CLOWN WORKSHOP with Jef Johnson

CRA’P Workshops 2024

Saturday 18 may from 15:30h to 19:30h and Sunday 19 May from 10h to 14h

Perhaps the greatest discovery for any performer is the alignment of the artistic self emaxpression with the living instinct. In nature, form comes into being. In ludic exploration, “game” comes into form in the moment of action and relationship of one thing to another. This is a bold and fundamental concept within Jef Johnson’s clown pedagogy. Being a participant in the immediate circumstance and experience is the first step. Learning to bridge the subjective experience with the objective encounter is key for discovering absurd logic, possibility, and personal humor.

This is at the very core of clown. The ability to be in the vibration of “stupid genius” with the confidence to discover, to connect the physical with the fantastic, to see any possibility in the moment. In this workshop we will explore: objective experience stupidity the senses spontaneous associations relationship with the immediate environment communication fascination curiosity surprise direct contact indirect contact impulses of individual experience corporeal transformation action sense of direction relationship with light and gravity forward action vs vacillating action perception and emotion transformation of emotional states energy tempo-rhythm Jef Johnson will introduce his pedagogy of creative discovery and apply this to the entrance and game of the clown, and also the game of life.

“The simplicity of naive existence is the root that nurtures all things.” Jef Johnson









Conducted by Jef Johnson

Fee: 77€ (55€ CRA’P collaborators and associated members / 60€ members of the APdC, APCC, AADPC, AGT and graduates from the Theatre Institute of Barcelona).

Registration: / 644 443 226

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Jef Johnson. Performer, Director, Public Speaker, and Pedagogue, Jef Johnson is consi-dered a reference in the field of performance and contemporary clown. His research and practice are based in empathy, naive experience, creative consciousness, “the emerging game,” patterned behavior and social identity. A principal artist (2005-2009) in the company of Slava’s Snowshow, (Off Broadway, Broadway and International Tours). Jef has also wor-ked with Cirque du Soleil as clown animator, special artistic consultant and workshop di-rector. Founding director of Jef Johnson’s Clown Lab in New York City, he is also a mas-ter faculty member at Nouveau Clown Institute. He has served as organizing faculty of Évora International Clown School, Évora, Portugal, Director of Faculty for l’Auguste Rendez-Vous and Auguste Studio, Montreal, and he is a contributor to Über den Clown, along with Dimitri, Popov, Leo Bassi, Gardi Hutter, Pierre Byland. His pedagogy is featured in Pedagogía Teatral y Expresión de la Intimidad, by Irlanda Paredes Hernandez. Jef has conducted over 600 master classes and workshops worldwide. His work has been com-missioned by many universities and companies, including: Cirque du Soleil, Slava’s Snowshow, Camp Broadway, The Texas Renaissance Festival, National College of Art and Design (Ireland) Scuola di Teatro Dimitri (Switzerland), Atelier Teatro Fisico Philip Ra-dice (Italy), American Circus (Chile), KICS International School in Khartoum (Sudan), Inter-national Theater Festival for Youth (Egypt), University of Salford (England), International Clown School at Pim Theater (Portugal). In USA: University of Illinois, University of Arkan-sas, University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Wesleyan University, New York University, CUNY, SUNY, and in Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autó-noma de México (UNAM), Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART), Universidad de Monte-rrey (UDEM), TEC Monterrey, Universidad de Quintana Roo (UQROO), Benemérita Uni-versidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (UAQ), Uni-versidad de Guadalajara (UDG), among others. His workshops have been supported by grants from the embassies of the USA and Spain, and many national and state departments of cultural interests. His works include: SENTIDO, OPEN SPACE, AZAR, SOGNO AL SI-LENZIO DEL PIANO, SOGNO A LUME DI CANDELA, SÓTÃO, MANANTIAL, WHITE NOISE, O-RÀN-GÉ, ANDA Y ONDA (with Diana Gadish Bonas), SENCILLO, PINCHE SHOW.

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