•  Workshops 2015
 Canada
  Toronto Festival of Clown
SOLO-SHOW CREATION: FROM JEU TO CHARACTER
With Adam Lazarus
Adam Lazarus is an award-winning Canadian actor, director and acting instructor with an expertise in solo show creation. He has refined a method of solo-performance creation based on years of experience working with thousands of artists, students and professionals in Canada, the USA and Europe. This workshop will give participants new perspectives and approaches to their creation of solo work. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, this course is an active, on-your-feet approach to creating material – the opposite of confessional and psychological solo-show creation. Rather, games and exercises will be used to challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions, to ultimately find characters and stories worth writing for the stage. In the workshop, students will: Explore different forms, including: clown, bouffon, melodrama, jeu and character Refine the skills of play, presence, space, rhythm, fixed point, complicity, focus, flop and play Develop performance and dramaturgy skills Create characters and narrative possibilities Be guided and coached by Adam Refine scenes and characters Leave the workshop with a concrete concept for their own solo show Whether a student is interested in physical theatre, period piece, naturalism, absurdism, comedy, tragedy, or dance, they will be guided towards their own personal approach to creating their own solo work.

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