Current Classes

Clown 2: Voice, Material, and Performance - Register Online

Clown Class Chicago

Prerequisite: Clown 1 or equivalent. Clown 2 focuses on finding your unique artistic voice, generating material, and developing it for the stage. This class culminates in a public performance on December 12th at 8pm at HQ. The three areas of focus on this advanced clown class are: 1. Continuing to explore the world of Clown as a performance art through exercises and improvisation. 2. Generating original material using improvisation, writing structures, costume, and character. 3. Developing and honing that material to perform in the final show. Space is limited. Register online...

Dates: Mondays November 7 - December 12  (6 classes which includes a final show on 12/12 at 8pm)
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: $250
HQ - 1914 N. Milwaukee 3rd Fl., Chicago IL
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Clown 1: Presence and Play

Clown Class Chicago

No prerequisite. This class in the art of Clown will strip away your layers of self-consciousness so that you can unleash your self and really start to play with passion. The class focuses on the art of Clown in the context of Theater, Comedy, and Circus. Exersizes in clowning, physical comedy, and improvisation are used to heighten one's natural sense of play and self discovery. Learn to establish a direct and profound relationship with an audience and become complicit with scene partners while moving through performance space with musicality. Students will amaze themselves as they begin to master the skillful juxtaposition of emotional blundering and physical precision. Space is limited. Register online...

Dates: Mondays September 12 - October 24th (No class on September 26th)
Time: 7-10pm
Cost: $250
Instructor: Dean Evans
HQ - 1914 N. Milwaukee 3rd Fl. Chicago IL

Previous Classes

Bouffon: Workshop

This intensive is great for Comedians, Clowns, Performance Artists, Pranksters, the irreverent, and the social conscience. This 4 hour workshop, requires no previous experience, and focuses on the world of Bouffon. Bouffon is the art of mockery and manipulation, sometimes referd to as the anit-clown. In this class we'll explore reshaping our form into the grotesque, finding pleasure in mockery, and developing a socially conscience voice. Using exercises in satire, clown, and bafoonery, we'll created dynamic characters to challenge an audience. Space is limited. Register online...

Feldenkrais Method: Awareness Through Movement

Feldenkrais

This 4 week workshop is an introduction to 'Awareness Through Movement' , a somatic learning method created by physicist and Judo master, Moshe Feldenkrais. By exploring small and isolated movements, new possibilities of moving with ease and comfort are discovered. This hour long class will help students reduce tension and pain through guided lessons that explore the mind- body connection. This is an non-performative class.

Clown 2: Voice, Material, and Performance

Clown Class Chicago

Prerequisite: Clown 1 with Dean Evans. Clown 2 focuses on finding your unique artistic voice, generating material, and developing it for the stage. This class culminates in a public performance on April 18th at 8pm at HQ. The three areas of focus on this advanced clown class are: 1. Continuing to explore the world of Clown as a performance art through exercises and improvisation. 2. Generating original material using improvisation, writing structures, costume, and character. 3. Developing and honing that material to perform in the final show. Space is limited. Register online...

Mime

This full 8 week program is an introduction to the art form of Mime. Through a disciplined approach that includes floor and barre work, performance exercises, and classical technique, students ascend to a new level of physical awareness using the grammar of Mime. In this introduction to the techniques of Marcel Marceau, Etienne Decroux, and Stephen Niedzialkowski, students focus on physical characters, object work, and ensemble performance as they journey beyond words to share silent narrative with an audience. Space is limited.

Workshop: Audience Participation

Live performance is magical because of it's ability to get people in a room together, sharing a unique experience, and beginning a real conversation. Instructor Dean Evans draws on years of theatrical clowning, experience as a Neofuturist performing in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, and performing as the entity known as Honeybuns. Students will explore: bringing people on stage, going into the house, creating interactive material, site specificity, psychological techniques, and taking them to the streets. Engage an audience in a way that allows them to be relaxed and uninhibited. Excellent for performance artists, comedians, clowns, risk takers, pranksters and humans. Wear something you are comfortable moving in.

 

Physical Comedy Workshop - Slapstick

Don't fight dirty, fight funny. This workshop offers an environment to learn and develop skills in slapstick comedy and the creation of physical gags or "Schtick". Using slaps, kicks, rolls, trips, pokes, and the art of the pratfall, students will create hilarious situations of comic conflict. Students learn physical comedy elements and structure taken from the classic cinema as well as contemporary physical comedy and modern theatrical clown. This class will also explore status as a driving force behind physical comedy. Students will develop exquisite timing and the skillful execution required for the performance of slapstick comedy as well. Learn to be funny within your body. No Experience required. All ages and backgrounds welcome. Reserve your spot by registering online.

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Class Discounts:

Discounts apply to local classes only. Discounts are also subject to availability of space in class.

Now offering a 10% discount for:
- performing ensembles of 3 or more taking the same class,
- repeating a class

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