Curious about clown? Maybe you’ve seen a Mump & Smoot show, or love the logic of Mr. Bean. Maybe you’ve heard legends about John Turner’s Clown Farm, or you want to develop a deeper connection to yourself & your audience. Clown is everything. It’s listening & responding, exploration & play, and ultimately, love & magic.
In this introductory 2-day workshop based in Pochinko-style clown, students will begin with a focus on listening and impulse through exercises and play used to awaken and encourage a sense of pleasure, an awareness of the audience, and an honest physical and emotional response to internal impulses and external events. We will do work with movement and physicality, visualization and colour, explore how to respond to our audience (and not be afraid of them), and do more with what works. This will culminate in a mini-performance of clown turns at the Improv School Student Showcase. Clown is excellent training for improvisers, allowing them to get comfortable with physicality, playfulness and nonverbal communication onstage, as well as expanding their awareness in performance to include the audience. Learn how to yes-and your mistakes into whole new hilarious territories.
- February 16th & 23 – Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm. The Class Showcase will run in the evening on the 23rd at 7 pm (call time: 6 pm)
Note: This class is taught in two parts. Part I will run from 12-4 pm on Sunday, Feb. 16th & Part II from 12-4 pm on Sunday, Feb. 23rd, with a performance in a Student Showcase that evening at 7 pm (call time: 6 pm)
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Jennifer LeBlanc has been an admirer of clowning ever since she was introduced to it by her professor in theatre school. Her professor told her she was probably good at it because she’s a “natural clown,” which she decided to take as both a compliment and encouragement to be a goof whenever possible. Since then, Jennifer has been a regular student at Clown Farm in Manitoulin Island, studying Pochinko-style clown under the brilliant guidance of John Turner, Mike Kennard, Karen Hines, and others. She’s explored Baby Clown, Bootcamp, Neo-Bouffon, Joey & Auguste, Dancing Clown & Advanced Bootcamp during these sweet sweet summers, coming together with artists & non-artists from all over the world to create love & magic in a giant studio in the middle of the woods in the hot summer heat. She’s also performed clown pieces at Calgary’s Fluid Festival, the containR space with Springboard Performance, and recently performed her solo clown piece ‘Queen Clown’ at Calgary’s first clown festival. Clown is Jennifer’s very favourite art form and she loves introducing people to it.