Happenstance Theatre’s physical comedy workshop
Explore the genre of physical comedy and learn how to make an audience laugh without using words. This workshop explores physical techniques that support comic performance, with exercises in stillness, focus, reaction, status, the inclusion of the audience and theatrical clowning. Students develop an understanding of the importance of timing in comedy…and of course, no physical comedy workshop would be complete without learning a bit of Slapstick, without getting hurt!
Mark Jaster draws on his training with Étienne Decroux and Marcel Marceau. Sabrina draws on her training in the LeCoq pedagogy with Dody DiSanto with concentration in the realm of the theatrical clown. Their complementary approaches combine to address nuts-and-bolts physical, technical and structural skills and the more esoteric issues of honesty, presence and accessibility.
The workshop will take place at 10am, prior to Pinot & Augustine’s show on the Astor stage at 3pm. For ages 8-15 it will last approximately 2 hours. Priced at $10.
HAPPENSTANCE THEATER is an award-winning, professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theater. With the simplest means – movement, silence, theatrical clown, music, text, physical comedy and beauty – we seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often discovered by happenstance.