Red Nose in Spain

 “Sweat it out, Laugh it out” – Weekend Workshop

 Friday 16th September – Sunday 18th 2016

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This weekend was an incredible combination of theatre and physicality, set in a backdrop of paradise. Here we explored the work of the neutral mask and red nose clown, after starting the weekend with an inipi, a traditional sweat lodge.

The inipi

The inipi is a native American tradition of detoxification & recharge, with fire heated basalt rocks heating a small sweat lodge. People come to sweat out and surrender to the heat. You may come to sweat out on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, with prayers and intentions given to the rocks as they are placed in the fire. It is a phenomenal experience.

The Neutral Mask & Red Nose Clown20160917_131147

During the weekend we used the neutral masks to play with presence, posture and breath. Developed by Amletto Sartori & Jacques Lecoq these masks tap into our base humanness, which lies in the heart of our collective experience.

At the other end of the spectrum Red Nose Clown celebrates our uniqueness and individuality. As Giovanni Fusetti, well-known international clown teacher, says “intelligence is limited whilst stupidity is infinite”.

Here is what people thought:

“I loved the workshop – what a wonderful weekend! Unforgettable!”

“Vicky has the ability to awaken your own clown and unfold the phenomenon of the neutral mask. I have never seen anything like it. With her strong skills in posture and movement, in her presence you will be touched by her gentle and unique ability to bring you to presence. It is a deep joyful, lovely, and beautiful experience you will never forget. Originally I thought clowns had to always be happy, always laugh, but you do not have to force any emotion, instead it is far more beautiful and deep. I am awed by the weekend and could not recommend the workshop in red nose and neutral mask more highly. I can’t wait for the next one either in London or Spain!”

 

For myself, I would like to say a very big thank you to Albert & Merce for their support & brilliance, and in sharing the beautiful hills that they call home.