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Théâtre Organic & Happy to be Happy

Present

International Workshop On Hospital Clowning

 1st Edition

     In Barcelona, From 13-31, october 2014

Directors:

Sophie GAZEL and Michael CHRISTENSEN 

 

Historical overview:

In 1986, Michael Christensen founded the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, a program that integrates professional performing artists into leading pediatric hospitals in the United States. The program has inspired a worldwide profession, hospital clowning. In the past 27 years, the profession of Hospital Clowning has exploded. In Brazil alone there are 350 separate hospital clowning programs. At the first International Conference on Hospital Clowning held in Jerusalem in October of 2011, over 200 professional hospital clowns from 22 countries convened to share experiences, participate in workshops and hear research studies that support the positive effects humor on ill children, their parents and caregivers.

In 2001, Sophie Gazel and Pablo Contesabile founded Theatre Organic, a French/Argentine theater company. As well as producing plays, Theatre Organic also creates intensive training conferences and workshops in a variety of theatrical disciplines including acting, mask, dance, music, movement, voice, improvisation, clowning for the stage and the hospital.

The Workshop

In October, 2014, Michael Christensen and Sophie Gazel will partner to create an International Workshop for Hospital Clowning in Barcelona, Spain. They will select 24 professional hospital clowns from a variety of professional hospital clowning programs around the world to participate in an intensive three week long workshop. The instructors will be of a handful of international teachers experienced in various aspects of hospital clowning.

It is fitting that the International Workshop for Hospital Clowning be held in Barcelona! It is also the embodiment of the dynamic energy and cultural diversity of the profession and the workshop. Cultural diversity! Do artists from different countries perform the work differently? Yes, they do. Each culture has its own unique sense of humor. In some cultures, music is much more integrated into the work than in other cultures. In some cultures, the approach is extraverted and energetic while in others internal and soft. In some cultures, artists rely on speech much more than in other cultures. This workshop will give artists from around the world the opportunity to learn from each other, to share and celebrate their distinct cultural differences. The participants will not only learn from the instructors but also from each other! The finest teachers and the finest tools will result in valuable experiences and insights that will enable the artists to perform their jobs as hospital clowns better and will inspire their colleagues no matter what their country of origin.

Yes, cultures vary. Humor varies. Artists may do the work differently but we are all committed to the same purpose: to bring the very best of who we are as professional artists to the bedsides of hospitalized children, their parents and caregivers.

Teachers:

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Michael CHRISTENSEN

For 45 years, Michael Christensen has been a performing artist, lecturer, workshop leader and innovator in integrating humor into healthcare, most notably pediatric hospitals worldwide.  In 1977, he co-founded Big Apple Circus and in1986 founded Big Apple Circus Clown Care. Michael has been a guest lecturer at the University of Tel Aviv, the Italian Federation of Hospital Clowning and the Scandinavian Humor Conference. He has presented at Medical Grand Rounds at Children’s Hospital Boston, Children’s National Medical Center. He was designated a NY Living Landmark.  He was the recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award, Red Skelton Community Service Award, Parenting Magazine Achievement Award and is an Ambassador David Waters Pediatric Hall of Fame inductee. Michael has conducted hospital clowning workshops all over the world and is considered the “Father of Hospital Clowning”.

http://bigapplecircus.org/clown-care

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Sophie GAZEL

Sophie Gazel has been a prominent director and acting teacher since 1997. She graduated from the London International School of Philipe Gaulier in 2001.  She also trained during this time with members of “Theatre Complicite” and John Wright. In France, she worked with Norman Taylor, Alain Mollot, Jos Houben, Paola Rizza, Tapa Sudana, and Mas Soegeng. In 2001, with Pablo Contestabile, Ms. Gazel founded the Theatre Organic company. Theatre Organic created the first International Workshops Festival for Actors in 2001 in France and then in 2006 in Buenos Aires.

Since 2009, she has been regularly coaching hospital clowning groups including Pallapupas in Barcelona. She has developed specialized training for improvisational work in medical settings. Since 2012, she has worked with CliniClowns Austria, Kliniclown Bayern and various other groups in Germany.

www.theatre-organic.com

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Haim ISAACS

Born in New York 1957, Haim grew up in Jerusalem. After a formal education in music,
Haim met and was deeply influenced by the Roy Hart Theatre, a group of vocal explorers in the south of France. 
After living and working with the Roy Hart Theater for 4 years, Haim moved to Paris where he composes, sings, improvises, writes fiction and teaches voice.

Haim designs his workshops for professional singers, musicians, storytellers, dancers, acrobats and clowns.  He has collaborated with Rire Medecin in France, Samovar school for clowns, Ami Hattab, Lori Lesson, Fred Robbe,  Buzzing Red Clowns in Holland, Payasospital, Pallapupas in Spain.  He has also led voice and music workshops for Theatre Organic in Argentina, School of Dramatic Arts in Spain, Ferme de Trielle and Theatre in Savoie in France.

