Donna Oblongata (ACG '14) will lead this free workshop, made possible by an Art and Change grant from the Leeway Foundation. This three week intensive workshop introduces students to the work of Canadian clown and visionary teacher Richard Pochinko. Over the course of the workshop, students will create six clay masks, explore their body’s relationship to color, and hone their ability to follow their own impulses with an aim toward more honest, present, and fully alive performance.
But! This is not a workshop focused on being funny or physical comedy! Rather, it’s focused on digging deep into our own creativity, and finding stories, mythologies, and messages that live in the hidden, unlit back alleys of our own imaginations. In this workshop, we’ll throw some light into those spots and pull out whatever we find—performing and celebrating that which is most alive, sublime, and perfectly/imperfectly human within us.
Until now, Pochinko’s work has rarely (if ever) been taught in the US. And while there is no performance training or experience necessary, a commitment to participating for the full duration of the workshop is a must. It’s a significant time commitment (including some homework most days) so please consider this if you’re interested.
The workshop will be held in Philadelphia from Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm from December 1-19, 2014 (exact location TBA).
SPACE IS LIMITED! Think you’d like to participate? Please send a letter of interest with some information about yourself and what you’re hoping to get from a workshop like this. Skeptical? Intrigued? Unclear? Frustrated by alley metaphors? Send a letter of utter befuddlement! Contact: DonnaOblongata@gmail.com