Workshops & Sketch
Flax has been creating original work for 38 years and is the founding Artistic Director of Theater Grottesco. In addition to Grottesco, he has worked with the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Paris, The Paris Circus, London’s Theatre Complicite, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Choreographer Della Davidson, the Sundance Playwriting Laboratory and the Out of Context Orchestra. He has taught at theaters and colleges nationally and internationally along with 8 years as a National Endowment for the Arts artist-in-the-schools. He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he also studied with Phillipe Gaulier. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies and an ABD Ed.D in Anthropology and Philosophy.
SANTA FE IMPROV is PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A 2-DAY WORKSHOP WITH JOHN FLAX, FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THEATER GROTTESCO.
PRESENCE AND ENSEMBLE - a Theater Grottesco Workshop
Together we will address the foundation of physical performance. All physical styles start with presence and ensemble, likewise important for all varieties of theater and film.
Personal work includes development of instinctual response, rhythm, a relaxed, heightened energy, and economy of movement. Ensemble Training then gives us the second layer, adjusting personal rhythms and instincts to the group, the balance of space, imagery through movement and sound, focusing the audience's attention, and the dynamics of “play.”
Come prepared to move with loose clothing, jewelry removed, and hair back. We work barefoot.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 17th and 24th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
PRICE: $65 for both days
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and confirmed by PayPal payment.
Our new adventure in Sketch has been launched! If you've got experience in improv, writing, comedy, or sketch, here’s the scoop.
Write your sketch
Find your players
Revise - 3-5 minutes max run time
When you think the piece is ready to be seen, needs an audience to gage effectiveness, or you need help to push past a sticking point, let Kita know. You will be invited to perform it at a Jam or Monday night drop-in.
Hint: Your piece may be close to done when it has a beginning, middle and end, a quick hook, fun characters, heightened energy, a clear setting, and a twist.
Hint #2: Don’t write jokes. As in Improv, keep it real.
When the piece is ready, we include it in a performance!