Storytelling Through Magical Realism with Felipe Ortiz
Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
March 6 – March 27, 2021
Schedule: 4 sessions
Class date: March 6, 13, 20 7 27
Class length: 2 hours (8 hours total)
Class size: 12 students maximum
Prerequisite: Foundation 1 or higher **This class requires Head of School Approval. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a concise list of your improv experience to determine eligibility
Magical Realism is a genre where extraordinary, unreal and strange things appear as part of the daily life as if it was completely normal. This workshop is a journey through the complex world of magical realism exploring different tools that can help you dive into this amazing and powerful universe. From it´s origins till the present, we will explore the basic characteristics and elements that are part of this world like: time, space, characters and the wonderful nostalgic atmosphere. What is magical realism in our cultures? How can I improvise in this genre? What are the most important examples of magical realism in different art expressions? The answers of this questions are some of the things we will discover.
Note: The political and social aspects of the genre are not going to be mentioned.
Felipe Ortiz is a performer, director, and teacher interested in exchanging, interacting, playing, and sharing experiences with different artists worldwide. He´’s passionate about the body in movement and its possibilities; and explores it through acrobatics, improvisation, clowning, physical theater, and object manipulation to create new expression forms in performing arts. Since 2003, he’s been touring the world with different projects in festivals, companies, and artist collaborations. He is well-known in the international scene as an improv, physical theater and clown teacher. Magical Realism became one of his research fields in 2012, and he´’s created different improv formats, workshops, and circus shows inspired by this beautiful genre. He´’s currently working as a clown, acrobatics, and improv teacher at the Javeriana University in Bogota. He has been the artistic director of La Gata Cirko (new circus) for 18 years. He has directed different shows like the World Games opening ceremony in Cali and the closing ceremony of the Football FIFA World Cup in Bogota.