Benedicta Bertau: with the flow

workshops & events: call of the self. building community. experiencing & creating culture

Are you longing for meaning and creativity?

Do you wish for more non-virtual, human connection and true relationships - and the courage to step into these?

Do you believe in the transformative power of culture, beauty, and humanity in the best sense of each of these words?

 

As a performance/theater artist and teacher, I am dedicated to creating experiences in which human beings can re-connect with their creative individuality, and with each other. Being creative is a way to meet life, not a privilege or luxury reserved for "artists." Understanding each individual as a unique being with a physical body, soul, and spirit on an ever-evolving journey, I take movement and the arts of speech, theater, and improvisation as my point of entry.  To involve every aspect of the person, I use conversation and play, ritual and fun, hands-on activities and meditation - we are multi-faceted, and I am here to serve the unleashing of every person's potential. In a multitude of ways. In conversation with you.

Welcome to with the flow...

 

line & color: illustrations

 Benedicta Bertau: illustration for blog "E sono Felice"  - Felice, Christine Lagarde e il sonno del PIL (May 18, 2016)

Benedicta Bertau: illustration for blog "E sono Felice"  - Felice, Christine Lagarde e il sonno del PIL (May 18, 2016)

My father always carried a small green sketch block with him. He would take out his black pen, quickly draw what he saw and date it. Later, he would often take a brush and some water and turn his drawing into a water color. He filled 80 of these little green sketch blocks. My father was not a visual artist by training, but he drew and painted, even with oils, at least as long as I knew him, 43 years of his 88 year long life.

 Karl Bertau: Garden (2008)

Karl Bertau: Garden (2008)

 the little green sketch book

the little green sketch book

I have followed his example every now and then. Never with true consistence. But seeing the world with a pen in hand is one of my ways of connecting to reality.

I was recently invited to a Christmas party where each guest was to bring one gift to be randomly re-gifted among the present guests. So, I spent Christmas morning in bed, drawing and painting a set of 29 inspirational cards. I took my inspiration both for text and motifs from my set of "Abraham-Hicks" Well-being cards. But I also made things up. And thoroughly enjoyed myself. Here are some of those cards, and others, prompted by that experience of aimless joy. These drawings are not perfect, they are my exploration into imperfection and free play. Aimless joy, indeed.

 Benedicta Bertau: 29 cards (Christmas 2015)

Benedicta Bertau: 29 cards (Christmas 2015)

 

And then,  Gigi Borruso invited me to illustrate his column for the Italian language magazine Focus-in which is published in France. What an honor (and what fun!) - here is the link to the blog which was just born out of this collaboration:

E sono Felice

 Benedicta Bertau: Portrait Felice Sghimbescio for "E sono Felice" by Gigi Borruso

Benedicta Bertau: Portrait Felice Sghimbescio for "E sono Felice" by Gigi Borruso

 Benedicta Bertau: illustration for "Matteo e i canguri" by Gigi Borruso

Benedicta Bertau: illustration for "Matteo e i canguri" by Gigi Borruso

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Tutti servizi sono disponibili in italiano, inglese, francese e tedesco.

Tous les services sont disponibles en langue française, anglaise, italienne et allemande.

Ich biete meine Dienste in deutscher, englischer, französischer und italienischer Sprache an.

 

background image by Benedicta Bertau - Sicily 2011