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Calgary Clown Festival Workshops

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Learn the unique art of clown with the serious—but not so serious—workshops at the Calgary Clown Festival, September 9 to 13, 2019!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get into the art of clown? Well now is the chance to discover the serious—but not so serious—art of clown through three unique workshops offered by the Calgary Clown Festival. These workshops will explore the fundamental dynamics of clowning, how to laugh at yourself, physical movement, improvisation, and much more!

Five-Day Intensive Workshop with Jon Davison

This five-day intensive workshop explores the fundamental dynamics of clowning, how to convert our habitual fear of ridicule into the pleasure of laughing at ourselves, and in turn, using it to make other laugh and experience the freedom of the clown. Jon Davison is one of the most sought-after clown teachers worldwide with over 35 years experience as a clown performer, teacher, director, writer, and researcher. Join Jon as he delves into the simple exercises rooted in laughter response in order to access clowning in the most direct manner possible!

Date: Monday, September 9 – Friday, September 13, 2019, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Registration: $650 plus fees

The Art of Physical Comedy Workshop for Teens and Adults with Cheryl Hutton

This workshop for teens and adults will expand your physical vocabulary and develop tools for playing comedy using the techniques of physical impulses, improvisation, slapstick, to find “happy accidents” in solo and group exercises. Cheryl will teach you how to get specific with your body’s physical actions and reactions and avoid being the oh-so-boring “talking head” on stage. Cheryl is a Calgary based theatre performer, voice-over recording artist, an ensemble member of Dirty Laundry and instructor of Physical Theatre/Comedy workshops in Calgary! Cheryl is the co-founder of the physical comedy theatre company Trepan Theatre. Join Cheryl as she dives into the magical possibilities of physical theatre!

Teens: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Ages: 13-17
Registration: $35 plus fees

Adults: Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Registration: $50 plus fees

About Pumphouse Theatre Society

Pumphouse Theatre has been a home for Calgary’s emerging performing arts scene for over 40 years and is committed to not only providing a high-quality venue for the arts but also to keeping the venue affordable for Calgary’s arts community. The Pumphouse Theatre Society is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of our community through the provision of affordable, accessible facilities, learning opportunities for youth, and a diversity of programming.

About Calgary Clown Society

The Calgary Clown Society is a group of like-minded artists specializing in physical theatre and clown. The goal is to unite all of the artists in Calgary that identify as clowns by creating a space for them to play and explore in this ever-expanding and changing art form.

For more information or inquiries contact Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, Pumphouse Theatre Society, by email at or by phone 403.263.0079 Ext. 100.

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