March 14, 2015

SUBLIME STUPIDITY I: An Introduction to Red Nose Theater Clown

An Introduction to Red Nose Theater Clown
(yours, that is) with Elizabeth Baron
Sponsored by Byrd Productions Physical Theater

Saturday and Sunday - April 11 & 12

The Fishtank Performance Studio

To REGISTER, email
If you need help with housing - let us know!
For more information about Byrd Productions go to:
or call 816-305-8188

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday (10am - 6pm)
After Party Sunday Night - TBA

Studio Location: Fishtank Performance Studios,
1715 Wyandotte St. Kansas City Mo.

Ages: 16 and Older
Class Size: Max. 10 / Min. 6
Clothing: Clothes you can move in - not too baggy
Color of clothes: Black preferred, or gray

WORKSHOP COST: $ 275 / $ 250 (Early Bird Discount)
EARLY BIRD: Deposit must be RECEIVED by MARCH 27!
DEPOSIT: $100 (Deposit is non-refundable and required to enroll in the workshop)

SUBLIME STUPIDITY: The focus of this weekend intensive workshop is on giving birth to your clown. The clown is based on you – your body, your movement, and many elements of you as yet unnoticed and/or un-celebrated. The tools we use to help you discover and begin to play as your clown are drawn from myriad Mask and Movement-Theater techniques and traditions. By identifying and learning to glory in what is uniquely and inherently stupid about each of us, we begin to know and embody our clowns. Ironically, these qualities, which we often are unaware of and/or struggle to keep hidden from those around us, are in fact the gateways to hysterically funny, profound and sublimely simple work.

This approach to clown is rigorous in terms of physicality and specificity. Participants will be asked to listen to themselves and to the reactions of the 'audience' (the rest of the class) with the intense curiosity of a scientist. Through the workshop, participants will gain the skills and insight to create in the moment, based on this 'listening.' They will also laugh a lot, quite hard, and probably be moved to tears by the other clowns. This blend of rigorous technique and laughter combines to birth and nurture the first days of play in the lives of each participant's clown.

The workshop is useful for performers and non-performers, alike! It helps us tap into a resource hidden inside each of us, providing us with insight, creativity and freedom for years to come.

ELIZABETH BARON is an award-winning teacher, director, actor and collaborative theater-maker. She leads mask, voice, acting, red nose, and movement workshops and classes throughout the US and Internationally. Elizabeth was part of the teaching team at GIOVANNI FUSETTI's international school of theater creation – HÈLIKOS: Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale, in Florence, Italy. She holds an MFA in Lecoq Based Actor-Created Physical Theater, from Naropa University/London International School of the Performing Arts (LISPA.)
She is known for her compassionate, humor-filled teaching style, and her deep love of and belief in the power of the Red Nose to unlock our hidden, delightful selves. Liz sees this work as an invaluable tool for the artist, connecting us to an endless source of creativity and poetry, and providing a treasure trove of insight and inspiration. All while being very stupid.

"Elizabeth Baron has been teaching for the last 5 years mostly in Europe, in high demand and now is teaching right here in Kansas City! This will be my 4th time to study with her. I'm SO excited. Woo Hoo!!!"

- Beth Byrd-Lonski

"Liz is a generous and committed artist and a sensitive, hearted and insightful teacher. Her clown, Mowanna, taught me about vulnerability and the openness of the clown heart. I am delighted to recommend her as a clown teacher: she will joyfully cast the spell of the red nose onto you."

-- Giovanni Fusetti

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