Upcoming Courses

Moments to celebrate our animalness, our humanness, our larger sense of God,

moments when we touch each other deeply in a moment of laughter.”

Richard Pochinko

1/ Clowning Around with Shakespeare

The clowns are doing the Bard and they do him so well.  Bring in your favourite Shakespeare passage and we will find the ‘clown within’ to animate those grand speeches. The clown will tackle the text, wrestle meaning and emotion from it and emerge victorious with a fun and fulfilling interpretation of Shakespeare’s powerful and moving prose.

February 4 – March 25, 2013, (off Feb.18), Mondays 5:30-7:30 pm

$180.00 (U of T students and staff); $270.00 (non-members)
Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto.

For registration please contact Hart House at http://harthouse.ca/learn-discover/creative-classes/

‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’ Victor Borge

2/ SOMA LABORATOIRE: Ongoing classes in movement and body/mind research.

Dates and times to be announced

The basic principles of these workshops includes knowing what you are doing, working deeper into your physical instrument and developing improvisational skills in solo and group situations. This work is open to all who are interested in a richer life and performance experience and have a basic level of physical skills.

1) Movement & Improvisation: Explore your moving body as a tapestry of interconnected muscles, bones, joints and nerves. Improve flexibility, strength and endurance through physical games, dynamic movement and luxurious stretching. Develop concrete improvisational skills as you take your awakened body through an exploration of locomotion, shape, space, time and architecture.

2)SourceWork Weekend: This series is an exploration of body theatre and will enable the performer to train up aspects of their craft to elicit image, action and narrative.

“The awakened body takes initiatives, is no longer content to receive or to’ put up with’.

When we live in our body, we give body to our life.” Therese Bertherat


3/ BODY WILDERNESS, The Clown Farm, Manitoulin Island

July 22-28, 2013, Thursday – Sunday, 10am-5pm,  $395.00

All clowns need access to the sensory, feeling and intuitive bodies to augment interpretation, amplify authenticity, increase performance range and nurture artistic growth. This course will consist of a fun and eclectic mix of techniques to deepen the commitment to the clown and source new material for turns.

“ By becoming aware of our body we give ourselves access to our entire being – of body and spirit, mental and physical and ever strength and weakness, representing not our duality but our unity.” Therese Bertherat