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Workshop (Edmonton): Neutral Mask Intensive – Toy Guns Dance Theatre

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Workshop (Edmonton): Neutral Mask Intensive – Toy Guns Dance Theatre

The Neutral Mask

Neutral Mask Intensive for Dancers and Actors w/ Jan Henderson

Presented by Toy Guns Dance Theatre
Tuesday & Sunday afternoons, Feb 14-Mar 14, 2017.

You already are what you strive to be

Open to actors, dancers, and artists of all ages and experience levels.

The Neutral mask is the one that allows us to take off all our other masks. It was originally developed by Jacques Lecoq as a learning tool for actors – to develop emotional honesty and economy of movement, and to give them an inner core that is balanced, centred and focused while they express powerful emotions on stage. The Neutral mask allows those who wear it to get in touch with their most authentic, intuitive self.

Jan regularly teaches Neutral mask within the Grant McEwan University and University of Alberta conservatory acting programs, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity.


Instructor: Jan Henderson
Dates: Tuesday & Sunday afternoons Feb 14 – Mar 14, 2017
Hours: Tuesdays 1–5 pm, Sundays 2-5 pm (9 classes – 32 hours of instruction)
Location: Dance Code Studio, 10575-115 St., Edmonton
Cost: $400, register online here.
Maximum class size: 12 participants

For more information, or to register contact:

Deadline to register: February 14, 2017.

Participants must commit to attend the first three classes. After the first three classes, absences should be discussed with the instructor.

About Jan Henderson

Jan HendersonJan Henderson is one of Canada’s leading clown and mask teachers. She studied and performed extensively with clown and mask teacher, Richard Pochinko, and co-founded the Theatre Resource Centre, Toronto, with him in 1975. 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 (, 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 four 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.

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