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Workshop (Edmonton): Intro to Clown – Michael Kennard

Workshop (Edmonton): Intro to Clown – Michael Kennard

June 21,22,23 , 2013, with Michael Kennard

FEE: $250 ($100 deposit required by June 7, 2013)
Minimum students – 8, maximum students – 12

Course Description
This is an introductory clown workshop 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. Students are then introduced to the clown world, where they will wear noses and hats to help discover their clown. An individual and group playground is created where the clown explores its’ physicality, innocence and experience, extremities and normalcies. The course culminates with students creating and presenting a short individual clown piece.

· Friday, June 21 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
· Saturday, June 22 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
· Sunday, June 23 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Location Edmonton, studio TBA.

To register, please mail or drop off a check and your name and number to;

Michael Kennard
6043 106 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T6H 2T5

You can also reach me at if you have any questions!

Michael Kennard’s Bio

Michael Kennard is best known as performer and co-creator, with John Turner of the Canadian clown duo, Mump & Smoot. Their shows have enjoyed great success in the Fringe Festivals as well as at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Dallas Theatre Centre, Off-Broadway in N.Y., as well as numerous Canadian Theatres. Michael has taught in Toronto at The SPACE- Studio for Physical and Clown Exploration and at Equity Showcase for fourteen years. Michael has also taught at the University of Tel Aviv, California State University, The Yale School of Drama, Colorado State University, University of Victoria, Bishops University, York University and currently teaches full time at the University of Alberta. Michael is a graduate from the University Of Guelph Drama program and has studied extensively in clown, improvisation, movement, physical comedy, and bouffon with Richard Pochinko, Ian Wallace, Phillipe Gaulier, Fiona Griffiths, John Towsen and The Second City.

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