Physical Theatre Workshops Autumn 2019 with Mina Tinaburri


The Neutral Mask and stage presence - 26.-27.10.2019
Expressive masks: Mask – Body- Space - 23.-24.11.2019




The Neutral Mask and stage presence

When we come forward to an audience, be it as an actor, a public speaker, a musician, a dancer or a performer, we are first of all – before we become the carrier of a story or of a character – a carrier of presence: a conscious body which moves in space and creates space around itself, which irradiates energy from the first moment it appears and immediately catches the attention of the spectator.

The neutral mask is an essential tool for developing the stage presence and body awareness in performer. It is through the perception of our own breath, of the feet, the pelvis, the spine, the head and hands that we will explore how we can consciously and purposefully use our main instrument, which is our own body, in order to grow into space.

The neutral mask raises awareness of what we communicate with our body posture, of quality of movement and of how we relate to space. It explores a new level of expression, a way of communication through gesture and the organization of movement in space. With the Neutral Mask, the actor explores the state of neutrality before any action, a state of receptiveness to everything around him. Free from dramatic expression, it is based on the state of calm, of availability, curiosity to the world. With no inner conflict, the actor's body reaches a state of silence and presence, available to the theatrical space.

The Neutral Mask focuses on the creative attitude of the whole body and increases the level of tension of the body. It was introduced for the first time in the pedagogy of theatre at the Theatre School of the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier of Jacques Copeau and Suzanne Bing, at the beginning of the last century and later developed by Jacques Lecoq.

Target group: No specific or previous experience in Physical Theatre is requested.
For the training is requested to wear neutral black clothes with no embles or logos, to work barefooted or with non-slip socks and to bring a pair of black tights as head cover.

Date: 26.-27.10.2019

Time: Sat./Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Fee: 145€/reduced 125€









Expressive masks: Mask – Body- Space

The workshop is an intensive journey into the world of Expressive masks.
Expressive masks are full masks in which the actor/the actress does not speak. The characters they represent are drawn from everyday life and shaped by everyday human comedy. A good expressive mask must be able to transform, to be sad, or happy, grotesque, funny or tragic and to manifest complex feelings.

The workshop explores the basic techniques of playing the mask from the perspective of the physical theatre, in order to enrich the physical vocabulary of the actor/actress and to improve his/her stage sensibility.


THE EXPRESSIVE MASKS: form in space/ the metamorphosis of the human body/ the physical interpretation/ the rules of playing the mask.

Date: 23.-24.11.2019

Time: Sat./Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fee: 145€/reduced 125€








To apply please send us together the application form a short cv stating your experiences (see application form).You can send your application by Post : Atelier für physisches Theater / Ernitz-Tinaburri GbR, Naunynstraße 65 10997 Berlin or via E-Mail (PDF)
A down payment of 70 € is required for each workshop. Bank account: Ernitz-Tinaburri, Berliner Sparkasse. IBAN DE93 1005 0000 6011 2839 32 / BIC: BELADEBEXXX

Please note:
The application becomes binding after receiving the down payment.
You will be notified in writing as soon as the payment has been received and the place is secured. The reduced fee is valid for students and unemployed people upon presentation of appropriate documentation and also by booking 14 days in advance of the workshop start date. Any account balance remaining before the workshop begins is due by the start time of the first day of the workshop...

Cancellation & Refund Policy
Cancellation requests must be made in writing to Apt and received by post or email. If you cancel more than 14 days before the date of the workshop, your workshop down payment is refundable, less a €25 administration fee. If you cancel less than 15 days before the workshop date, your down payment, less a € 25 administration fee, is refundable only when a substitute participant can be provided by you. There will be no refunds given 7 days and less before a workshop date and once a workshop has begun. To preserve this period the punctual receipt of the notice of cancellation by e-mail ( is sufficient. In the event that the workshop you have chosen is already fully booked or has been cancelled, the amount paid will be refunded within 7 working days. Further claims cannot be asserted.

Disclaimer: Participants assume full and sole responsibility for the risk of injury or other consequences from attending workshops and also agree that the organizer accepts no liability for loss or damage to their personal property or for injury to participants on or outside the workshop premises.

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