Calgary Clown Festival Workshops


5-Day Intensive Workshop

with Jon Davison

Monday, September 9th – Friday, September 13th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

$650 Regular / $500 Early Bird

This workshop starts with a look at the fundamental dynamics of clowning, how to make yourself and your friends look stupid so we will love and laugh at you.

Converting our habitual fear of ridicule into the pleasure of laughing at ourselves, we can use it to make others laugh and experience the freedom of the clown. How do clowns do what they do, how does your stupidity make you a success, and how does the unthinkably ridiculous come about?

Clowning is sometimes shrouded in mystery but in reality it’s a very simple mode of performance. This workshop uses simple exercises rooted in laughter response in order to access clowning in the most direct manner possible.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JON: 
Jon Davison has been a clown performer, teacher, director and writer for the last 30 years. He taught clown, improvisation and acting at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona from 1996-2006, when he became a co-founder of the Escola de Clown de Barcelona. From 2007-2010 he was a Research Fellow investigating contemporary clown/actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he obtained his PhD in Clown Performance Practice and is now Visiting Lecturer. He has performed at festivals, theatres, tents, streets and bars throughout Europe, and is currently produces the monthly clown performance Friday Flop. He has published two books, Clown: Readings in Theatre Practice (2013) and Clown Training – a practical guide (2015), both with Palgrave Macmillan. He runs the London Clown School, providing regular clown workshops in the UK, and teaches regularly around the world.


The Art of Physical Comedy Workshop for Teens

with Cheryl Hutton

Tuesday, September 10th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  |  Ages 13 – 17

$35 Regular / $25 Early Bird

Get specific with your body’s physical actions and reactions and avoid being the oh-so-boring “talking head” on stage! Expand your physical vocabulary, and develop tools for playing comedy using the techniques of physical impulses, improvisation, slapstick, and accidents, in solo and group exercises.

The course will cater to all levels of experience and abilities – those who have done this work before and those who are fresh. We recommend this course as the perfect place to explore and learn. Come and join the fun!


A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CHERYL: Cheryl is a Calgary based theatre performer, actor, and improvisor. She has worked for such notable companies such as Lunchbox Theatre, Dirty Laundry, and others. She is a professionally trained physical theatre performer from Ecolie Phillip Gaulier, and also graduated from the Mount Royal Conservatory. She has been a Residency Program Leader for Quest Theatre for the past 14 years. 

Registration 

$25.00 + fees EARLY BIRD (register before August 6th)
$35.00 + fees REGULAR


The Art of Physical Comedy Workshop for Adults

with Cheryl Hutton

Wednesday September 11th , 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

$50 Regular / $40 Early Bird


Get specific with your body’s physical actions and reactions and avoid being the oh-so-boring “talking head” on stage! 

Expand your physical vocabulary, and develop tools for playing comedy using the techniques of physical impulses, improvisation, slapstick, and accidents, in solo and group exercises.

The course will cater to all levels of experience and abilities – those who have done this work before and those who are fresh. We recommend this course as the perfect place to explore and learn. Come and join the fun!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CHERYL: Cheryl is a Calgary based theatre performer, actor, and improvisor. She has worked for such notable companies such as Lunchbox Theatre, Dirty Laundry, and others. She is a professionally trained physical theatre performer from Ecolie Phillip Gaulier, and also graduated from the Mount Royal Conservatory. She has been a Residency Program Leader for Quest Theatre for the past 14 years. 

Registration 

$40.00 + fees EARLY BIRD (register before August 6th)
$50.00 + fees REGULAR

Times
 
September 11th from 6:30pm-9:00pm

The workshop will take place in the VIctor Mitchell Theatre at the Pumphouse Theatres (2140 Pumphouse Ave SW)


Serious Play with Jacqueline Russell

with Jacqueline Russell

Saturday, September 14th – Sunday, September 15th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$300 Regular / $225 Early Bird

This workshop will offer artists of all backgrounds a unique way to access the imagination. During the workshop participants will cultivate the freedom to be zany and go for the unknown in order to create work that is reflexive and honest. 

Designed for artists & creators from all disciplines, this workshop will provide a brave space to take risks and generate new material. Individual and group activities will give participants the chance to practice listening, following impulses and developing a sense of play in their artistic process. 

It is not necessary to be a performer to take this class. 

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JACQUELINE: Jacqueline is a settler of Scottish & English ancestry who lives on Treaty 7 territory (Calgary). She is a director, performer, creator and clown. With her co-conspirator Jed Tomlinson she has created and toured two full-length clown shows, The Sama Kutra & Hushabye, to festivals across the country. She was the Artistic Producer of Urban Curvz Theatre from 2011-2015, the 2013-14 RBC Emerging Director at Lunchbox Theatre and the Artistic Producer for Evergreen Theatre from 2008-2013. A graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta, she is currently the Community Programs Director for Inside Out Theatre. In the fall of 2018 Jacqueline will begin a Masters in Theatre Studies at the University of Calgary specializing in Pochinko Clown.

Registration 

$225.00 + fees EARLY BIRD (register before August 6th)
$300.00 + fees REGULAR

Times
September 14-15 from 12pm-4pm

The workshop will be held in the Victor Mitchell Theatre at the Pumphouse Theatres (2140 Pumphouse Ave SW)