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Masterclass in Movement & Mime


Sun 18 Sep 2016, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $100.00
  • Earlybird discount available until Friday 19 August: $75.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: FergusAitken

This workshop will take students on a journey of play and exploration, developing techniques via games and improvisation.

Fergus Aitken is a New Zealand-based comedian and international award-winning entertainer. He has performed in theatres, comedy clubs and festivals in more than 15 countries world-wide, including in Russia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and Australia.

Suitable for drama and dance teachers and students. This workshop will revitalise and bolster your approach to movement awareness. Utilising elements of illusionary mime, slow-motion, robotics, movement analysis, physical comedy and improvisation, workshop leader Fergus Aitken has three decades experience of performing and teaching in over a dozen countries worldwide.

There are two scholarship places available. Applicants for these scholarship places should submit a one page letter detailing why they feel they should be offered a free place, in advance of the early bird deadline shown.
For more details on scholarship places please contact Fergus on

The workshop focuses on:
- Illusionary Mime
- Movement Analysis
- Slow Motion
- States of Tension
- Isolation and Robotics
- Character Development
- Spatial Awareness and Proprioception

Fergus trained in mime, physical theatre, circus and clown, in the UK and in NZ. His teachers have included Robert Bennett, Desmond Jones, John Wright, Simon McBurney, Les Bubb, John Bolton, Deb Pope, Giovanni Fusetti, Thomas Monckton, Fraser Hooper and Ira Seidenstein.

Fergus has taught extensively for:
- NASDA (Christchurch)
- Whitireia Performing Arts Centre's Stage & Screen and Circus/Dance courses
- CircoArts 1996 - 2010 Fergus was a guest physical theatre teacher-trainer at NZ's only full-time circus school (Christchurch)

- Wellington Improvisation Troupe (WIT)
- Wellington Youth Circus
- Footnote Dance Co's ChoreoLab
- Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
- European Juggling & Circus Skills Convention (Edinburgh)

Earlybird discount ($75) available until Friday 19 August, 2016.

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