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Kinetic Connection April Workshop

An in-person immersive workshop for actors, magicians, mimes, storytellers, variety artists, teachers, speakers, movers, shakers and dreamers.

$1200 includes daily classes, evening forums and final performance. Transportation to and from airport provided. Semi-private housing with fully stocked, diet aware kitchen. Swimming pool, spa, hot tub available. Remote retreat on 500 acres to hike, meditate and muse upon.

COVID SAFETY POLICY: 4 day negative testing prior to arrival.

671 Castleton View Road
Castleton, VA

Registration is now open!

I am preparing for the in-person workshop this April at Castleton. If you are a physical theater practitioner, an actor, a variety, artist, a deviser, a magician, a storyteller, a speaker, or are just looking for training in Kinetic Theater this immersive experience is where you can grow. We will be doing in-depth training, investigation, and repertoire development. There will be morning warm up and movement technique, Delsarte, neutral mask training, shapeshifting, improvisation, afternoon development work, and evening forums. All this and an amazing location with great amenities too.

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Castleton Theater

Kinetic Connection Online

Kinetic Connection Monthly Zoom Workshops

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. Empower your performance with authenticity, skill, knowledge and inspiration. This lab shares the techniques that Leland has gathered over a thirty year career as a director, mime, actor, film maker, magician, and storyteller.

A Monthly Online Zoom Master Class

10 Hours of Instruction for $100.
Monday ~ Friday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Enrollment is Limited.


Course Contents (Open & Flexible)

• Mastering Movement for Stage and Screen

By starting at the beginning, performers will see how to use space to take advantage of blocking and choreography. Create physical eloquence with the vocabulary of mime. We will discuss and demonstrate the techniques of working in front of the lens, and what questions performers and actors should have when working for the camera.

• The Laws of Gesture and Kinetic Acting

We will explore the how, where, when, and what to move. Understand how to use movement techniques to become understood, authentic and believable. 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 vectors occur and create 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 journeys for their live and virtual audiences. Tangibly mapping the work using the metaphoric archetypes resourced by writers, storytellers, film makers, 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. Using years of insight and experience Leland guides performers toward individual power and presence.

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