Haim has done vocal direction for different musical and musical theatre productions including Philippe Genty Company, Comédie Poitou—Charentes (Yves Beauesne), Theatre du Temps Pluriel, Shpeilkes, Tram des Balkans.

www.haimisaacs.com

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Jean Claude COTILLARD

Medical staff usually walk through the doorway to enter a hospital room.  Hospital clowns have been known to walk into the door when attempting to enter a hospital room!  Jean-Claude Cotillard brings a lifetime of experience as an actor, director, mime and most importantly for the International Workshop on Hospital Clowning, as a specialist in  slapstick and burlesque. In 2006, Mr. Cottillard received the Molière Award for Moi Aussi Je Suis Catherine Deneuve. He has written and directed several successful works including “Jouissance Burlesque: Le Travail”, “La Vie en Rose”, “Occupe-Toi de Moi”, “Trekking” and “Les hommes Naissent tous EGO”.

http://esadparis.fr

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Eric De Sarria

He has primarily worked as actor since 1988  with the international Philippe Genty Company. His training is in visual theatre in the craft of puppetry and the manipulation of materials. Between 1989 and 2002, Eric toured all over the world, with Philippe Genty’s company performing the show, Drifting, Dedalus from 1998 to 2000, and since 2000 he has been  touring with Zigmund Follies, a finger puppet show. He has led workshops in visual theatre and puppetry in France, South Africa, Japan, Australia,  Brazil, and Egypt. Eric has also directed several plays: in France, a play for children with a sculptor, a monolog and a cabaret about a French writer, Henry Michaux. in Catalunia, he worked as a manipulation consultant for Playground Company. He was assistant on The Giant Match-meet my in-laws (giant puppets),  and in Russia, he wrote and directed Commune Empreinte, and most recently, adapted and directed The Noze from Gogol. He has worked as clown in a circus, as an actor in several street theatre companies and in the conventional theatre company, Burattini, Theatre de l’Unité. For several years, he has assisted Philippe Genty.

 http://www.philippegenty.com

Program


Download the complete program (PDF)

Week One

Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th of October

Teachers : Michael Christensen & Sophie Gazel

Specific exercises designed to cultivate group trust, playfulness, safety, openness, positive spirit, freedom and authentic presence.

Wednesday 15th of October

Teacher : Jean Claude Cotillard

  • Burlesque routines and movement.

Thursday 16th of October

Teacher : Jean Claude Cotillard

  •  Burlesque routines and movement.

Friday 17th of October

Teacher : Jean Claude Cotillard

  • Burlesque routines and movement.

Week Two

Monday 20th of October

Teacher : Eric de Sarria

  • Utilizing Objects as Hospital Clowning Partners

Tuesday 21st of October

Teacher : Eric de Sarria

  • Utilizing Objects as Hospital Clowning Partners

Wednesday 22nd of October

Teachers : Eric de Sarria & Haim Isaacs
  • Utilizing Objects as Hospital Clowning Partners
  • Integrating Music, Voice and Rhythm into Hospital Clowning.

Thursday 23rd of October

Teachers : Eric de Saaria & Haim Isaacs

  • Utilizing Objects as Hospital Clowning Partners
  • Integrating Music, Voice and Rhythm into Hospital Clowning.

Friday 24th of October

Teachers : Michael Christensen, Sophie Gazel & Haim Isaacs
  • More Hospital Clowning Tools: Improvisation, musical wash, medical parody and sublime moments.
  • Integrating Music, Voice and Rhythm into Hospital Clowning.

Week Three

Monday 27th of October

Teachers : Michael Christensen, Sophie Gazel & Haim Isaacs
  • More Hospital Clowning Tools: Improvisation, musical wash, medical parody and sublime moments.
  • Integrating Music, Voice and Rhythm into Hospital Clowning.

Tuesday 28th of October

Teachers : Michael Christensen, Sophie Gazel & Haim Isaacs
  • More Hospital Clowning Tools: Improvisation, musical wash, medical parody and sublime moments.
  • Integrating Music, Voice and Rhythm into Hospital Clowning.

Wednesday 29th of October

Teachers : Michael Christensen, Sophie Gazel & Haïm Isaacs
  • More Hospital Clowning Tools: Improvisation, musical wash, medical parody and sublime moments.
  • Integrating Music, Voice and Rhythm into Hospital Clowning.

Thursday 30th of October

Teachers : Michael Christensen & Sophie Gazel 
  • More Hospital Clowning Tools: Improvisation, musical wash, medical parody and sublime moments.

Friday 31th of October

Teachers : Michael Christensen & Sophie Gazel 
  • More Hospital Clowning Tools: Improvisation, musical wash, medical parody and sublime moments.

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Download the complete program (PDF)

To participate, please email us your CV and photo theatre.organic@gmail.com

The workshop is limited to 24 participants

USA : (01-610) 751 42 91 /  France: (33)6 61 84 96 86