Pochinko workshop in Brooklyn 3/21-4/22/10
Character Mask to Clown With Deborah Kaufmann
Inspired by the teachings of Richard Pochinko, Canadian clown master teacher
“If we face the six directions of self, we can’t help but laugh at the beauty and ridiculousness of all that we are.” — Richard Pochinko
This investigation is an inspiring way for the artist to make direct connection to aspects of his/her true self. In the spirit of physical discovery and playfulness we will visit our childhood room, experience a bittersweet goodbye, and find the personal meaning in the colors of the rainbow.
Then we will each make six masks: North, West, South, East, Above and Below. We will connect to and physicalize each direction and then create a clay mask. The masks are explored and a character is developed for each one. All six characters are combined to create a persona that is unique, with a deeply personal mythology and imagined environment that can be used for exploration and the development of new material.
For artists in all disciplines and the seriously curious.
March 21 through April 22, 2010 (First Day of Spring to Earth Day).
Sundays and Thursdays; 5 weeks
March 21 3-8 pm, Then Thursdays, 6-9 pm, Sundays, 4-7 pm
$500.00, Scholarship available
Maximum 12 Students
Deborah Kaufmann has performed and taught Clown and Hospital Clowning in the US, and around the world. She has been the National Creative and Educational Coordinator of Big Apple Circus Clown Care since 1994. In that capacity she trains, coaches and directs, as she oversees the artistic quality and growth of more than 80 unique “clown doctors.” Of her 2006 performance at the New York Clown Theatre Festival, nytheatre.com said, “this performance gleams most brightly, with true mischief and solid will operating unfettered at maximum strength.” http://www.tooshorttofallover.
“It’s a dream to find a teacher who combines a sharp directorial eye, intuition as a clown, and a deep knowledge of techniques and material.
–Tanya Solomon, clown and burlesque performer
The supportive way in which Deborah taught really resonated for me.”
— an Australian Student