Clown Techniques in Improvisation

In this workshop you will face an essential part of yourself: where you hide your fear, your optimism and the pleasure to fail. Through games, improv and clown exercises, you will find a special way of connection with the audience, the creativity behind the failure, the pleasure of playing and the faculty of living in the present moment: right here, right now.

This workshop is an encounter with an essential part of oneself. The clown that we’re looking for is hidden there where we hide our defects and our fears. Where we hide optimism and the pleasure to fail as well.

FELIPE ORTIZ was founding member of La Gata Cirko and PICNIC impro. Has been working on improvisation theatre, clown and new circus from a physical approach since 1995. Has coo directed all PICNIC shows and traveled playing and teaching improvisation, clown and acrobatics in different countries around the world. He´s one of the directors of La Gata Cirko and has directed different new circus shows: Las Raices Flojas¨2016, Gypsy Express 2015, ¨7 vidas del gato¨2014, “Tropico Destino” 2013, “The Tempest” 2013, ZOOM 2010 and Déjà vu 2006. Clown shows In 2008 directed and played in his clown solo “la Cita” wich has participated in “Festival iberoamericano 2010” and 2014 in NY international clown festival. Has directed other clown shows like CENIZA 2015 and Historias de pareja 2016. At the moment is directing a clown ensamble in the Javeriana University in Bogota.

He´s one of the directors of PICNIC IMPRO, they organize the interational impro festival in Bogota since 2011. With Picnic they´ve done “lugares”, “Theatersports”, “Director´s Cut” and “SPEECHLESS” in cooperation with dj mamacutsworth, this show has been performed in 14 countries and 21 cities around the world.

He´s studied Clown with Avner the exentric, Miguel Borras and Clown and Buffon with Phillipe Gaulier.

Contemporary dance, contact dance, capoeira, circus and acrobatique techniques, improvisation, acting and clown compose his background.