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2023 Special Featured Artist

Elena Day

Join us next year for our amazing 25th birthday celebration!  

It's a special year with extra special surprises! 

Enjoy our new location Camp Friendship on beautiful Clearwater Lake in Annandale MN. 


Special Guest Star Elena Day! Most well known as the creator of Cirque du Soleil's signature character, The Green Bird. Her work as a director, coach and consultant has taken her around the world. A dedicated teacher, Elena works with students of all ages, both non-performers and professionals. In short, anyone interested in expanding their power of being a joyfully creative performer. She is the ProTrack Director and Head of Physical Theater at The New England Center for Circus Arts. She works with young and old alike teaching joy and the power of play. 


Elena Day- Course Description


The Power of Play


Through play, we discover our authentic selves. Our spontaneous responses, our unique senses of humor, our deepest interests, come through playing. Children’s job is to play, it is how they learn and grow. As clowns, as performers, practicing techniques that develop the underpinnings of play develops our creativity, increases our listening skills, & keeps us loose. 


As clowns, we can take these underpinnings into any performance environment: a birthday party, the hospital, on stage. No matter what our clown character, play gives the performer a buoyancy and responsiveness needed to shine. 


We will explore play through group games, individual, and duo exercises. Explorative territories may include the clown’s relationship to the audience, exploration of objects and materials, and status…through the lens of PLAY!


"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato

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