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Fearless Devotion to Play: A Clown Workshop with Dan Griffiths (Portland)

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4625 SE 67th Ave

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Fearless Devotion to Play: A Clown Workshop with Dan Griffiths
A two day workshop open to all who wish to discover and deepen an authentic experience with other humans.

Discover the Clown. Take the risk of being vulnerable for an audience. What does it mean to be funny? In this workshop students will explore various points of departure: generosity, wonder, resilience, and timing toward the generation of a playful spirit and the will to delight an audience. You will be asked to delve into specific aspects of imagination, physical comedy, character, and improvisation in order to ready yourself for a kind of fearless devotion to play.

In this workshop you will expand your awareness to include the audience and yourself in the same breath. You will strive to be responsible, able and willing to respond onstage in a state of true play and discovery. You will risk vulnerability as you discover realms of beauty and grotesquery devising original characters and new material. You will learn to confront the audience, find your breath, discover your body, and play.

How do you create humor in front of a live audience? By having an ACTUAL experience onstage. How do you create spontaneity while maintaining truth in the moment? You RISK. Play is action and the action is all for ‘them’ as it occurs to you. It is whimsical and everything is at once discovered and planned. The play is not a previously organized and envisioned set of circumstances unrelated to the audience. The play is pulled from the very desire to show them something, to combine images, emotion and situation together to tell a profound story. Don’t worry about things ‘making sense’ or ‘being correct’. Whatever occurs to the character you are living is in the moment, and therefore undeniably true and acceptable. How do your partners affect you? How does the audience affect you? How do you remain emotionally and physically receptive?

In this 2-day workshop you will explore the generation of a playful spirit and develop your impulse to delight an audience with humor and spontaneity. Our focus is on character, state of play, and the creation of new work.
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2 day workshop : 12 hours of study
Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun: 1:30 - 7:30
Performance Works Northwest
4625 SE 67th Ave, Portland, OR 97206
Cost: $250
Limit 12 students.
415-990-6336

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