Deposit due with registration*: $100

Class Location: The Center – DC

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Course open to all levels. This class is the foundation for all classes at the center for movement theatre

The Comprehensive 1 Program will cover the entire thrust of the Neutral Mask work including all supporting structures: dynamic studies, movement analysis, element identifications and ensemble creation.

Using the Neutral Mask, this class will follow an in depth inquiry into the state of neutrality as a vehicle for expression and as a foundation and point of reference for building all character.

The neutral mask is a tool, addressing the inherent dynamic wisdom of the body as a vehicle to find freedom, awareness and expression in performance.

Working with the idea of spatial awareness, the mask is used to eliminate superfluous action and to distill movement down to essential rhythms.

When we say neutral, we mean ready.

The neutral mask is indeed a full-face mask that you wear through a series of exercises. The mask urges you to expand your presence while encouraging clarity of movement and a greater command of stillness.

It pushes us to our growing edge, guides us into a dialogue with our habits and arrives at the truth through essential gesture.

Working with THE NEUTRAL MASK will:

  • broaden your play
  • heighten your spatial awareness
  • free your body to respond without the control of the mind
  • support and develop your physical abilities

There are 3 masks:
the one we think we are,
the one we really are,
and the one we hold in common.

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CLOWN WEEKENDS

FEBRUARY 27 & 28

APRIL 23 & 24

SEPTEMBER 24 & 25

NOVEMBER 12 & 13


SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10 AM – 5 PM both days

Tuition: $200; Deposit due with registration*: $50

Class Location: The Center - DC

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In Clown, we embark on the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. It is a daring adventure, in which we open our fragile hearts in search of fun. The little red nose (the smallest mask) is a great liberator. It requires generosity and summons transparency, revealing us in all of our wonderful and complicated simplicity.

A riotous inquiry… a playful encounter…a look at our laughable & lovable selves.

We love clowns because they make us laugh while revealing the range of mythical and emotional archetypes within each one of us. The honesty and openness we find in clown will inhabit all of our work. Open to all levels.

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ART OF COLLABORATION

SEPTEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 6 (12 WEEKS)


TUESDAY NIGHTS 7 PM – 10 PM

Tuition: $600; Deposit due with registration*: $100

Class Location: The Center - DC

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This class is intended for those who wish to cultivate skills to create work collaboratively. We will work from the roots of classical pantomime and progress to a fast-paced style of gestural language that develops both micro and macro image building. Working on a reduced playing area, the techniques will be applied to collaborative storytelling through the adaptation of myths, fables and movies. Working without props, using only movement and sound, this strong ensemble training will develop your physical and creative imagination while delivering the spatial awareness of how to tell a story in inventive new ways. It is helpful to have taken the Comp 1 program, but many folks have started off with this class.

The class will culminate in an invited showing.

A minimum of 10 required for the class to go forward, so gather your comrades!

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CLOWN CLASSES IN BALTIMORE

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15, 7 PM – 10 PM; $35 with a $15 deposit

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16, 10 AM – 5 PM; $75 with a $25 deposit

TAKE BOTH CLASSES FOR $100 with a $35 deposit

Class Location: Baltimore Theatre Project

Deposits are due with registration*

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Hey Baltimore! I'm finally coming up to teach classes — thanks to David London for the space while he is mounting his show.

Very excited to bring the high rascalry up there to you.

Please join me in the messy adventure of clown - the wondrous journey to rediscover innocence and uncover the pleasure of play. Where we shine the light on foolishness in pursuit of the soft brain and open physical hilarity of fun. This work helps in all aspects of life, but truly brings a fresh muscularity to the task of performing any material.

Tuesday evenings 3 hour workshop will open a door into the clown world with exercises that loosen your grip in order to mine for what is unique about you.

Wednesday will be a full days workout of both individual and group exercises to establish the comic clown presence of availability.

Participants are encouraged to take both days.

Jump in - there is space for you!

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6 - DAY SUMMER INTENSIVES

Tuition:
1 class: $600
2 classes: $1050
3 classes: $1500
Deposits due with registration*: $100/class

  • NEUTRAL MASK 1
    6-DAY INTENSIVE

    June 6 – 11

    MONDAY – SATURDAY 10AM – 5PM

    Tuition: $600
    Deposit*: $100 due with Registration

    Class Location: DC – Academy for Classical Acting 2129 G St, NW

    Instructor: Dody DiSanto

    Register/Reserve Now!

    This immersion format is designed to cover all the structures of the neutral mask training. Generating energy, size and presence, the mask work guides us to eliminate habitual patterns, encouraging clarity of movement and a greater command of stillness. For more details, see the description for the Comprehensive 1 Program.

    Open to all levels.

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  • NEUTRAL MASK 2
    6-DAY INTENSIVE

    June 13 – 18

    MONDAY – SATURDAY 10AM – 5PM

    Tuition: $600
    Deposit*: $100 due with Registration

    Class Location: DC – Academy for Classical Acting 2129 G St, NW

    Instructor: Dody DiSanto

    Register/Reserve Now!

    This course is intended for those who have taken either Comprehensive 1 or the 6-day neutral mask intensive.

    Instigating the curious, inspired and virtuosic performer, we delve further into dynamic studies using movement as the primary language. Working in creative collaboration with music, poetry, passions and materials, we extract the dynamic elements from these forms, discovering a diversity of gestural nuance and applying this process to the art of acting.

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  • CLOWN
    6-DAY INTENSIVE

    AUGUST 1 – 6

    MONDAY – SATURDAY 10 am – 5pm

    Tuition: $600
    Deposit*: $100 due with Registration

    Class Location: DC - Academy for Classical Acting 2129 G St, NW

    Instructor: Dody DiSanto

    Register/Reserve Now!

    Intended for those who have already taken some clown and seek further adventures in search of high rascalry!

    During this concentrated week we will work in various size groups to develop material, build routines and explore how clowns turn idiocy into art form. We will open the doors for an informal showing on the last day.

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