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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Clown through Mask Workshop with Michael Kennard
Clown Camps 2012 on Manitoulin Island with John Turner
Neo-Bouffon Study with Karen HInes
Body Wilderness with Fiona Griffiiths

CLOWN THROUGH MASK WORKSHOP
With Michael Kennard

April 23 - May 6, 2012
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 8, 2012 !!

Monday April 23 – Saturday April 28 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Monday April 30 – Saturday May 6 10:00 – 6:00 pm
*Sundays may become part of the workshop.

Cost: $900 for U of A grads and equity members / $1,000 for outside students, $200 non-refundable deposit required to secure your spot in the workshop. Make cheque payable to Michael Kennard.

Location: Media Room, Fine Arts Building, Drama Department.

Pre-requisites: Cannot currently be enrolled in the B.A Drama Program or the BFA Acting Program unless it is your last year, or you have a special situation you want to discuss with me.

*Please note there will be some work outside of class time.

Course Description
This workshop is based on the Pochinko technique.  Students begin with a focus on listening.  Games and exercises are used to awaken and encourage a sense of pleasure, an awareness of one's immediate environment, and an honest response to internal impulses and external events.

Individually, creativity is explored with colour work and bodywork, and eventually the students begin the making and wearing of six masks.  These masks mark out the playground for the clown, guiding the participants through their innocence and experience, extremities, culminating in the "birth" of their individual clown.


Please call Michael Kennard (780) 492-8717 if you have any questions
or email me at kennard@ualberta.ca
To register; Drop off a resume and a deposit to Michael Kennard’s office in the Drama Department 3-113, or make other arrangements with me. 

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THE MANITOULIN ISLAND CLOWN INTENSIVES 2012
with John Turner

Visit The Clown Farm website at theclownfarm.com

BABY CLOWN INTENSIVE
Richard Pochinko was a Canadian visionary who developed a unique style of creative exploration and/or performance training, drawing on several different clown traditions, a lifetime of theatrical experimentation, and personal inspiration. John Turner studied with Richard for the last two years of his life and has continued to develop the work through 22 years of creating and performing professional clown shows (Mump & Smoot) and 20 years of directing and teaching across North America.

The workshop begins with a strong focus on the art of listening. Games and exercises are used to awaken and encourage a sense of pleasure, to heighten awareness of one's immediate environment, and to develop an honest response to internal impulses and external events. Individual creativity is explored with colour work and body work and eventually the students begin the making and wearing of six masks. These masks mark out the playground for the clown (creative self), guiding the participants through their innocence and experience, extremities and normalcies, culminating in the "birth" of their individual clown.

This workshop is an intense blast and furnishes the student with a malleable structure for continued creative exploration, with limitless applications. It is not necessary to be a perfomer to take this course. All are welcome, from all walks of life.

BABY CLOWN DATES & FEES

June 30 - July 15, 2012 (arrive June 29, depart July 16)
$1,100 + $143 hst = $1243.00
  • 50% deposit necessary upon acceptance of application to insure a spot in the class.
  • deposit can be refunded minus a $35.00 administration fee until 90 days prior to start-date.
  • deposit is non-refundable after 90 days prior to start-date unless a replacement is found
  • enrolment limited to 18

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CLOWN BOOT CAMPS
These intensive workshops are designed to be a catalyst for a more expansive concept of what clown is and how it can be used.

BOOT CAMP 1 "FROM BABY TO STAGE"

This workshop is the next stage of exploration after Baby Clown. Using various writing and development techniques and exercises to evoke both left and right brain involvement, the participants explore their own unique approach to the creation of material and performance. The mask and colour work is expanded upon to deepen the student’s relationship with them as both a source for material and as character for performance.

This workshop is perfect for those coming fresh out of The Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown) or for those who seek to reacquaint themselves with the foundations of this style. The 5 days will begin with an emphasis on exploration and creation but will move towards the development of pieces for performance.

Students should be aware they will be extremely challenged and while it is not necessary to bring a prepared piece they will be welcome to do so.


Prerequisite: Pochinko style Baby Clown (or From Mask to Clown or Clown Through Mask)

Maximum:
16 students

BOOTCAMP 1 DATES & FEES

July 21 - July 25, 2012 (arrive July 20, depart July 26)
$500 + $65 hst = $565.00

- 50% deposit necessary upon acceptance of application to insure a spot in the class.
- deposit can be refunded minus a $35.00 administration fee until 90 days prior to start-date.
- deposit is non-refundable after 90 days prior to start-date unless a replacement is found

ADVANCED BOOTCAMP

This workshop will continue with the work begun in Boot Camp 1 with a stronger emphasis on the development and execution of professional work. There will be some emphasis on the Bouffon perspective as well as the exploration of a clown/bouffon synthesis. Each day will consist of a minimum of 3 hours focused on creation, and 3 hours focused on performance. There will be many additional hours for exercises, discussions, and the exploration of themes that arise out of the classes.

