Introduction to Eccentric Performing with Iman Lizarazu

Introduction to Eccentric Performing with Iman Lizarazu

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Iman Lizarazu teaches a workshop in Eccentric Performing. This workshop is designed to help performers and non-performers alike, and will expand your ability to create, and promote your capacity to solve problems in unusual ways.

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Saturday September 28, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday September 29, 1pm - 5pm

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CLASS SPECIFICS

Saturday September 28, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday September 29, 1pm - 5pm

ABOUT

Iman Lizarazu teaches a workshop in Eccentric Performing. This workshop is designed to help performers and non-performers alike, and will expand your ability to create, and promote your capacity to solve problems in unusual ways. For performers, this workshop will help you build complicity with the audience, and give you fresh ideas for new material and expanding your existing work. Non-performers who would benefit from this event include public speakers, teachers, lawyers, and anyone who deals with the public. This workshop is intended to enrich and enhance each participant’s outlook and imagination.


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ABOUT IMAN LIZARAZU

Iman Lizarazu was born in a small village in the Basque region of France, where her family has lived for over 800 years.

Iman’s early years were spent in both the Basque Country in the southwest of France and in Moscow, where her father worked with the Bolshoi Ballet. She first performed on stage at age six as the Mouse in the Nutcracker. Here she began her training in classical ballet, and received a strong foundation in ballet and choreography. During these years, Iman was most often at the Moscow Circus training gym, learning circus arts from a bygone era.

As a teen in Dresden, Germany, she studied at the Circus School and continued honing her juggling skills. Iman tested into Die Technische Hochschule Dresden without attending formal high school. There she majored in Medizin Technik, (but didn’t enjoy seeing blood), so switched her major to Physics and Math. After two years, she went to Moscow and studied at the Lomonosov University. Iman went on to earn a PhD in Astrophysics with Honors from the Max Plank Institute in Munich in 1995. When she graduated, the faculty mused "the fresh wind had left the institute, when Iman completed her PhD."

Iman has been active in Clowns Without Borders since it’s inception in 1993, when she volunteered in refugee camps in Kosovo, Bosnia. In ’93 she also went to St. Petersburg and Georgia to perform in orphanages as well as teach. Her other Clowns Without Borders work includes performing and teaching in Cuba in ’97, ’98, and ’99 and teaching and helping to establish the first circus school on the east coast of Africa in Nairobi. She also worked with Doctors Without Borders in hospitals in Somalia in 2009. She was performing and teaching in Haiti in 2010, and performing in California state prisons in 2012.

Iman is co-owner and co-creator of Renegade Juggling, where she and her partner have made juggling equipment for 25 years.

Although a person of many languages, as a mime Iman is silent. She is passionate about clowning and dedicates her time and considerable energy to exploring and honing her craft. She has performed in Tandy Beal and Company’s Mixed Nutz!: the Nutcracker REMixed to glowing reviews. Wallace Baine of the Santa Cruz Sentinel says: “Weaving through the architecture of the "Nutcracker" story is a collection of amazing performers including Iman Lizarazu, the multi-talented juggler/clown who serves as the show's "narrator" though she has no lines.”

Iman studied at the School of Mime with Marcel Marceau, and with Masters Julie Goell and Avner the Eccentric. This background helped her blend her training with her rich cultural background, resulting is a compelling, intoxicating show.

After four decades of training her capable and expressive physique, Iman has created an engaging 75-minute solo show entitled "Basquette Quese". This entertaining portrayal of a character suffering from insomnia takes us through one night, with a series of mesmerizing and gravity-defying vignettes. Iman’s intelligence, passion to perform, and deep range of techniques have come together to create an amazing, tender and insightful clown character. As always, there is a provocative soundtrack to propel the story, composed by Jon Scoville and Les Yeux Noir.


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