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Internships, laboratories and research residencies

IFO asbl

The training and research activities of the Belova-Iacobelli Company are organized by IFO asbl.

IFO asbl was created on the initiative of Natacha Belova, director and set designer, and Javier Chavez, producer. The mission of the asbl is the creation of shows by the Belova-Iacobelli company, as well as research and transmission of skills around the art of puppetry and masks. Constituted as an ASBL in 2016 in Brussels, IFO has been active since 2012. Currently, the association has: produced two shows and one in creation, organized 35 workshops and 7 laboratories in 16 countries in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, more than 630 artists of 45 different nationalities have participated in these projects. Other recognized Belgian and foreign artists also lead workshops organized by the association. We can mention Jean-Michel d’Hoop, Michel Villée, Nicole Mossoux, Fabrice Rodriguez and Emmanuelle Mathieu from Belgium, Tita Iacobelli (Chile), Duda Paiva (Netherlands), Eduardo Felix (Brazil)

WORKSHOPS 2022

CREATING THEATRE MASKS
A mask creating workshop directed by Loïc Nebreda in collaboration with Rebecca Flores Martinez
Dates : 10-21 October 2022
Working schedule : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The workshop remains open until 7 p.m.
Address : Quai41, Rue des Coteaux 41, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (Belgium)
Fee : 780 € Mask-making materials included. Meals, transport and accommodation not included.
Language : French, English translation will be available if/when needed.
Number of participants : maximum 15
Profile of the participants : artists, technicians, teachers from the performing arts, visual artists, performers…
Description : This 10 days course aims at sharing experience gained on theatre productions over 15 years and at guiding participants in the initiation of their own project. The course will include technical information, mask-making research and improvisation. It is important to understand what is implied by the creation of a mask, especially in terms of acting. Rather than finishing an object in all perfect details, the objective is more to pass on technical and artistic approach that can be used afterwards.
You will be asked to come with a project, a vision and a set of visual references (A4 prints). No matter which path your research will take your project will have to draw on to both a piece of work (a play, a novel, a theme, etc.) as well as observation made in everyday life (faces, movements, etc.). More information will be sent once you are registered.
To apply please fill in : Application Form

FOCUS ON: CREATING REALISTIC LOOKS
A mask creating workshop directed by Loïc Nebreda in collaboration with Rebecca Flores Martinez
Dates : 24-29 october 2022
Working schedule : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The workshop remains open until 7 p.m.
Address : Quai41, Rue des Coteaux 41, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (Belgium)
Fee : 550 € Mask-making materials included, hair not included (A visit to affordable afro hair supplies shops will be organized for those who wish). Meals, transport and accommodation not included.
Language : French, English translation will be available if/when needed.
Number of participants : maximum 15
Profile of the participants : Artists, technicians, teachers from the performing arts, visual artists, performers… Participants should already have basic painting skills (acrylic colors).
Description : This 6 days course aims at sharing experience acquired on productions for which it was necessary to create an illusion of realism (duplication of character). The objective is to learn how to make a copy of a face starting from a face cast without necessarily reworking the volumes of the eye, on thermoplastic, with paint work and beginning of hair work.
Please note this is not a silicone mask workshop. These are tips to create an illusion for the stage (working witha minimum of distance). Given the duration of the workshop, the masks will stop at the level of the ears
(no helmet full head mask).
Each participant will realize one’s self-portrait or the copy of another participant from the workshop.
Rather than finishing an object in all perfect details, the objective is more to pass on technical and artistic approach that can be used afterwards.
On the evening of the last day there will be a short presentation in front of an invited audience.
To apply please fill in : Application Form

Puppet manipulation workshop with Michel Villée, Cia. Une Tribu.
Date : 11-15 July 2022
Working schedule : 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The workshop remains open until 7 p.m.
Address : Quai41, Rue des Coteaux 41, 1210 Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (Belgium)
Fee : 330 € Meals, transport and accommodation not included
Language : French and English
Number of participants : maximum 15
Profile of the participants : For everybody, actors or other performing artists eager to discover the practice of puppetry. The workshop is also open to visual artists, scenographers, builders, musicians.
Description : We will study realistic and unrealistic modes of manipulation, and we will carry out specific work on the questions of rhythm, gaze and space. We will learn to apprehend the object, to direct it, but also to follow it and trust it. Then we will approach the work in association and dissociation. We will also work on the transition from one to another. We will study technical elements that allow these two forms of manipulation. In the dissociation play, we will also experiment the interactions of the actor-puppeteer with his own puppet. Those who do not have any and/or those who wish to change puppets during the work can use puppets available on this occasion.
To apply please fill in : Application Form

THE OTHER
Workshop by Tita Iacobelli and Natacha Belova, assisted by Marta Pereira
Research around puppet figures

