To Live and Die for the Crowd: Clowning for Improv with Chad Damiani

To Live and Die for the Crowd: Clowning for Improv with Chad Damiani

240.00

This intensive focuses on creating stakes in our performances. You’ll explore how to create more dynamic shows by embracing failure. Experiment with techniques that help you bypass judgment and surprise yourself with absurd choices. And you’ll learn how to harness the audience’s energy to drive your scenes, making them completely invested in the outcome.

Saturday June 15, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday June 16, 1pm - 5pm
Class Show Sunday June 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm

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TO LIVE AND DIE FOR THE CROWD: CLOWNING FOR IMPROV:

CLASS SPECIFICS

Saturday June 15, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday June 16, 1pm - 5pm
Class Show: Chad will live direct a class show on Sunday June 16, from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, all proceeds from the show will be split between the participants

ABOUT

Think about the role of a clown in the circus. They’re sent out after sword swallowers and fire breathers. Trapeze artists and tightrope walkers. Skilled performers who risk their lives for the crowd’s amusement. In order to compete with that kind of spectacle, the clown must find a way to risk just as much. So they do the one thing that scares people more than death. They fail. Utterly, deeply and completely. And the crowd loves them for it.

As performers, we focus too often on getting it right. We say too much and feel too little, speeding past our missteps, in pursuit of a better choice. The clown revels in their mistakes. They take the stage having promised too much and prepared too little. They double-down on bad ideas, leading them to outrageous and unpredictable predicaments. The clown thrives when they’re in trouble, because then they must do the impossible to save the show.

This intensive focuses on creating those stakes in our performances. You’ll explore how to create more dynamic shows by embracing failure. Experiment with techniques that help you bypass judgment and surprise yourself with absurd choices. And you’ll learn how to harness the audience’s energy to drive your scenes, making them completely invested in the outcome.


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ABOUT CHAD DAMIANI

Chad is a physical comedian, improviser, dancer and clown. That journey started for him in the late 1990s, when he worked as an announcer for World Championship Wrestling. He spent five years learning from some of the greatest physical improvisers in the world. After studying at long-form improv for many years, Chad discovered clown and idiot work. He combined these techniques (along with live music and costumes) to create Jetzo with his partner Juzo Yoshida. Jetzo performed over 600 shows, often featuring marquee guests from both the clown and improv world. In 2018, it was rated one of the best festival headliners in a national survey conducted by the San Francisco Improv Festival.

Chad continues to explore different ways to play. He’s a performer and co-producer of The Murge -- a monthly idiot show that LA Weekly called “the weirdest improv in LA.” He created Chad Live Directs a Workshop, where he live directs a group of strangers into creating a silent, improvised clown show – though many of the performers have zero clown experience. Chad also regular collaborates with Dr. Brown, an international clown whose solo shows have won awards at Edinburgh Fringe and the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Chad performs in and co-produces Dr. Brown Builds a Show, where an ensemble improvises and then creates fully-scripted narrative clown shows in four weeks. This group recently devised and starred in an FX series called TWO PINK DOORS, to be released later this year. He also co-starred in Dr. Brown’s award-winning short film THE PASSAGE, which premiered at Sundance.

Currently, Chad works as a comedy consultant, offering his insights to major Vegas shows like Spiegelworld’s Opium at the Cosmopolitan and Piff the Magic Dragon at the Flamingo. He has also worked as a longtime comedy writer, having sold several network pilots and feature films.


CANCELLATION POLICY

If, with at least one week's notice, you need to cancel your registration for any reason, please note that Sweet Action Theatre Company will retain $100 of your original purchase as a non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made less than one week before the first day of the intensive will not be refunded.


LOCATION

Sweet Action Theatre
180 Shaw St, Unit 106
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 2W5