Azar Clown Theater Show

By Jef Johnson

Azar is an exploration, a meditation on the fundamental question of life: “Where am I?” Each performance is completely unique. While some elements are the same, the experience that unfolds is never the same twice. Perception, expectation, and discovery drive our consciousness in a foolish attempt to gain mastery over immediate experience. There has been a great shift in our social consciousness toward judging and criticizing and away from listening and being present for one another and for ourselves. It seems people are always trying to prove themselves to others. The absurdity of this is that we all discover later in life that just being true to who we are receives the greatest response of support and fascination. And this is in fact how we started life: innocent; unable to project anything more than honest experience and reaction.

Azar clown theater show
To benefit La Fundación Jorge González Camarena
Thurs, Dec 11, 7pm
Show and dinner
La Fundación Jorge González Camarena
Pedro Páramo 3
Los Frailes
500 pesos
Tickets at 120 0811 or 120 0589

Expectation has become such a driving factor in our society, and it contributes to increased fear and distrust. The question I wish to ask is, “can we return to a state of wonder, a state of curiosity for all things, of witnessing rather than always sitting with the impulse to be critical of what we are observing?” Azar sounds unsettling to some, stimulating a feeling of things unplanned, unprepared, without purpose. But in fact, all experience is random in some way. Our mental, psycho-emotional process has been trained to only consider a tiny fraction of the information our senses receive in any given moment. It is a strategy for managing stability, for staying within predictable outcomes, for keeping the ship seemingly afloat in unpredictable seas. But such restriction too often denies the mind of the possibilities that may lie in the multitude of “useless or unfamiliar” information. This piece is a play on this very idea.

Azar was created and first performed as “street theater” for the International Theater Festival in Manizales, Colombia in 2011 and subsequently revived in 2012 for the stage in La Casona del Teatro in Morelia, Michoacán. In 2013 AZAR had a theatrical run in Houston, Texas, USA.

In 2014, Azar has been showcased at Teatro Dimitri in Verscio, Switzerland and also in Évora and Caldas da Reinha, Portugal as part of International Clown Congress and Theater Festivals.


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