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Hakaya Festival 2012 Workshops Program

The Hakaya festival, now in its 5th edition for 2012, has continuously strived to offer training opportunities for young storytellers and practitioners alike. This year we are offering 3 workshops; one on finding your inner clown that is suitable for participants of any background, the second focuses on storytelling skills for young storytellers, and the last on the power of storytelling for educative purposes. 


To register for any of these workshops please send an email to lubna@al-balad.org with your name, contact details, and a short paragraph describing yourself and your work and why you wish to take part in this workshop by the 1st of September 2012. If you are not residing in Jordan and wish to take part in the workshops please apply to a travel grant from Safar fund (www.safarfund.org) at the same time as you apply for the workshop to expedite the travel grant selection process.


Description of workshops:


Find your clown

Conducted by: Ashwath Batt (India)

Dates: 15 - 17 September 2012

Location: Al-Balad Theatre (upper theatre)

Participants: 10 - 15 participants of any background.


Description: Together the trainer and participants will explore the vulnerability and the 'stupidity' of our playful spirits ranging from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the innocent. Comedy often makes us laugh but doesn't manage to touch our hearts. When we work from a place of personal truth and with the vulnerability of the clown, our comedy reaches a much deeper place. This class will explore that place where you go beyond gags and finding your clown who can touch the hearts in a way that makes our comedy more universal and makes us laugh from the gut. During the workshop, participants will also be given a brief history of clowning, and will be shown the possibilities of using clowning in various places such as hospitals, and open new possibilities of telling stories using clowning. 


Language: the language of the workshop will be English, consecutive interpretation will be provided if necessary.

Storytelling for young storytellers


Conducted by: Praline Gay-Para

Dates: 11 - 14 September 2011

Times: 10 AM - 5 PM

Location: Dar Al-Anda (TBC)

Participants: Maximum of 12 participants, above 20 years old


Description: The workshop is geared towards young storytellers who would like to improve and professionalize their storytelling techniques using physical and verbal methods. Praline specializes in training teachers and animators on storytelling for educational purposes. Participants from previous workshops with Praline are encouraged to re-apply.


Language: The workshop will be conducted in Arabic.

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