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Angela de Castro – How To Be A Tiny Bit of a Stupid
June 20 @ 10:00 - 12:30 CEST€40
From Angela de Castro’s ‘How To be A Stupid’ series of workshops with The Why Not Institute
This short bite session is for clowns who take fun and stupidity very seriously.
Duration: 2.30 hours
Price: 40 euro’s
(All times on this festival are Olso time Zone)
I have immense pleasure in running my courses. As much as I run them, as much I like the evolution of the work. How much it changes. How much there is to learn and to research. And now, I am learning how to run parts of my courses online.
To bring my work online is a challenge for me. My workshops are long, intensive and at a slow pace. I create a safe and trusted space, in a studio, in which students can work with their vulnerable and fragile selves. Some of this is not suitable, I believe, for online work.
But I am learning what we can do together in an online context, which is technical and physical training. This in itself adds immensely to the practice of clowning.
I hope one day we will meet face-to-face with How To Be A Stupid. In the meantime, I couldn’t resist the invitation of Patrick to be part of this Festival. It is as challenge and I welcome challenges.
In this session we will be doing simple but effective physical and technical exercises, using the participants as an audience, so everyone can get feedback.
• You will need enough space to move, with space all around you.
• Your camera needs to be able to capture you standing up and sitting down.
• It would help if the background in camera is not very ‘busy’.
• You will be learning techniques without the clown and then practicing them with the clown on, so be on your clown costume and nose but be able to take your nose off too.
• You can have props available.
Bio Angela de Castro
Angela de Castro has been performing since she was 17 years old, beginning in her native Brazil where she was a well-known actor in theatre, film and television, and director of her own theatre company.
In 1986 de Castro moved to London to pursue her dream to study, perform and reclaim theatre clowning as a modern art form. She has toured the UK and internationally with the major contemporary theatre and circus companies and is now well known as a teacher of her master class ‘How To Be A Stupid’ or ‘The Art of Creative Intelligence’. de Castro’s creative practice, developed over 40 years, is based on what de Castro calls ‘the state of clowning’, a process through which participants find truthfulness and depth, a transformatory journey of discovery requiring courage and discipline.
In 1999, de Castro founded The Why Not Institute in London, a UK’s only space totally dedicated to performance, teaching, professional development, resources and events connected to contemporary clowning, especially that within theatre traditions. The Why Not Institute runs workshops, develops performances and builds support networks for clowns. The Institute creates a space for people to try out clowning and for clowns to be recognised and validated. It is the home of de Castro’s unique space, ‘The Land of the Why Not’, a ‘clown’s playground’, a space for artists to experiment or simply exist with their clown personas outside of rehearsal or performance
de Castro has taught around the world in Britain, Germany, Australia, Brazil, the USA and many other countries ( around 35!). She has an on-going relationship with the Ernst Busch school of drama in Berlin, the London International Mime Festival, and with business and educational projects where the creative lessons of the state of clowning can be applied with great success. de Castro has received awards and fellowships in recognition of her contribution to modern clowning from the Royal Scottish Academy of Speech and Drama, the Nesta Dreamtime Award programme, and, of course, the Arts Foundation.
Most clowns have a persona and show which travels with them throughout their careers. For de Castro this is Souza and ‘The Gift’, first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990. Through various iterations, including a tour at the Barbican in London in 1998, the show has journeyed with de Castro through the last 30 years, most recently in Finland (2018), Chicago (2019) and London (2020).
de Castro has performed in many shows in the UK over the years, starting with tours with circuses theatre companies like, Mummerandada and Ra Ra Zoo and going on to include ‘Under Glass’ (Clod Ensemble), ‘Futurology’ (National Theatre Scotland), Ionesco’s ‘The New Tenant’ (Young Vic), ‘Treasure Island’ (National Theatre, London) and the award winning Slava’s ‘Snowshow’, where she developed the character Green Clown and toured for four years.
Through her own production company, Contemporary Clowning Projects, de Castro has developed a number of shows in addition to ‘The Gift’, including: ‘My Life Is Like A Yo Yo’ (UK tour); ‘only fools, no horses’ (Riverside Theatre London, followed by a UK tour); ‘Laughing Matters’ (Battersea Arts Centre London, Bristol Old Vic, Jyvaskyla Festival Finland); ‘The Road’, a variety show (Brazil, Wales, Andorra, Scotland,England); and recent development for a new show, a clown opera, ‘Alone = all+one’.
Angela de Castro has dedicated her life to theatre and the incredible art form of clowning.
She says: “I believe in the vital role of clowns as truth tellers, entertainers, subversives and communicators in the arts, in society and across the world.”