Toronto – February 2019: Clown Workshops with John Turner

John will be in Toronto this February 2019 for two great weekends!

In the spirit of clown work being an ongoing developing practice both of these weekend workshops can be repeated effectively many times. Each participant is engaged at their level of development and can always be working on new material or addressing issues in earlier work. In witnessing others working the advanced student is reminded of the importance of fundamentals and the newer student witnesses how far the work can go.

Additionally, people wishing to work in prearranged duos can also be accommodated. Some Joey & Auguste work or experience is beneficial. Those wishing to work in duos should discuss it with John in advance.

Weekend 1: Stretching and Strengthening Your Clown
February 1st-3rd (Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 1-8pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm)

Weekend 2: Toronto Clown Turns Workshop
Feb 8-10 (Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 1-8pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm)

These two workshops combined represent a shortened version of the full 50-hour Boot Camp offered here at the MCCP on Manitoulin Island each summer. Space is limited so register soon!

Location: Both workshops will be held at Artists’ Play 201 – 401 Logan Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4M 2P2

Cost: Fee: $300 + $39 HST = $339.00 for each course or $500 + $65 HST=$565.00 for both.

Registration & Inquiries: To enroll please email michaelwilsonthompson@gmail.com indicating which weekend(s) you’re interested in. Don’t forget to include your name and number in addition to a quick summary of your previous clown experience.

This workshop is expected to fill up fast so RSVP today!


Weekend 1: Stretching and Strengthening Your Clown
Friday, Feb 1, 7:00 pm – 10 pm
Saturuday, Feb 2, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Feb 3, 10 am – 5 pm
$300.00 + $39.00 HST = $339.00 (16 hours)
(Take both workshops for $500.00 + $65.00 HST = $565.00)

This workshop is the next stage of exploration after Baby Clown. Using various writing from the body and mask development techniques and exercises, that evoke both left and right brain involvement, the participants explore their own unique approach to the creation of material. The worlds of the masks and colours are expanded upon (including the establishment of the gesture work) 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 material generated can then be used as a starting point for the following Turns Workshop.

Prerequisites: The Pochinko-style Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown) or Clown Through Mask (6 masks) .


Toronto Clown Turns Workshop
Friday, Feb 8, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, Feb 9, 1:00 pm – 8 pm
Sunday, Feb 10, 10 pm – 5 pm
$300.00 + $39.00 = $339.00 (17 hours)
(Take both workshops for $500.00 + $65.00 HST = $565.00)

This workshop is designed for those who wish to work on developing and performing short clown pieces. The majority of class time will be devoted to the creation of turns and on performance; with additional time for exercises, discussion, & the exploration of themes that arise during class.
Students should bring a short turn that is less than 5 minutes to work on during class. This can include work not traditionally considered clown (i.e. text, song or dance) especially if students wish to explore the broader application of clown and mask to a variety of performance genres.

While this course is largely designed for students who have completed the Pochinko Style Mask and Clown Intensive (Baby Clown) or Clown Through Mask (6 masks) is not a prerequisite. However, some clown creation and performance experience is definitely a benefit.

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