Interplay and Sacred Clown Workshop
â€œClowning Around: InterPlay and Sacred Clown,â€ a workshop facilitated by Jean Carlos Claudio and Agnotti on Wednesday, will take place on March 28th from 6:30pm-9pm at Cup & Spoon 2415 W North Ave.
This is a community event that happens monthly. Admission is priced on a sliding scale.Â This month, the event is a lighthearted evening of spontaneous connection and clowning around. They will delve into InterPlayâ€™s fun and easy practices of movement, storytelling, and voice as well as tap into sacred clowning using authentic emotions to find the hilarity in human responses.
If you aren’t familiar with the term Interplay, you should be. Interplay is a form or style of storytelling and movement that attempts to unlock creativity, connect people back to authentic movements and emotions, and Â It combines ideas from practices in storytelling, authentic movement, dance, improvisation, and clowning to help practitionersÂ connect the heart, mind, body, and soul together.Â It was founded by California based performers and philosophers Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, whoÂ together operate a nonprofit called Body Wisdom that encompasses all of the Interplay activities.
More info about this work at www.interplay.org
The workshop will be facilitated by Agnotti Cowie,Â a Chicago native who facilitates workshops employing a variety of pedagogical techniques such as InterPlay, Theatre of the Oppressed and Devising to engage cross-cultural narratives. Since 2011, she has been an executive member of the national InterPlay Board of Directors as well as recently being hired as their MillennialÂ Liaison.Â More info about Agnotti is available on her website http://www.agnotti.org
The other facilitator will be Jean Carlos Claudio, who is a Puerto Rican acrobat, juggler and clown.Â I most recently saw him in the Actors Gymnasium show