Wednesday, November 10, 2004

MotionFest, Physicality and Performing Arts Festival

I am currently in America, to present a sneak preview of Angels can Fly at MotionFest, the Physicality and Performing Arts Festival in Baltimore. MotionFest is a gathering, celebration, exchange of ideas and opportunity for performers to further their knowledge within the manipulative, movement, and variety arts.

Below is a list of the instructors and lecturers teaching at MotionFest 2004. "MotionFest strives to bring together the most incredible collection of available teachers. These are working professionals of our industry."

Karl Baumann - Star Cirque du Soleil character acrobat
Tom Casciero - Movement Artist
Alan Clay - Author, Performer, Director, Physical Comedy and Actor Instructor from New Zealand
Bob Fitch - Broadway Actor/Magician. Consultant to numerous stars
Geoff Hoyle - Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus, he's done everything! including teaching at Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theatre
Dominique Jando - Director of S.F. School of the Circus Arts, Founded numerous Circus Schools and competitions in France.
The Jokesters - Performers and professors of makeup application
Dick Monday - Former RBBB Circus Clown College Director, Founder of NYGoofs, hilarious!
Karen Hurll Montanaro - Mime and movement specialists
Robert Nelson -aka The Butterfly Man, street performer emeritus
Michael Rock - Second City Theatre staff improv instructor
Steve Smith - 10 yr director of Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College
Joanie Spina - Performer/Dancer and Choreographer for Magicians including David Copperfield

I will be presenting the following workshops at MotionFest:

Exploring Modern Clown. Modern clown is irreverent, it is informed by the inter-activity of the street, and it is vulnerable, rather than hidden by character, make up, or costume. Clown is an art form which has existed for thousands of years, and undergone a revolution in recent times, as it made the leap back from circus into theatre, giving birth to 'new clown' and physical theatre. This workshop takes a broad view of clown, which allows participants room to develop their own unique style. The workshop starts with a yoga warm up, followed by exercises to develop physical and emotional expression, and improvisational exercises to develop comic timing and audience rapport. Instructor: Alan Clay

Sneak Preview: Angels can Fly, A Modern Clown User Guide. This workshop will provide a sneak preview into Alan Clay's latest book on clown, Angels can Fly, which will be published in May 2005. Clown is not an easy topic to learn from a book, or from a lecture, because it requires hands on experience. Alan is overcoming this limitation through a mix of theory on the art form, plus a fictional tale following the experiences of ten clown characters, and some anecdotes from personal experience. Like any good user guide, it also includes 50 practical clown exercises, some of which will be explored in this lecture workshop. Instructor: Alan Clay

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