The Kinetic Connection Immersive Workshop at Castleton (April 1-6)
An in-person immersive workshop for actors, mimes, storytellers, variety artists, teachers, speakers, movers, shakers, and dreamers.
Workshop Fee: $1,200 - $10 Application Fee. Balance is due upon your application being accepted.
Registration and Application are due by March 20, 2024.
WORKSHOP FEE FOR THE WEEK INCLUDES:
- Daily Classes, evening forums, final performance
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Semi-private housing with a fully stocked, diet-aware kitchen.
- Access to Castleton Meadows Spa
- Retreat of 500 acres to hike, meditate, and muse upon.
Leland Faulkner has been teaching, directing, and performing for a generation. His career has spanned theater, circus, and film. In this workshop, you will explore techniques for creating performances that impact audiences. A protege of Tony Montanaro and the founder of Celebration Barn Theatre, Leland shares an approach that will imbue your performance with authenticity, skill, and inspiration. This lab shares the techniques that Leland has gathered over a thirty-year career as a director, mime, actor, filmmaker, magician, and storyteller. The format is open and flexible but generally covers the following:
- Mastering Movement By starting at the beginning, performers will see how to use space to take advantage of blocking and choreography. Learn to express with physical eloquence with the vocabulary of mime.
- The Laws of Gesture and Kinetic Acting We will explore the how, where, when, and what to move. This workshop teaches how to use movement techniques to become understood, authentic, and believable. Here you will delve into the amazing work of Delsarte and the science of gesture. This practical and applied movement methodology is an advanced knowledge base that every performer should understand. Understanding gesture and the psychology of blocking provides the performing artist with character development, clarity of mind, committed spirit, physical eloquence, and mastery of space.
- Acting, Premise, and the Vector Explore how physicality can make your performances pop by having audiences sense your inner life, not just the mask of words, but the life behind them. Learn unique ways of creating scenes and applying solo improvisations to your work. Play theater games designed to explore the magical realm where unexpected vectors occur and create spontaneous and completely immediate theater.
- Designing and Devising By integrating the methods of his theater masters, modern media, and the technical training of motion pictures, Leland has evolved a path where participants can become architects of their own work. By creating a performance using graphic physicality and corporeal form, artists can craft meaningful theater experiences. Tangibly mapping their work using the metaphoric archetypes resourced by writers, storytellers, filmmakers, and directors around the world gives great insight into the elements of structure. The seminal ideas of Jung and Joseph Campbell have provided an enlightened approach to character and plot development. Their concepts are explored and applied to performance and the craft of creating memorable work.
- Applied Performance Session Validation through performance is a key to elevating individual and ensemble work. Leland uses years of insight and experience to guide performers toward individual power and presence.
Founded in 2009 by Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, the Castleton Festival introduced classical music, theatre, and opera to the rolling hills of Rappahannock County.
Castleton has been a life-changing experience for over 3,000 participants. Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia, Castleton’s performances take place at the Theatre House: a former chicken coop for 15,000 hens converted to a “mini-Globe” European-style theatre with one of the finest acoustics in the world.
There are four primary themes to Castleton’s present activities:
- Castleton in Residency (CiR): one- to four-week Residencies for Artists of the highest caliber furthering their collaborative work and artistic growth. Artists are invited based on outstanding talent. In line with Maestro Maazel’s ethos, they are proactively encouraged to take risks and to challenge their artistic boundaries. The opportunity to fully immerse in the Maestro’s Legacy, his home, his music library, and his composing studio, together with performing in the Theatre House and experiencing the bucolic surroundings, imbues the artists with inspiration. Residencies to date have exceeded all expectations culminating in numerous recordings, some available via streaming on Castleton’s website.
- Castleton in Mentorship (CiM): Artists in Residence are encouraged to make time available to teach Master Classes to high potential students from the local community. The Artists are also invited to bring their own students to participate in the unique experience.
- Castleton in Conversation (CiC): In collaboration with Daniel Lelchuk’s Talking Beats podcast, Castleton offers a new series which engages an extraordinary diversity of guests such as writers, musicians, scientists, entertainers, and thinkers in captivating and spirited dialogue. The common link between all is a passion for music.
- Castleton in Performance (CiP), a year-round series, offers a multicultural experience. This thematically diverse series of recitals, chamber music, jazz, world music, theatre, chamber opera, and dance, brings internationally acclaimed artists into our own backyard. Eminent performers have included Mstislav Rostropovich, José Carreras, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Sir James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, Pepe Romero, Alec Baldwin, and Claire Bloom.
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