The Ancient Art of Antipodsim and Risley/Icarian Games

Ancient Art of Antipodism with Carlo & Orlene Gentiles

We have had to cancel this workshop due to low enrollment

How to care for yourself and others: SOMA

As a circus artist your body may be your most valuable asset. Invest in feeling better. Learn the basics of anatomy, how to better support your body’s structure, increase range of motion, and alleviate pain. This workshop will help you better understand your body and how to take care of it as well as provide a few easy but effective ways to work on yourself and others.

The first hour will consist of information and demonstration, as well as a time for questions. The second hour will go over exercises and bodywork techniques where students will practice on one another and get coaching.

The purpose of this workshop is to better inform circus artists about their bodies and improve self-care as well as give them some tools to help others. We will discuss the basics of anatomy, common issues among circus artists, how to have better alignment, and what we can do to alleviate pain and differentiate connective tissue.

May 14 2-4pm
Ages: 16+
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Price: $50 per student
Prerequisites: none

Instructor Bio:
Katie is a Certified Soma Neuromuscular Integration Practitioner and LMP. She also has her Bachelor’s degree in business and has been training and performing acrobatics and circus arts for the past 4 years; working with companies such as Quixotic, Animate Objects and USC Events. She currently works as a Soma practitioner in Seattle. Her website is

Physical Comedy and Clown

Physical Comedy and Clown Workshop with Suzanne Santos

In this class students will learn performance skills and how to create their own acts. They will learn how to physically transform to create their own characters, as well as utilize costume and make-up.Students will learn comedic three beats, French clown entrees, and slapstick. We will also be playing cooperative and imaginative games. They will have opportunities to share their work and receive feedback in this laboratory setting. Clown and physical comedic performance can be seen in silent films, television, the circus, and in theaters all over the world.

Two 3-hour classes. It is ideal for a student to be at all classes. Students can come to one with instructor permission.

Date and Time:
Sunday May 14th – 2:30-5:30pm
Sunday May 21st – 2:30-5:30pm

Ages: 16+
Enroll online!
Students must enroll in advance, no walk-ins please.

Tuition: $180 for series ($100 for 1 class)

Prerequisites: None

Instructor Bio: Suzanne Santos is a clown, actor, director, and educator. As an actor, Suzanne toured internationally with the award winning production of Corpus Christi. As a clown, her credits include The Pickle Family Circus School Tour, The New York Clown Festival, Clowns Without Borders, El Circo Cheapo Cabaret, and Le Carnaval Carmagnole. She is the Lead Clown Coach and Writer/Director of the Road Shows for Circus Smirkus in Vermont. Suzanne has also acted, written, and directed at CASA 0101 in Los Angeles. She has had the privilege of teaching at Second City, Aloft Circus Arts, Playwrights’ Arena, The Actors’ Gang, Prescott Circus Theatre, San Francisco Circus Center, and San Francisco Arts Education Project. She has worked with the Dell’Arte Youth Academy as an instructor, Assistant Director, and Director. Suzanne holds a Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University and a BA in Theatre from George Fox University. She has an MA in Queer, Activist, Experimental Performance, and Theatrical Clowning from New College of California. She is a graduate of The Clown Conservatory and Dell’Arte International.

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