CLOWNING FOR DANCERS

Explore the joy of movement mixed with the hard-biting truth of the present moment.

This class is for dancers and movers of all kinds who want to explore the ridiculous, the weird and the joy within.

I’ve found that clowning as a training tool for dancers helps us get out of our heads and back into the room; it helps us make connections with our audiences; and gives us permission to try things out and commit fully without worrying if it’s right or wrong.

In this 6-week class we will explore the joy of play, presence, nonverbal communication, puppetry of the body, a trip on the old emotional rollercoaster and duo dynamics. Throughout this, you will start to find the foundations of your clown persona. We will work towards crafting a “turn” – a short individual performance with multiple chances to present and receive direct feedback.

Wednesdays, 6-9pm

Oct. 19 & 26, Nov. 2 & 9, 23 & 30th

(note: no class on Nov. 16)

@ the Winchester Theatre

(80 Winchester St. Toronto)

$280+HST

Registration is required to attend. You can use the Registration form at the bottom of this post or send an email to afieldofcrowns@gmail.com

A limited number of spaces are available.


Andrew Gaboury as his clown Trowel (photo: Colleen Snell)

Andrew Gaboury has been clowning for a decade, studying closely with Helen Donnelly and performing at festivals and on stage nationally (World Stage Design 2022, Calgary) and internationally (Ei! Marionetas, Portugal). As a collaborating artist with Frog in Hand, Andrew leads the Summer Company in clown training and performance. Andrew’s clown projects have performed for thousands of audience members at events and festivals across the GTA. Alongside Derek Kwan, Andrew is also co-executive director of Red Nose Remedy, a therapeutic clowning not-for-profit that brings the art of clown to people in healthcare settings through compassionate connection, lightness and joy.


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A. Gaboury

Although his training is in devised theatre, playwriting and physical performance, Andrew spends most of his time dreaming beneath those beautiful willows.