Atelier des Mimes Berlin 13  •  Sept - Dec 19

twelve weeks of  intensive training and exploration of  physical theatre and mime

Operation transformation  (mission statement)

Twelve intensive weeks - operation transformation. Awakening the senses, igniting the spirits, triggering the inner dance, unveiling it's sapience and spark. Refining our message, revealing our selves.

The aim of this workshop is the transformation of the craftsman on stage towards presence and impact, precision and playfulness, impulsivity and virtuosity in shape and rhythm.

C'est le corps qui souffre  (quote Etienne Decroux)

Our chosen mean of expression is movement through space and time. Our instrument is the body, which needs to be shaped, tuned and sharpened. Nourished with a versatile vocabulary, it'll ride us to speak more freely. A meaning maybe other to functional words, beyond linear narration. To find our innate language. To tell our intimate and unique story.

Any content needs a frame, every melody it's instrument. For us it's the body. For us it's mime. Servants to our audience.

Am Abgrund kommt es nur auf die Haltung an  (mantra Atelier des Mimes)

Atelier des Mimes is aiming at performers who want to express in a meaningful physical way, reveiling inner motions of a figure on stage: feelings, emotions, thoughts. The approach in getting there is a physically very demanding practice (in part 'corporeal mime' after Etienne Decroux) - combined with challenging settings of play, improvisation and composition and a constant critical review of path and results.

One's own dance in mime...   bienvenue à la folie!

Atelier Nr 13  •  fall 2019  •  3 blocks at 4 weeks each  •  5 days a week  •  4 h a day


Block 1:   training in  Physical Theatre and Corporeal Mime

Monday September 9th  to  Friday October 4th          ( 4 weeks )

intensive and comprehensive studies of corporel mime in technique, impro, repertoire combined with
'mimactiv': Oliver's fundus of 20+ years of dynamic, exhausting and playful excercises and methods.
open call.  stage experience, physical fitness and absolute dedication indispensable.

1 week break

Block 2:   studies of  Application of Technique in Play on Stage

Monday October 14th  to  Friday November 8th         ( 4 weeks )

advancing on block 1 towards rendering technique and skill useful and effective for meaning and expression.
The step from execution to impact. Finding the message and bridging, thus (full)filling the gap to the audience.
advanced only.  knowledge of mime & corporeal mime / visit of Block 1 required.

1 week break

Block 3:   research in  Creation, Performance and Authorship

Monday November 18th  to  Friday December 13th   ( 4 weeks )

The deep end. The mystery.
From vocabulary to message. From inspiration to piece of art.
on invitation only.  visit of previous blocks / Ateliers required.


atelier  •  full & intensive workshop:

Monday to Friday  •  ca. 9:00 - 14:00  •  4 weeks   20 days  •  €700 per 4-weeks-block

incl. breaks and practice time, teaching ca. two thirds  •  reductions available, see below

labor  •  training:

Wednesday to Friday  •  9:00 - 11:00  •  4 weeks   12 days at 2h  •  €200 per 4-weeks-block

incl. cool down  •  for practitioners / veterans / groupies  familiar with Atelier des Mimes

konglomerata  •  weekly open classes:

Fridays  •  9:00 - 11:00  •  €10 - €20 per session / €100 - €200 all 12 weeks (u decide)

open for all, no enrolement required, just come along. Please be on time.


Classes will be held in a dance studio in Berlin-Kreuzberg. See contact for info  →
The course will be directed and mainly taught by Oliver Pollak and be held in English.
The participation at Atelier des Mimes is fully at your own risk and responsability.
Exact times in the day and the location might still change! Please check nearer the time.

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Former participants of Atelier des Mimes' workshops left some impressions for you here  →
Learn a bit about corporel mime here  →    or about mimeactiv here  →    or this interview with Oliver  →
To learn more about Oliver, visit this subpage  →    or  Oliver's website  →

smallprint (basics)

reductions:    the following culmulative reductions for each block of Atelier can be granted upon request:

early bird:            €50  off for each full month in between payment and start of block.
bulk discount€100  off for second block of Atelier 13 / fall 2019.  €200 off for third block.
fidelity rebate€100  off for each full Atelier visited beforehand.
for workshop:      €10 / €20 respectively

In the past, Atelier des Mimes was able to offer further reductions to participants:
from a country with a difficult exchange rate, taking care of a minor
or otherwise in exceptionally difficult financial circumstances,
as well as collegues and pros.  In case, please enquire.

refund policy:    please observe carefully!

If you withdraw at least  6 weeks  before a start of a block:  €200  will be kept, the rest refunded.
After that, if you withdraw at least  3 week  before the start of a block:  €500  will be kept.
If you withdraw after that, no refund will be granted.

updates:    important!

Dates and schedules might still change. Watch this space!
Latest 1 week before it's scheduled start, the direction might cancel any block of Atelier 13.
Furthermore, the direction maintains the right to exclude a participant at any moment during a workshop.
In those two cases only, a refund will be granted, in exact proportion to classes not given (anymore).

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Bienvenue à la folie.