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Finding Complicite´ w/ Kristine Landon-Smith & Fabio Motta 

The pleasure to play with your scene partner and the audience

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Course Overview

This unique workshop forensically examines what the actor needs to do in order to ‘play well’ on stage at every moment, whether in scene or monologue, in rehearsal, performance or audition. It will reveal to the actor how to stay present and connected not only with a scene partner but also with the audience. Kristine Landon-Smith and Fabio Motta will take you through a series of games, improvisations, text and clown exercises that will increase an actor’s sensitivity and awareness on how to experience the pleasure to play well on stage.
Games for the theatre have become an integral component in most theatre training establishments throughout the world, used not only in the rehearsal process but also as a way of preparing the actor to be creative. This methodology, strongly influenced by Philippe Gaulier’s flagship course “Le Jeu”, places the actor at the centre of the rehearsal room process, and gives them the confidence to play through themselves in any text or genre. A central part of the study is about learning complicité (effortless connectivity and collaboration between actors and also audience).
The work is based around the principle of bringing one’s authentic self to the stage. The actor is at the heart of the practice, and Kristine and Fabio work with each individual in the collective to encourage a deeper sense of self in both text and clown work.
No previous clown training required. This class is open to all who are curious to play and explore, from actors, to directors and all creatives.

Course Outline

The course is divided into two sessions. The morning session – where Kristine leads and takes actors through a series of complicité games, improvisation and text work. The afternoon session – where Fabio will lead actors through a series of presence and clown exercises. Both tutors are present all day and together they enlighten students on how clown and text work interconnects. These two disciplines are inseparable and are able to feed greatly from each other.

The breakdown of sessions is as follows; 

  • Games : learning complicité in games
  • Improvisation : holding the openness and complicité with each other found in games and threading this through to improvisation
  • Text work : monologues and scene work – holding the open complicité found in games and improvisations and threading this through to text work
  • Utilising the above work effortlessly in clown work to extend one’s understanding of how to forge a complicité with the audience
  • Giving an understanding of how theatrical clown work is an integral part of actor training and how what is learnt through clown work can be applied in scene work

Course Outcomes

This course will give you a deeper awareness and sense of yourself, and show you how to bring this to the stage. You will gain greater freedom and confidence as you learn how to play well on the stage with ease at any given moment.

Students Outcomes:

  • A sense of self and the importance of you and your unique self in any work
  • Effortless easy playing
  • Establishing excellent complicité with scene partners
  • Establishing excellent complicité with an audience
  • Forensic understanding of what it is to play well on stage
  • A process which will lead to an easing of any nerves or anxieties when performing

Session Details

When: 3 x Full Days

Dates: Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th August, 2019

Time: 10am – 5pm each day

Venue: 18 City Rd, Chippendale, NSW 2008

Participants: 16 Maximum

Price: $560.00 incl GST (10% off for Hub Members)

Session Details

Payment Information

How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.

About Kristine Landon-Smith

Kristine Landon-Smith is a theatre practitioner and educator. She has recently returned to the UK after a three year posting as Senior Lecturer in Acting at The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Australia. She joined the institution in 2013, after more than 22 years as a Founder member and Artistic Director of Tamasha, one of Britain’s leading middle scale touring companies specialising in artist training, new writing and intracultural theatre practice. Prior to founding Tamasha, Kristine was a Senior Producer for BBC Radio Drama. She currently freelances as a teacher and director in the UK and Australia.

Her practice encourages the actor to “play” well and at all times (with or without text), while nurturing the individual personality and spirit of the performer. Working closely with the actor’s cultural context and language in particular plays a large part in her practice.
Kristine has been hugely influenced by her former tutor and mentor, the French master of clown and bouffon Philippe Gaulier, and has frequently taught on the Greek Tragedy, Chekhov and Shakespeare courses at his Paris-based institute, L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier.

About Fabio Motta

Fabio Motta is an actor and clown who had the fortune of performing and devising theatre in Australia, Italy and the United states. Most recently he played Judge Brack in Hotel Now’s adaptation of Hedda Gabler: ‘Her father’s daughter‘ at the Stonnigton City Council. He also played Benedick in Melbourne’s Shakespeare’s Company production of Much Ado. Other notable credits include; Three Sisters (New York Theatre Workshop), My Uncle Chekhov directed by Aleksey Burago (West End Theatre) and Pal Joey directed by Robert McQueen (HB Studios). He has toured Australia with Polka Theatre’s ‘Charlie and Lola Best Bestest play’ and Extremely New Play performing at the Sydney Opera House. He was a conservatory company member at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Garrison, New York) performing in repertory in; Measure for Measure, As you like it and the devised clown show So Please You. His TV and film work includes Carla Cametti PD, Canal Road, Ronny Chang International student, Utopia season 4 and Hating Alison Ashley. He trained at the Accademia Teatrale Veneta (Italy) in Commedia Dell’Arte, a graduate of HB studio in New York, 16th Street Actors Studio and studied with clown master Philippe Gaulier and Giovanni Fusetti.

Fabio teaches clowning, commedia dell’arte, theatre as play (Le Jeu) and is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® . He apprenticed and taught under Zack Fines at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in Clowning and Games. He has ran workshops at NYU, HB studio, the Ume Group (Physical Theatre Ensemble New York) and in Melbourne runs The Clowning Workshop with Fabio Motta. He has also taught at16th Street Acting Studio, St. Martin’s Youth Theatre and The National Theatre Drama school.

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Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to courses@thehubstudio.com.au or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

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