Neutral Mask Teachers|Actors Workshop with Giovanni Fusetti in Christchurch

Limited spaces available for this 1-day workshop with visiting International tutor Giovanni Fusetti from Helikos International School of Theatre Creation in Padova, ITALY.

This is a workshop for Drama Teachers, Actors and Directors.

Tickets via Eventbrite click the link below:


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The Neutral Mask is key step in the Movement Theatre training. It is the Mask behind all masks.

It’s a mask that doesn’t have any dramatic expression, and allows the actor to explore a state of pure presence, in the here and now of the theatrical space, a state of calm and availability.

With this mask the actor explores the state of neutrality that exists before the action. The Neutral Mask has no memory and no projects, it lives in the present, and allows the actor to discover the difference between movement and drama, between dramatic character and theatrical presence. To explore the fluidity of the body and the essence of human gestures.

There is a web of “non-neutral attitudes” and physical and emotional “background noises” within each person’s movement and physical presence. If observed through the reference of the Neutral State, they appear like patterns that tend to become a form of character or style.

The Neutral Mask teaches the actor to unfold these “individual physical dramas” in order to reach the silence of the present moment, and eventually play physical characters with further accuracy and theatricality.

Once the actor has discovered this space, s/he becomes like “a white page, ready to be written on in the future dramas“ (Jacques Lecoq).

A brilliant and powerful pedagogic tool, the Neutral Mask is an essential instrument in the quest for physical awareness, non verbal communication skills and the play with all other theatre masks.


ARA Institute of Canterbury
E Block,
Dance Studio 1
130 Madras Street,
Christchurch Central City,
Christchurch 8011


Wednesday 22 January 2020

8.45am – 5.30pm (1 hour for lunch)


– Drama Teachers

– Actors

– Directors


$140 Early Bird (if paid in full by Friday 13 December 2019)

$170 Slow Bird (if paid after Saturday 14 December 2019)


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Artist, Natural Scientist and Pedagogue, Giovanni Fusetti is a multi-disciplinary fool.

He encountered pedagogy and social theatre while receiving his MA in Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Padova (1985-1989). This encounter led to a pedagogic and artistic search that has been unfolding for over 25 years.

After attending a variety of workshops and projects involving Mime, Puppets, Street Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed and Clown, he trained at the École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (1992-1994), where he subsequently returned to follow the pedagogic training and the L.E.M. (Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement), after which he was invited by Jacques Lecoq to teach improvisation. While in Paris, Giovanni also trained in Gestalt at the Ecole Parisienne de Gestalt (1992-1999).�

After the death of Jacques Lecoq in 1999, he returned to Padua to co-found Kiklos Teatro, alongside Paola Coletto. This was an international theatre centre devoted to theatre creation and pedagogy. Here Giovanni directed the Scuola Internazionale di Creazione KIKLOS for five years, developing the vision of a school rooted in tradition, and free to create and re-create new poetic paths.

After the end of the Kiklos experience in 2004, Giovanni Fusetti continued to work around the globe as a teacher and director, during an artistic journey that led him to work with leading theatre companies, universities, schools and training centres. He has been invited to teach and lecture at numerous places including: LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts), Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake, California), Accademia Teatrale Veneta (Venice), The University of London, Rosegarden Theatre House (Norway), Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado), Centre Generation Tao (Paris), Princeton University, University of Auckland, Auckland Unitec, Toi Wakhaari / New Zealand Drama School and the Boulder Circus Center (USA), where he has been teaching a summer intensive training on Red Nose clown over the last 10 years.

After these travelling years, the urge to reopening a long-term training process led Giovanni to settle in Florence, Tuscany in 2010, becoming the Founding Director of HELIKOS International School of Theatre Creation. At Helikos Giovanni is the pedagogical director and the core teacher in the professional training program, and he teaches Movement Analysis, Improvisation, Theatre Creation and the PAPAS atelier (Personal Awareness Process in Altered States).

As a performer, Giovanni has explored movement-based theatre creation with various companies including Circo Crappo, Teatro Osvaldo, The Clod Ensemble (London), Tre Magi Teatro, Il Triangelo, and Larven Teatro. He has worked as movement coach and assistant director internationally, including for the Commedia dell’Arte company Pantakin da Venezia, and has collaborated with Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia (US) as trainer and devising consultant. He has directed and co-written clown shows with former students and alumni.


Currently Giovanni focuses mainly on pedagogic practice and research and is deeply grateful to all the masters and teachers who has opened the path before him. His 25 years of pedagogical research include training and practice in Theatre in Education, Conflict Resolution, Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, Gestalt, Reichian Bioenergetics and Process Work.

Since the beginnings of his quest, Giovanni has been integrating in his pedagogy, movement based theatre with different practices of physical and emotional awareness, in particular Gestalt, Reichian Analysis and Process Work, as well as his background in Natural Sciences and Ecology. His desire is to explore the ancient vision of theatre as a way to ecstasy.

Alongside his pedagogic work in training professional theatre artists, Giovanni has worked with children of all ages, homeless persons, activists, teachers, therapists, hospital clowns and human beings in research, using theatre as a pedagogic paradigm of personal healing and poetic awakenings. Red Nose Clown holds a special space in his heart and work: Giovanni is passionate about mid-wiving clowns and he has coached hundreds of clowns into existence in many countries of the world, both in professional artistic trainings and in processes of healing through clown (Tao of Clown, Clown and Gestalt, Transanalyse).

Trained Permaculture Designer and amateur gardener, he seeks to be fully alive while on this powerful, fragile and beautiful planet.

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