MARTI CATE'S WORKSHOPS

THE MAGIC OF MIME

Do actions speak louder than words? This workshop presents the spontaneity and expressiveness of mime, with techniques from both Western and Eastern traditions. Areas of study can include: character development, illusions, physical training, mask and makeup, improvisation, and performance techniques. A presentation is often the finale of longer workshops.

 
 
FUNNY BUSINESS: THE ART OF CLOWN

In this workshop, for adults as well as children, participants discover a unique clown persona, physically express character and reaction, use everyday objects as comic props, improvise, and learn classic clown routines. Additional topics are: make-up and costumes, and creating material for performance. Longer workshops can culminate in a final show.

 
 
OPEN DANCE: MOVEMENT IMPROVISATION

This workshop for new and experienced dancers nurtures spontaneity, focus, and personal expressiveness. Dance improvisation is based on the interplay of framework and freedom, and includes: physical focuses both internal and external; structures and themes; composition; partnering; group dynamics; and free improvisation. Students develop more confidence, grace, joy, and the power of their own movement.

 

 

CHINESE ANIMAL CHI GUNG

This invigorating, fun, non-impact class is recommended for people of all ages and levels of movement experience. The exercises combine the elegance of dance, the concentration of t’ai chi, and the playfulness of mime. Inspired by animal and human archetypes, they were developed by Hua Tuo, the father of Chinese medicine. Some are beautiful and powerful, others are animated, even comical - a dynamic moving meditation, enhancing health and vitality.

 

 

INVITING THE MUSE: CREATIVITY WORKSHOP

This introduction to many forms of creative expression draws from different movement, voice, and visual arts techniques. These explorations form the basis for experimentation and collaboration, to uncover new avenues of personal expression. The emphasis is on fun, freedom, and spontaneity in an atmosphere of adventure, discovery, and support.

 

 
MIME AS A TEACHING TOOL:
AN ARTIST-EDUCATOR COLLABORATION

Children learn with their minds, bodies, and all their senses. This unique approach helps students to experience and inhabit a subject with their imaginations and their whole beings. Often presented with a specialist in the chosen subject, exercises give students the chance to physicalize the information which they are learning. For example, if they study space travel, and learn illusions of flying and slow motion movement, they can “become” astronauts floating in their own imagined space capsule. Any subject can come to life in this way!

 

 

MIME FOR THE CLASSROOM: WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS

Looking for a new, creative teaching tool? This class presents skills which educators – from pre-school through 5th grade levels – can use to enhance classroom activities and specific subjects. Included in the training are illusions, character expression, body awareness, improvisation, and movement vocabulary. Imagination, physical expression, and spontaneity are emphasized in a circle of support and fun.

THIS WAS SO AWESOME!!!!! I wish I could make the entire review exclamation points. My boyfriend and I took a private mime class with Marti for his birthday. In our 10-day visit to California, this class is the coolest thing we did.” 

 

- Susi Remondi, Boston, MA

The students
were highly interested and excited about
what they learned. Marti Cate is a very resourceful and inventive teacher.

 

- Prof. Dr. Adelheid Staudte, University of Frankfurt, Germany

Marti Cate's professional way of working with
the participants let them be
very enthusiastic;
the performance especially was
very
impressive.

 

- Director Herbert Schustereder, Bildungshaus St. Virgil, Salzburg, Austria

Marti Cate mime and event entertainer delights audiences. Customized entertainment for children’s party, corporate events and more all over the San Francisco Bay Area, including: San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Wine Country, Silicon Valley, East Bay, Berkeley and Oakland.

 

Marti Cate • 218 Barcelona Drive, Novato, CA 94949 • mlcate@mac.com • 415 342-6768