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PRESENCE WORKSHOP
with John Beale

June 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Friday 6pm-9pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-5pm
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

Discover your inner idiot - fallible, sensitive, open, human, ridiculous and genius. If your pleasure play is great enough you will engage with a powerful force that connects you on a profound level to the audience, opening a channel between you and them.

This work helps us get unstuck. It teaches us to listen, to re-discover play, not to push too much or shy away but to let go and be attuned to the moment. It's a rudimentary practice for anyone.


"Finding one’s own Clown, in other words an absolute unique idiotic character, is an important moment in an actor’s life. The Clown’s way of playing is a special one. He is not only using his normal virtuosity as an actor, but he also has a frequently appearing playmate: - flop -. With this training we call him Mister Flop and we treat him with a hell of a lot of respect. Playing with Mister Flop happens after many, many other flops that weren’t at all deliberate. Mr. Flop will say to theClown: “You are in the shit. Salvage what you can“. The great delight of being on stage, combined with childish pleasure, fun and perhaps a very special yell make us love him and the Clown is off to save the show. If the pleasure in staying on stage is great, then the Clown will be forgiven. He’s allowed to be no good over and over. If the pleasure is not great enough, the clown will look like someone ashamed at being no good. He won’t be loved. With this work people have to find a way of being beautiful and surprising... and by beautiful I mean being in the grip of pleasure or freedom".

Philippe Gaulier

PAST PARTICIPANTS

Actors, dancers, filmmakers, painters, musicians, writers, stand-up comics, poets, teachers, acrobats, lawyers, clowns, doctors, public speakers, life coaches, facilitators, administrators, toy-makers, Gestalt therapists, HR, fine artists, surfers, rocket-scientists, computer programmers, inventors, Feldenkrais practitioners, massage therapists, chefs, event planners, mindfulness practitioners, psychotherapists, social workers, university professors and many others.

ABOUT JOHN BEALE

John Beale is a Toronto-based actor and teacher. A graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris, John also trained, performed and taught extensively with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is an artistic associate with reWork Productions in Toronto. He has been holding publicly offered performance workshops since 2005. More at www.johnbeale.net.

Cost: $300 + HST
50% discount for returning students
20% discount for Equity and ACTRA
Pre-registration and payment is required
Space will be limited to 14 people.

REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION
john@johnbeale.net
416-892-4322
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