The White Church Theater ProjectThe White Church Theater Project
The Theatre de l’Ange Fou and International School of Corporeal Mime present their 3rd Summer Season of performances, workshops and lectures at their theatre in the old Wyoming Valley Church situated in the countryside near Spring Green, Wisconsin.
The directors Steven Wasson, American, and Corinne Soum, French, met in Paris in the early 80’s. Steven began his mime and physical theatre studies in 1976 with Dr. E. Reid Gilbert and Thomas Leabhart at The Valley Studio on Upper Wyoming Road. This led him to Paris where he met Corinne; both were students, and later on the last assistants of the ‘father of modern mime’ Etienne Decroux.
The Theatre de l’Ange Fou has toured throughout Europe, Russia, The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, India, Japan and the middle east. The Theatre de l’Ange Fou has created many original plays and adaptations, ranging from duets to large ensemble work: The Little Dictator – parts I & II, Beyond The Garden, Crusade, Entangled Lives, The Government Inspector, The Orpheus Complex
and Across the Seven Seas. They also specialize in the repertoire of Etienne Decroux with their play The Man Who Preferred to Stand, and the lecture performance A Promethean Dream.
The work of Theatre de l’Ange Fou has been described by the London Sunday Times as, ‘A beautifully staged, atmospheric piece of total theatre.’ And by the Scotsman: ‘If Beckett had ever produced a ballet, it would have looked something like this.’
Having always dreamed of establishing a home for the school and the company in the U.S., Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum purchased the Wyoming Valley Church in 2011 and refurbished the property, preserving the integrety of this local landmark, while giving it a new life dedicated to the multi-faceted world of physical theatre.
Weekend Workshops 2015
“The Counterweights” – the cornerstone of the corporeal mime technique:
How an actor uses his body to portray men and women dealing with matter creating the illusion of weight or the absence of it, from the most practical level to the more metaphoric one. The use of counterweights is not limited to material action. The actor can use the same principles to represent the weight of ideas, inner conflict or feeling. This is called the moral counterweight or subjective illusion.
March 28 – Saturday: (10 am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm)
March 29 – Sunday: (10am to 12pm)