Sunday, February 24
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Classroom B in the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre
Pay-What-You-Will at the door (cash, tap, credit)
Come dressed ready to move!
Every artist has a unique approach to their work. The playful physical activities in this session are designed to help participants recognize the subconscious aspect of their creative process, making them aware of their inherent, instinctive methodology – or Creative Rhythm Pattern.
The key to finding more flow, ease and pleasure in one’s creative process lies in the acceptance of one’s pattern – the more it is joyously embraced, the more energy is diverted from self doubt and applied to the actual task at hand.
For performers, this ability to recognize and allow the moment to moment physical/emotional impulses within an action can eliminate anticipation, and result in powerful stage presence.
When in doubt, follow the body – the body never lies!
Jan Henderson is one of Canada’s leading clown and mask teachers and directors. She studied and performed extensively with master teacher, Richard Pochinko, before co-founding with him what is now the Theatre Resource Centre, Toronto.
From 1982-91 she was co-artistic director and performer with internationally acclaimed Small Change Theatre, literally clowning her way around the world, discovering first hand that laughter is the universal language. Jan teaches at Grant McEwan University, Toy Guns Dance Theatre, and the University of Alberta, where she has received four awards for excellence in teaching. Her work is featured in the documentary Phyllis’s Miracle, the NFB film To Be A Clown, and the U of A films, The Art of Clowning and Clown and Mask. Jan is on the Creativity Faculty of the Leadership Development program at the Banff Centre, and is a recipient of Global Television’s 2005 Woman of Vision award. In 2014 she was nominated for an Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, and she received the 2018 Elizabeth Haynes Stirling Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton. Jan directs for Girl Clown Theatre and is co-artistic director of Small Matters Productions, whose shows have toured to festivals in Western Canada, the Toronto Festival of Clowns, Le Festival des Clown de Montreal, and the New York International Clown Theater Festival.
After a twenty-five year hiatus, she recently returned to the stage in the popular clownesque comedy, Over Her Dead Body, for Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Adventures, and she is the subject of a new documentary, now in production, called the The Wise Fool.