FROM NEUTRAL MASK TO THEATRICAL CLOWN
with Sarah Petersiel and Brendan McMahon.
The neutral mask is an instrument to aid us in discovering the stories we tell with our bodies. It asks us to be physically specific and essentialize our performance in order to fully inhabit each moment. It is a parallel journey with clown work, which requires spontaneity and abandonment to better inhabit the joy of performance. Breath is key; attention to rhythm and punctuation pops laughs; and just as extraneous movement is apparent when wearing a mask, so too is what’s funny (and less funny) when performing clown.
In this four part weekly class, we’ll introduce aspects of neutral mask work and explore its application to theatrical clown through group games, solo and duo exercises, and a supportive atmosphere.
Saturdays 4:30PM – 7:30PM, May 14th, 21st, June 4th, 11th (no class on Memorial day weekend)
CAP 21 Studios in Manhattan
18 W 18th St, Floor 5, Studio 505
New York, NY 10011
$35 per class plus $5 one time registration fee OR $120 for all four classes
SARAH PETERSIEL is Co-Artistic Director of the physical comedy ensemble Under the Table, creating and performing in five company shows that have toured nationally and internationally. Under the Table teaches while touring, conducting workshops and undertaking residences including for: Iowa State University, James Madison University, Alfred University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico City), Teatro Libre (Bogotá, Colombia), the Gladstone Theatre (Ottawa, Canada), and Dankse Hospitalsklovne (Danish Hospital Clowns). Apart from her work with Under the Table, Sarah is a hospital clown with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, interactively performing in pediatric wards and training new hospital clowns. She is also a teaching artist with The New Victory Theater and a graduate of Brown University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
BRENDAN MCMAHON is a Lecoq and Acting Instructor at SUNY Purchase, Long Island University, and the New York Film Academy. He has also taught at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, and the University of Michigan. As a performer, he’s worked at the Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Public Theater, Cherry Lane Theater, with the Mabou Mines, Basil Twist, and many others. As a Director and Movement Director his work was staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Daigu Theater Festival in Daigu South Korea, throughout New York City and Brussels, Belgium, and is most recently featured in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. He is a graduate of Ecole Lassaad, the Lecoq School in Brussels, Belgium, where he studied with Norman Taylor and Lassaad Saidi.