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 2017

Clown Weekend
Apr 1 & 2

Comprehensive 1
Sep 19 – Dec 5

Clown Weekend
Nov 4 & 5

6-DAY SUMMER INTENSIVES 2017

 

Clown
May 22 – 27

Neutral Mask 1
Jun 19 – 24

Devising Shakespeare
Taught by Dody DiSanto and Alec Wild
July 24 – 29
Class Information, Location & Registration: Celebration Barn Theater in Maine


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS


CLOWN WEEKENDS

APRIL 1 & 2

NOVEMBER 4 & 5


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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COMPREHENSIVE 1

SEPTEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 5
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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6 - DAY SUMMER INTENSIVES

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

  • CLOWN
    6-DAY INTENSIVE

    MAY 22 – 27

    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!

    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.

    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 set loose the true nature of your clown, develop material, build routines and explore how clowns turn idiocy into art form.

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  • NEUTRAL MASK 1
    6-DAY INTENSIVE

    June 19 – 24

    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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  • Devising Shakespeare

    Taught by Dody DiSanto and Alec Wild

    July 24 – 29

    Class Location & Registration: Celebration Barn Theater in Maine

    A collaborative inquiry into crafting a physical theater experience using rich classical text, this workshop calls to those interested in fusing vocal and physical training with dramaturgical inquiry.

    This laboratory will probe how to examine and explore text beneficial to creating physical work. In order to extract the essential elements, we will push, pull, reshape and distill a chosen play. Shakespeare touches the very rhythm and raw material of life, placing all the cues in the text. A perfect ground for dissection.

    Beginning with the roots of classical pantomime and the essential elements extracted from the written work, a physical and vocal language is assembled developing both micro and macro image building techniques.

    The work will take place on a reduced playing area, a concept evolved from the tréteau nu of Jacques Copeau in the early 1900s. Compressing the stage size serves to heighten spatial and ensemble awareness, acting as a framing device. In this style, corporeal strategies adapt to all manner of script interpretation.

    This cooperative training cultivates our physical and collective imagination while delivering inventive tools for storytelling.

    ALEC WILD holds an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of drama, and a B.F.A. in acting from Chicago's Goodman School of Drama. He is currently the Director of the Academy for Classical Acting at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

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