SPECIAL GUEST: World renowned clown Ira Seidenstein will be visiting Gladstone to lead a performance workshop next week, with bookings essential.
SPECIAL GUEST: World renowned clown Ira Seidenstein will be visiting Gladstone to lead a performance workshop next week, with bookings essential.

'Once in a lifetime': Clown classes coming up for Gladstone

A WORLD-renowned clown performer will lend his expertise to the Gladstone community as he conducts clown workshops later this month.

Ira Seidenstein, formerly with Cirque du Soleil and Bell Shakespeare Company, will conduct the workshops on Monday, June 15, from 3.30-6.30pm.

The workshops, which will be held at the Gladstone Thistle Pipe Band Hall, combine movement, acting, clowning and creativity with the use of body, mind and spirit.

Mr Seidenstein is the founder of ISAAC, the International School for Acting and Creativity, and has worked in more than 140 live productions.

He trained as a lyengar yoga teacher, was a tumbling and comic acrobat, mime slapstick comedian, classical actor, director, playwright and choreographed more than 200 comic sketches and slapstick acts. Recently he launched his book Clown Secret.

Mr Seidenstein also has a Masters Degree in Visual Performing Arts and his doctorate is in education.

Event organiser and local theatre identity Wendy Barker said Mr Seidenstein's upcoming workshops were once-in-a-lifetime experiences for participants of all ages.

"Ira is a professional with international experience and as good as it gets in his field," she said.

"To have a visitor like Ira coming to our region and putting on the workshops is a bit special and certainly does not happen every day.

"I think the fact that we have been in lockdown from COVID-19, it will be refreshing to be able to present this, with the obvious safety precautions being taken."

Ms Barker said Mr Seidenstein was an inspiration and there was a great deal of talent in and around Gladstone that he would connect with.

"It is an opportunity for inspiring actors, singers, dancers and performers to broaden their horizons and make contact with an industry professional," she said.

"It is lovely to be able to promote the arts within the community which plays an essential role in the wellbeing of the sector in Central Queensland and abroad."

The project is supported by the Gladstone Regional Council and Regional Arts Development Fund.

For further information or registration for workshops contact Ms Barker on 0416 233 993 or email wbarker43@bigpond.com.



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