Students should be aware they will be extremely challenged and are to bring 2 short prepared pieces in addition to other work to be discussed after registration.

Although a Joey/Auguste (duos) workshop is not offered, duos wishing to work together can be accommodated within this Advanced Boot Camp. Please state if this is your desire.

Prerequisite: Pochinko style Baby Clown (or From Mask to Clown or Clown Through Mask). Students must have a deep and extensive knowledge of their masks and colours including the gesture work. A professional-level commitment to theatre (and/or music, visual art, dance... etc.) is expected of any applicants.

Maximum: 12 students

ADVANCED BOOTCAMP DATES & FEES

August 4 - August 9, 2012 (arrive August 3, depart August 10)
$600 + $78 hst = $678.00

- 50% deposit necessary upon acceptance of application to insure a spot in the class.
- deposit can be refunded minus a $35.00 administration fee until 90 days prior to start-date.
- deposit is non-refundable after 90 days prior to start-date unless a replacement is found

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To apply for Clown Courses

Please send a resume or cv, photo and a brief discussion of your reasons for applying for this course by email to
jackturns@gmail.com

Students are selected according to application information and date of application. As well, a brief telephone interview and/or letter of reference from a previous teacher, director, or other professional associated may be required prior to acceptance.

Address, telephone number and email address (if available) should be included with application.

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NEO-BOUFFON STUDY with Karen Hines
at the Manitoulin Clown Farm

In Paris and London and around the world, master teacher Philippe Gaulier teaches a style of performance known as "bouffon," characterized by the use of physical affliction (humps, etc.) in combination with parody to achieve a highly theatrical effect. This performance style finds its roots in medieval Europe, though the lore stretches into timeless and universal territory.

pochsy"NEO-BOUFFON" is Karen Hines's Canadian response to the work: firmly rooted in the lessons of Parisian master Gaulier, but focused on finding new ways to apply the essential elements of bouffon within the context of contemporary North American culture.

Through the exploration of the basic foundations of bouffon, plus in-class creation, the work encourages a comedically-oriented dissection of societal maladies and afflictions. This course aims to wring laughter from unsettling aspects of contemporary culture, in the name of timely, responsible, thoughtful approaches to parody, high performance, great entertainment and killer content.

This course is designed for writers, designers and directors as much as it is for performers: much of the course is geared toward strategies for creation and development of material. Course content and exercises are challenging, often involving the realms of religion, sex and politics, and are not for the faint of heart. The work entails an unflinching look at the darker side of the human potential.

There is homework, and participants will be asked to prepare very short, very simple pieces prior to commencement. No bouffon or clown experience is necessary, but a CV or resume and a brief telephone interview are required prior to acceptance. Applications are accepted immediately by email, but you may not receive a response until mid March or as late as mid April. Upon acceptance into the class you will also receive more detailed information regarding accommodation etc.

NEO-BOUFFON DATES & FEES
August 11 - August 15, 2012 (arrive August 10, depart August 16)
$500 + $65 hst = $565.00

To apply for Bouffon
Contact Karen Hines at khines@pochsy.org and cc all communications to jackturns@gmail.com. Please send resume and/or CV with telephone contact information by email. You will be contacted back with more information and for telephone interview.

For more about Karen Hines

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BODY WILDERNESS with Fiona Griffiths

Spend 4 relaxing and rejuvenating days listening, sensing and moving, surrounded by nature.

“…By becoming aware of our body we give ourselves access to our entire being – of body and spirit, mental and physical and ever strength and weakness, representing not our duality but our unity.” Therese Bertherat

Explore your body, mind and emotions as instruments of expressive skills. This work is open to people who are active in all aspects of body performance: acting, dance, singing, clown and bouffon and have a basic level of physical  skills.

This workshop will give you physical awareness, movement skills and new sources for the creation of work. The mornings will focus on  body literacy, exploring presence and action from impulse. Featuring experiential anatomy, Kinetic Awareness (ball work), Authentic Movement and impulse work. The afternoons will feature creating movement that embodies feeling, texture and narrative. SourceWork may include Viewpoints, River Work: Four Basic Bodies (open, bound, grotesque and beautiful), Emotional Wheels and body part & creature Rivers. Fiona will adjust the curriculum to meet the needs of the group.

BODY WILDERNESS DATES AND FEES

July 28 - July 31, 2012, Saturday to Tuesday
(arrive Thursday, depart Wednesday)
$300 + $39 hst = $339.00

For more about Fiona, visit www.fionagriffiths.com

To register or for more information:
filogriff@yahoo.ca

 

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