Thank you to our 2019 sponsors and partners:

The Outside Eyes

Taught by Angela de Castro (Brazil)

Saturday, June 8th

1 hours Individual Slots

Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.)

Workshop fee: $75

These will be 1 hours Individual Slots.

Please email us at info@physicalfestival.com with the subject line: OUTSIDE EYES

Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont Ave.)

Session fee: $75

The Outside Eyes – The Performers’ Surgery brings professional support to the artists’ creative process.

Such a process can be quite lonely. How many times do we feel stuck and in need of an outside eye to have a look at our work? Or we simply need professional feedback on a new piece/concept to make sure we’re going in the right direction? For professional clowns, the challenge is even greater as it’s very hard to find someone who understands that universe well.

Whatever your specialty is, acting, physical theatre, devise work, writing, composer, directors, whether you have previous experience of clowning or not, ‘The Outside Eyes’, or ‘The Surgery’ can help you make work that is stronger and unique to you. Those interested in exploring advanced clowning techniques or concepts can do so under Angela de Castro’s supervision, while those looking for a different take on their work will profit from Angela de Castro’s over 40 years’ experience as a performer, actor, clown, director and mentor.

Angela de Castro has sharp eyes and can see through the material and/or difficulty presented with clarity. Her approach is to focus on what the artist wants to say and suggest alternatives and sometimes solutions. Techniques mixed with playfulness, lightness and joy the state of clowning brings a fresh approach to ideas, acts and performances.

Artists can book between 2 to 4 hours’ sessions a day to show, discuss and/or just talk about their ideas. The Outside Eyes (The Surgery) can be 121 or in small groups and can be booked as a one-off session between 2 to 4hs or for a number of days.

 

‘I had a chance to participate in ’The Outside Eyes’ with Angela De Castro this year, 2016. I spent a really nice time with her. She helped me in the moment I really needed it, as a clown and as an artist. De Castro showed me her method to find new characters, structure myself and helped me to „remember”. She shared with me also her knowledge about how to build up a show. Together we spent amazing time on deep, intensive and unforgettable conversations about world of clowning and theatre making.’

Violeta Garcia (Spain, Germany) – clown, performer, devisor

Angela de Castro is one of the most loved women clowns. She is a leading theatre practitioner, actor, teacher, director and speaker. Her performances and methodology have been well recognised in the UK and abroad, awarding her, among a few, a Lawrence Olivier Award (UK), the Golden Nose Award (Spain), the Nesta Dreamtime Fellowship, an Arts Foundation Fellowship and an International Fellowship by Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for her contribution on the art of clowning. Angela de Castro has been teaching her master classes extensively all over the world. 

Theatre clowning is a life’s passion and way of life for de Castro. She doesn’t stop working. She is completely dedicated and committed to her work. She is always working on shows, directing and mentoring other companies, developing her own clowns’ personas and learning how to play the ukulele. When she has some free time, she can be seen browsing around street markets, riding her beloved motorbike and feeding the ducks in the park near her house.