Sadly saying good-bye to a most productive summer. So many people came to stay and play, make theatre, conversation, music and poetry, swim and walk the coast paths, lounge and dine in the newly decorated “Betty Blue”, our shed on legs, and generally have a thoroughly creative time. We explored many stages in the landscape and had very positive feedback for our spontaneous, playful expressions from people with smiling faces, wanting more, saying it is so good to see something happening in North Cornwall. Hopefully the seed is planted for some bigger events to happen next year (with any luck we will get the sunshine again too).
XXI Century Commedia Dell’Arte was an exploration into the archetypal power characters (or devilish masks) that are still alive and well in our lives today. We improvised our way through scenario’s and Lazzi under the direction of Lorenzo, who shared his experience of the Italian Comedy form, giving us a structure to explore some very powerful issues facing us today. Again seeds planted, it is hoped that the work continues with an ongoing research company.
Along with many more weeks of play, we had a digger Fest. A weekend with a massive digger and a dumper truck to move a hill, making space for the new studio! Dramatically changing the landscape is quite disconcerting as well as exciting, we can now see what the view will be like from our playing space.
Another event, that will probably become an annual one in the future, was the Wild Poetry Week, were a group of Devon and Cornish poets came to the quarry to write, draw, paint and sculpt with mentor Irit, who came over from Israel to spend the week with us. The landscape is now dotted with words and images to surprise and delight.
Now as I look forwards to the Autumn and the birth of another child into my family I do so with such rich memories of tears and laughter, stories shared and dances danced, music played and wonderful feasts prepared and relished with the most wonderful people, open hearted, emotionally expressive and uniquely talented each and every one.
Looking forwards to playing with you soon
May the show go on and on
I love this Quote from Martha Graham
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.”
19+20 October (weekend)
In this seminar we will look at many of the working methods used by Franki to help free players into the joy of playing.
This seminar is for people who have experience of Franki’s work, either with her or another facilitator who uses her Foolosophy, method and process. This is an ideal seminar for those Fools who have experience of their own shows and would like to know more about the facilitation process, whilst also being suitable for anyone interested in taking the work deeper into their own practice. Playing is the key to all creative acts.
Being and Performing
Using sound, dance and story to create theatre of the fool.
21 -25 October (week)
(for experienced/performing fools)
“What do I do between workshops/shows to keep my player alive?”
In this workshop we will seek to address the question of ones personal practice; Intensifying ‘being’ to deepen the quality of connection with ones-selves and an audience.
Working on and with our-selves, tuning in, listening, paying attention to the body, sound, form, inner voices, impulses and the playing space.
We will also explore; how to practice before and after a performance, in order to free up blockages and play. As well as regular practice as a meditation to keep your player alive and present in the moment.
ffi + to book Contact Kerstin, kerstin(at)kerstinotto.com
Dance the Body Alive: Sept 2nd, Oct 7th, Nov 4th, Dec 2nd,
Play Days: Sept 3+4, Oct 1+2, Nov 5+6, Dec 3+4
The Fool Weekend; Berlin Oct 19+20
Being and Performing: Berlin 21-25