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By Rosario Otero

Former Cirque du Soleil workshop director and world renowned clown, Jef Johnson, will present his play Azar on Saturday, April 25, at the historical El Nigromante auditorium. The title means “random” in Spanish. The show celebrates the unknown and explores spontaneous creative experience. Johnson is founding director of Jef Johnson’s Clown Lab in New York City, on the master faculty at the Nouveau Clown Institute in Barcelona, and co-creator and faculty of the International Clown School in Évora, Portugal. He is based in Mexico, widening his investigation into human consciousness, creative association, and personal expression.

Clown Show
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macías 75
Sat, Apr 25, 7:30pm
200 pesos
Tickets at El Sindicato Recreo 4

Azar was created and first performed for the International Theater Festival in Manizales, Colombia, in 2011. It has played in Mexico, the US, Switzerland, and Portugal. Azar is an exploration, a meditation on the fundamental question of life: Where am I? Perception, expectation, and discovery all drive the simple naïve consciousness in its foolish attempt to gain mastery over immediate experience. Azar is not a rehearsed and staged show in the traditional sense. Each presentation is completely unique. Azar plays with the unpredictable, the things that cannot be explained or defined, and points us to creative possibility. Everything we need to play is right in front of us. We must learn again to discover the beautiful wonder of life. This work draws its inspiration from fragments, the clown’s state of wonder, and ideas of perception. It is a philosophical work. Azar invites you to take an imaginative trip with a stunning performer. Proceeds will go to Children’s Art Foundation. Support literacy through art!


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