Dates : August 22 – September 4, 2022 (August 28-29 days off)
Working schedule : 10am – 5pm with a one hour break at noon
Address : Espace Zinneke, Place Masui 13, 1000 Brussels (Belgium)
Fee : 950 € Materials included. Meals, transportation and accommodation are at the charge of the trainee.
Language : French, English, Spanish and Russian
Number of participants : maximum 12
Profile of participants : puppeteers, actors, dancers, set designers, visual artists
Description : Starting from a text or an image where we can see  » the other  » or  » others  » who challenge us, who provoke us, who modify our breathing, through the construction of a puppet and manipulation techniques, we will try to assimilate the presence of this  » other « . As we give shape to a head, to a figure, we will explore the possibilities of manipulation that will allow us to deploy a scenic imagination and to progress in the construction of the puppet. We will study the gestural possibilities of this new being to discover its particularity and develop its character. We will work on dissociation techniques to understand its rhythm, its intelligence -different from ours- which will allow us to meet the puppet as an object that becomes a subject. Who is the other? Through play and movement we will also explore dependence, the influence of one on the other, the appearance and disappearance of one and the other.
Making a puppet figure : The different materials used, the size of the puppet and the manipulation technique, are important choices that are rarely theoretical for us. It is more often through experimentation, through testing, that the appropriate answers appear. This is an essential step in making your puppet unique, alive, effective and organic in the performance. The imitation of reality, transposition, deformation, everything is possible.
The term puppet figure has been chosen to open the field of possibilities and not to fix itself to the complete body, realistic morphology and common and precise technique of realization. Nevertheless several techniques will be explored to realize your projects: clay or foam sculpture, thermoplastic or paper finishing. Using objects or raw materials is possible. Zinneke’s space is an Ali Baba’s cave of recycled materials and we have the possibility to use it.
Workshop procedure : We will divide our time between working in the studio and in the rehearsal room. First we will explore the relationship to the « other » with the spare puppet parts of the Company and the objects found in Zinneke’s stock or brought by the participants. Then we will build a quick prototype of a head and then experiment with its strengths and weaknesses on the stage. Back in the workshop the work of building your « other » will begin. The back and forth between the rehearsal space and the workshop will continue throughout the workshop. These will be personal and group sessions.
Scenic photographic portrait : In this workshop, we will collaborate with the photographer Pierre-Yves Jortay. He will follow the creation trajectory of your characters. At the end of the workshop he will create two portraits in a minimalist scenography related to your project.
To register, please fill out the following form: Registration form
Deadline for registration:
20 June 2022
Answer:
22 June 2022 (contact us if you need an answer sooner)

Past workshops

2020 October : Workshop Natacha Belova, Charleville-Mézières (France)
2020 September : Workshop Natacha Belova, Tournai (Belgium)
2020 September : Workshop Tita Iacobelli, Tournai (Belgium)
2020 September : Workshop Fabrice Rodriguez, Brussels (Belgium) – cancelled
2020 June : Workshop Duda Paiva, Brussels (Belgium)
2019 December : Master Classe Natacha Belova (Tunisia)
2019 December : Workshop Tita Iacobelli, (Tunisia)
2019 November : Workshop Fabrice Rodriguez, Brussels (Belgium)
2019 November : Workshop Natacha Belova, Beijing (China) – cancelled
2019 October : Laboratory Natacha Belova, Milan (Italy)
2019 July : Workshop Natacha Belova, St Petersburg (Russia)
2019 July : Workshop Michel Villée, Brussels (Belgium)
2019 May : Workshop Natacha Belova, Brussels (Belgium)
2018 October : Workshop Natacha Belova, Taipei (Taiwan)
2018 August : Workshop Natacha Belova, Brussels (Belgium)
2018 July : Workshop Natacha Belova, Istanbul (Turkey)
2018 July : Workshop Duda Paiva, Brussels (Belgium)
2018 June : Workshop Michel Villée, Brussels (Belgium)
2018 April : Workshop Emmanuelle Mathieu, Brussels (Belgium)
2018 March : Workshop Natacha Belova, Brussels (Belgium)
2018 January : Workshop Eduardo Felix and Aurora Majnoni, Madrid (Spain)
2017 December : Workshop Natacha Belova, Brussels (Belgium)
2017 September : Workshop Jean Michel d’Hoop and Pierre Jacqumin, Brussels (Belgium)
2017 July : : Laboratory Natacha Belova and Nicole Mossoux, Brussels (Belgium)
2017 April : Workshop Natacha Belova, Geneva (Switzerland)
2017 January : Workshop Eduardo Felix, Brussels (Belgium)
2016 November : Laboratory Natacha Belova, Mirko Mescia and Mariana Elizalde, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2016 September : Workshop Natacha Belova, Toulouse (France)
2016 September : Workshop Duda Paiva, Brussels (Belgium)
2016 August : Workshop Natacha Belova, Brussels (Belgium)
2016 November : Workshop Duda Paiva and Francesca Lanza, Pinerolo (Italy)
2015 May : Workshop Natacha Belova, Lisbonne (Portugal)
2016 June : Workshop Duda Paiva, Fafe (Portugal)
2016 April : Workshop Natacha Belova, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
2016 February : Laboratory Natacha Belova, Pinerolo (Italy)
2015 November : Laboratory Natacha Belova, Brussels (Belgium)
2015 August : Workshop Natacha Belova, Mexico (Mexico)
2015 July : Workshop Natacha Belova, Madrid (Spain)
2015 June : Workshop Natacha Belova, Tolosa (Spain)
2015 May : Laboratory Natacha Belova, Santiago (Chile)
2015 May : Laboratory Natacha Belova, Santiago (Chile)
2014 October : Workshop Natacha Belova, Santiago (Chile)
2014 August : Workshop Natacha Belova, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
2014 April : Workshop Natacha Belova, Santiago (Chile)
2013 July : Workshop Natacha Belova, Charleville-Mézières (France)
2013 April : Workshop Natacha Belova, Santiago (Chile)
2012 May : Workshop Natacha Belova, Santiago (Chile)

 

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Belova - Iacobelli
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Production : Javier Chávez
+32 491 955 366
jchavez@ifoperator.be

 

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