The workshop challenges and enriches children's creative expressions. The central objective is to introduce the young participants to artistic methods and techniques, which train them to express themselves through clown and mime theater without the use of words.
About the actors
Gracia Rios is an actress and violinist. She studied at Mountview University of drama school (London), where she came into contact with clowns for the first time. Since then, she has used clown techniques in almost all of her work as an actress.
Karin Ahlström is an actor, educator and drummer. She has been a teacher since 2009, specializing in body expression and movement. She has a Master's in Montessori pedagogy and another Master's in Child-Adolescent Psychology. She has knowledge in acrobatics, pantomime, clowning, dance and rhythm.
Francesca Tesoniero is an architect and actress. She was part of the theater group Ikarus Stage Arts from 2017 to 2021. She currently works as an actor in Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium. She has also directed, built scenography and was responsible for stage props and the creation of masks.
For children, language often represents a limitation in their ability to communicate their feelings and thoughts in a deeper way. The workshop offers an alternative approach to self-expression by teaching the children to use their bodies as tools for expression. Through clowning and mime techniques, they explore their physical movements and facial expressions, allowing them to express a wide range of emotions, stories and ideas.
At the same time as the children learn to express themselves with the various techniques, they also get the opportunity to work together in various exercises and performances. It strengthens their ability to listen and respond to others, and provides a sense of community and togetherness.
Through the various exercises, the children also get the opportunity to develop their imagination and critical thinking. They are encouraged to create their own clown characters and scenarios, allowing them to think outside the box and draw on their personal experiences and perceptions of the world around them.
The workshop is both an artistic and educational experience. It contributes to the children's overall development by promoting their creativity, self-confidence and self-expression.
It is both fun and engaging, and gives the children a step into a world of theater and art, where only the imagination sets the limits.