Dean Fogal has degrees in Psychology, Speech Communication and Theatre and studied with the creator of Corporeal or Full Body Mime Etienne Decroux, in Paris for three years.
Dean has taken the Decroux work into an ensemble training context with the formation of the Tooba Physical Theatre Centre, an International Diploma Program which operated in Vancouver for 14 years. He and the Tooba staff found that a simultaneous study of Corporeal Mime, Voice, Acting, Dance, Circus Arts, Ensemble Development and Singing, all served to deepen the study and understanding of each individual form.The work followed the principle that ‘on the level of mastery all forms become one form”.
No matter what age we are, or what line of work we are following, we all want to be more present, more articulate and more engaged in what we are doing. We want to be inspired and to share that inspiration..As public communicators, which we all are, our physical and vocal communications can be strengthened, clarified and refined by being trained in Corporeal Mime.
Because much of the study is based on dramatic contrast we can realize that the real power in communication depends on developing ‘qualitative stillness in parts not moving’. What begins as a study of movement of all the body’s parts, slowly becomes a study both of movement and the stillness out of which great movement and eloquent communication comes.