workshops

 

Workshops

 

Moshe teaches at the intersection of humor and mindfulness. His teaching methods  evolve from his performing experiences, his teachers, and from his collaborations in the Zen world. With 25+ years as a workshop leader,  he creates an atmosphere of concentrated lightness, a safe and clear pathway to explore the fun and the funny, reverence and irreverance, the absurdities and humorous impulses in life.

Some workshops are directed towards clowns and performers. Other workshops (and trainings) are for the general public, focusing on integrating humor and lightness into every day life and the workplace. More below.

Workshop offerings:

Deep Clown

For clowns and performers, offering opportunities to explore, deepen and expand  humorous expression, lightness, awareness and connection.  Integrating a fair amount of Eastern influence (Butoh, Taoist Health Exercises, Shintaido, Kyogen) into clown and physical theater, the workshop asks participants to embody clown, to strengthen their connection to inner clown in order to expand their outward capacities.

Moshe’s clown teacher, Richard Pochinko, often said that workshops are simply opportunities to be in the clown zone. Indeed, the workshops main goals are to be actively clowning: being, exploring, enjoying, opening, expanding, deepening, embodying. Improvisational work in solo, duos, trios are essential vehicles in mapping out and developing the individual’s clown worlds. Moments are embodied and expanded using poetic aspects of Butoh dance. Formal stage/audience presentations occur, as well as spontaneous performance moments.

This workshop is often offered as a training for health care clown organizations.

Lightfulness/Humor and Lightness for the Workplace

Positive humor and lightness opens pathways in creating connection, in enhancing relationships and communication, both in professional and personal (every day) situations. In these workshops, authenticity, mindfulness, lightness, fun and funny are integrated with intuitive expressive explorations, alone and in improvisations with others. Along with fun and laughter, the workshops develop capacities in active presence, in-the-moment listening, interaction, connection and capacities in sharing lightness and positive humor.

Lightness and awareness in connection have proven to be the principle skillful tools that come out of these workshops. Moshe has coined the term Lightfulness, here’s the link to the new website.

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Clown + Zen 

These workshops combine both clown and meditation sessions lead by a Zen teacher.  The humor investigations are similar to those described above. At the 6 day workshop at Nell Breuning Haus in Herzogenrath (Germany),  now in it’s 12th year, meditation sessions are lead by Heinz-Jürgen Metzger, and the workshop includes an excursion to second hand stores to find costume (day 3), and a clowning experience in public (day 5) with a  procession + small group improvisations.