Friday, March 27, 2009

CLOWNLAB with Jef Johnson

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Space is limited to 20 people ~ Hurry!

CLOWNLAB with Jef Johnson


a new Workshop for no one in particular
To think is to not know how to be.
-- Fernando Pessoa

Our perception is challenged constantly by the rules of organized society and daily living. The mind, body and spirit are in a perpetual tug of war with the fabric of who we think we are and who we wish to become.

In this workshop, you will be challenged to let go of fear and be free.

We are all clowns. We are all children.

Come join us and reconnect with the joy that dreams within you!
April 12, 4-9PM
April 13, 6-10PM

ArtWorks Theatre
6569 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood 90038

$150 both days, or $120 if paid by April 4th!

Space is limited. Enroll soon.
Jef Johnson is a principal clown in the international touring company of Slava's Snowshow. As Clown, he has also toured with Cirque du Soleil. Jef has more than 20 years of experience working in a wide range of physical styles. His approach is rooted in subjective expression, physical expression of condition through impulse and reflex. He has studied corporeal expression from disciples of Grotowski, Suzuki, Marceau, Decroux, Lecoq, Meyerhold, M. Chekhov, Vakhtangov.He has been commissioned for Master Classes, Lectures and Workshops in Acting, Theory, Character, Mask, Creative Play, Improvisation, and Clown for numerous theatre companies and universities, including Cirque du Soleil, New York Clown Theatre Festival, Camp Broadway, Slava's Snowshow, University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Minnesota, Empire State College and NYU.
For more on Jef and his Clown Lab:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

1. To put forward for consideration.
2. To offer.
3. To make known one's intention.

1. A matter to be dealt with; a task.

originally, to set forth

Unleashing Creativity
Pathways to engaging performance

Saturday, April 4th, 11 - 2pm, $30
[via]Corpora, 6575 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood 90038
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There are as many ways to performance and performer training as there are performers. What is essential is the Perspective of Joy and Ease with which a performer approaches each moment of work. Through full-bodied play we will discover the pathways to engaged and engaging performance.

After three months of teaching and researching in Leeds, England, Bryan Brown returns to [via]Corpora with his particular physical approach to actor training and performance development. This new workshop will investigate both areas by focusing 1/3 of the day on the physical, vocal and rhythmic training that allows for the offering of self in spontaneous and imaginative moments and 2/3 of the day applying the experiences of the training to the development of individual Propositions.

A Proposition is an active sketch, a short structured sequence of movements and sound.

Participants should come with a proposition. If you do not have a proposition, we can still work as long as you are willing to improvise and work towards one in front of the group.
(Propositions can consist of text, song, object(s), costume. Keep it simple. The details and subtlety are what we will be focusing on.)

BRYAN BROWN has taught and studied extensively in New York City, Europe, and Los Angeles. He is co-creator of Artel and [via]Corpora, Performance Research and Development House. Deeply influenced by American Experimental theater and dance practitioners, Bryan has spent the last two years investigating the contemporary theater practices of Eastern European and Russian ensembles primarily through his relations with the Grotowski Institute and the Song of the Goat Theatre. Recently he was Artist-in-Residence at Hooyang Performing Arts Centre, South Korea. Besides consistent teaching in Los Angeles at [via]Corpora, Bryan has led workshops in Poland, New Orleans and NY. Currently, he teaches Performance Technique at the University of Leeds where he is a Postgraduate Research student.

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