February 20-23, 2014
Master clown teacher Jan Henderson offers her 4-day introductory workshop, suitable for both performers and non-performers. Noses provided.
Using the fundamentals of mask technique, participants will discover and develop their Inner Fool – an alter ego character that lives to play and have fun!
• Live in the moment
• Shoot from the heart
• Thrive on change
• Laugh at failure
• Enjoy the healing power of humour
Jan Henderson’s clown workshops have been a catalyst for creative awakening for people from all walks of life, including researchers, designers, entrepreneurs, health care professionals, fine artists, and more.
• Instructor: Jan Henderson, assisted by Christine Lesiak
• Dates: February 20-23, 2014
• Hours: 10 am – 6 pm (28 hours of instruction)
• Location: University of Alberta Fine Arts Building (FAB), room 3-125
• Cost: $400 if you register before January 25th, $425 after January 25th. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your registration
• Maximum class size: 12 participants
• For more information or to register contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by Small Matters Productions (www.smallmatters.ca)
Jan Henderson is one of Canada’s leading clown and mask teachers. She studied and performed extensively with clown and mask teacher, Richard Pochinko, and in 1975 co-founded with him what is now the Theatre Resource Centre, Toronto. From 1982-1992, Jan was co-artistic director and performer with internationally acclaimed Small Change Theatre. She is on the Creative Faculty of the Leadership Development program at the Banff Centre, facilitates workshops through her company, Fool Moon Productions (www.foolmoon.org), and is a recipient of Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award. Currently, Jan teaches clown and mask in the drama department at the University of Alberta where she has received three awards for excellence in teaching. She is also resident director of Edmonton clown company, Small Matters Productions, whose critically-acclaimed and award-winning shows have toured festivals in Western Canada, the Toronto Festival of Clowns, and the New York International Clown Theater Festival.
Christine Lesiak is an Edmonton-based clown-theatre artist and co-artistic director of Small Matters Productions. She is co-creator/performer of three red-nose Rocket & Sheshells clown shows, and most recently writer/solo-performer of Ask Aggie. Christine has performed her shows at festivals throughout Western Canada, at the Toronto Festival of Clowns and the New York Clown Theater Festival. She curates Edmonton’s Fool’s Gold Cabaret which incorporates a mentorship program for developing clown-theatre performers. Christine has trained extensively in clown theatre with Jan Henderson (Fool Moon Productions), Michael Kennard (Mump and Smoot), and Aitor Basauri (Spymonkey, UK) and bouffon with Adam Lazarus (QuipTake). Other key influences include improvisation (Rapid Fire Theatre, Keith Johnstone), puppetry (The Old Trout Puppet Workshop) and immersive theatre (Punchdrunk U.K).