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Class Weekend Intensive
Dates February 2nd & 3rd, 2019
Times 10am-4pm, daily
Location PAM Residences, 5810 1/2 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90042
Instructor Mike Funt
Cost $200

Since the dawn of humankind, Clowns have served as leaders in communication and healing process. Long before the clown was a staple in circuses and theatres, he featured as a prominent part in Tribal Rituals and Ceremonies in cultures all over the world. Borrowing from its shamanistic roots, this class will explore how Clown and Performance can be a place of shared communal, transformative experience. The class will explore Balinese Masked Clown Ceremonies, Hopi Rituals, ecstatic festivals like Mardis Gras and Carnivåle, Commedia dell’Arte, Noh, the Holy Fool Traditions, Heyokah, Clown Traditions of the Pueblo, Dakota, and Zuni Tribes, the Trickster figures of Coyote and Raven, and many more.

While this class serves as excellent actor and performer training, the focus is more on developing the self holistically and developing and sense of community with those around you, similar to the goals of Yoga and Meditation. The class will feature improvised clown activities, prepared pieces, personal story-telling, and discussion. A well-known clown once said, “The clown is not about making the audience laugh. The clown is about changing the way the audience breathes.” Join us for this and release your fearlessness and playfulness while finding the sublime in the ridiculous and the ridiculous in the sublime.

Ages 18 and older.

Prerequisite: None. All experience levels welcome!

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We require a $100 non-refundable, but transferable, deposit to hold your place in this class. To book your spot, add this class to your cart, fill out the form, and make a purchase. If you have any questions prior to or after making your purchase, please do not hesitate to contact Chae at administrator@theclownschool.com. You will receive a balance invoice roughly a week before class begins. Your balance will be due, in full, by the start of your first day.