18th June 2018
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An exploration of using clowning techniques to create characters without text. In this practical workshop exploring clown techniques of self and group awareness, comedic timing, embracing failure and the joy of simplicity to create character and wordless visual theatre. Participants will learn basic techniques of contemporary clown and get the opportunity to apply them directly to composing character and short narratives. We will use facial expression and physicality to tell stories without the need for words. Using direct audience address, elements of comic timing and the tricky art of simplicity we will look at how to build visual stories whilst listening to your audience and searching for laughter. This workshop will be a supportive environment to embrace failure onstage and the optimism of clown and enjoy your ridiculous self.
Melanie Jordan is an award winning performer, director and theatre maker based in Glasgow. Trained at Queen Margaret University and Ècole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, she is the resident Physical Theatre Practitioner with Surge, co-Artistic Director of Jordan & Skinner visual theatre company, and co-Artistic Director Clown Cabaret Scratch Night and Bouffon Scratchings. Melanie has co-created internationally touring productions with companies such as Faux Theatre, Organic Theatre, and is Associate Artist with Plutôt La Vie Theatre Company. Recent performing credits include 'At A Stretch' by Jordan & Skinner (Three Weeks Editors Award winner), 'Sanitise' by Jordan & Skinner (Fringe First Award winner) and 'Selkie' by Kay Singh (David MacLennan Award winner). Melanie also writes and performs in various clown and cabaret acts and teaches clown and physical theatre across Scotland. http://www.melanie-jordan.weebly.com