HELMIME Mime Workshops
With different mime techniques, we can create illusions, make invisible visible and play with imaginary objects, partners and powers. To succeed in these, a mime needs strong body control and knowledge of movement patterns that are rarely used in everyday life: waves, isolations and the fixpoint, not forgetting nonverbal expression and storytelling.
The mime workshops are held by Dance Theatre Auraco’s Kati Lehtola and visiting teachers.
- 22–23 Feb 2020HELMIME Master Classes, Dance House Helsinki, rehearsal studio, Cable Factory, Helsinki
- 19–20 Oct 2019Contemporary Mime Workshop, TribalTanssiKeskus, Helsinki
- 14–15 Apr 2018Mime Workshop 2, Studio Attitude KS, Helsinki
- 20–21 Jan 2018Mime Workshop 1, Studio Attitude KS, Helsinki
- 25–26 Nov 2017Mime Workshop 1, Studio Attitude KS, Helsinki
Kati Lehtola is a dancer and mime who studied mime in Die Etage, a school of performing arts in Berlin. Her main teacher was Anke Gerber, who is one of the most respected mimes in Germany and Central Europe. Alongside different styles of mime (like Marcel Marceau’s or Étienne Decroux’s), the studies were composed of dance, Commedia dell’Arte and other forms of physical theatre. The education gave a strong technical base and a bit anarchistic attitude towards mime. Kati also has a blog about mime in Finnish.
Eliška Kasprzyk is a Czech artist who finished her master’s degree in nonverbal theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2018. Meanwile she was teaching in two new circus centres in Prague for two years, while performing with a physical theatre/circus company Vít Neznal a kol. She has also played violin and sung in a folk-core band in Prague, and given her own workshops focusing on opening creativity, voice and body as a complete instrument of an actor and creator. She likes to dive deep into our subconsciousness to find out the real treasures that we can use in performing but also in our ordinary lives.
MgA. (MA) Tomaš Kasprzyk is a mime, a teacher and a drummer. He started learning and performing as a mime when he was 5 years old. He learned the basics from his father Miro Kasprzyk and advanced mime techniques from the Czech mime Michal Hecht. He studied mime at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU), Department of Mime, where he did his master’s degree under Radim Vizvary and had workshops with Lionel Menard, Greg Goldstone, James Donlon, Anke Gerber, Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum. He also worked on a performance with the legendary mime Milan Sladek. Nowadays he mainly focuses on teaching contemporary mime and the core of acting and improvisation to non-actors and professionals as well.