HELMIME Master Classes
These classes will introduce you to different aspects of mime with HELMIME Club performers. They are aimed for professionals and students of performing arts, as well as advanced hobbyists. Prior experience of mime is not necessary.
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 classes are taught in English.
Mime and music
What kinds of roles do music and silence have in mime, how is music visible in the movement? We will explore the rhythms of movements and mime actions, and also learn together a short mime choreography and try it out in different pieces of music to find out what kind of meanings the music gives to it.
Mime and emotions
Emotions are the moving substance of a story. We will feel emotions, explore what they do to our body, and can even make a short story out of it. The way from emotions to storytelling without words is fun and adventurous! Let’s explore our bodies, our feelings, and share what we found on the stage in the beautiful form of mime.
Mime, partnership and humour
In this short workshop, we’ll look into the humorous potentional of mime. Mime is like an animated movie, we can do anything we imagine and bring it to life on stage. The main goal will be to have fun, focus on the timing and on your partner on stage. We’ll improvise throughout the workshop and work with our brains and not only with our bodies.
- Sat 22 Feb at 10–17 (one hour break)
- Fri 23 Feb at 10–13
- Dance House Helsinki, rehearsal studio
- Cable Factory, staircase A, 3rd floor
- Tallberginkatu 1
- 90 € (combo: workshop 3x3 h classes + ticket to HELMIME Club)
- 80 € (just workshop 3x3 h classes)
- Send your name and phone number by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also mention if you want to buy a combo ticket or just participate in the workshop.
- If the participant cancels the participation after 20 Feb, the payment will only be refunded with a medical certificate. If the organiser has to cancel the workshop, the payment will be fully refunded.
HELMIME events are supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
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.