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Peg-ass-us WINS in Boulder!

Posted by John Leo on Saturday, September 1, 2012, In : reviews 
Peg-ass-us, won the Encore Performance Award at the 2012 Boulder Fringe!  

Read our Audience Reviews!

a sample: "With ease and grace, full wit and full frontal (well, kind of side), John and Sophie blow your mind while filling up every other space in your body with definite wonder. Skillful performers having a great time. And you will too! A must see!"

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Peg-ass-us in Denver!

Posted by John Leo on Sunday, July 29, 2012, In : shows 
at work|space  (The Laundry on Lawrence) 

August 9-11, 2012, 8:00pm
2701 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205
Tickets $12, Buy tickets!

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Peg-ass-us at the Boulder Fringe Festival!

Posted by John Leo on Sunday, July 29, 2012, In : shows 
Peg-ass-us returns to its birthplace! Well, no - the show was born in Montreal in 2008. But it was conceived in Boulder in 2007, at the Fringe, where John & Sophie met!
 
August 16 - 26, 2012
Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St Boulder, CO 80302 (at University Heights Ave) 
Tickets: $12, Student/Senior $10, 2-for-1 on 8/20 BUY TICKETS! Post a review!

Thursday, Aug. 16th, 9:30pm
Friday, Aug. 17th, 6:00pm
Saturday, Aug. 18th, 9:00pm
Monday, Aug. 20th, 8:30pm (2-for-1 tick...

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Learn to Play Dangerous! Safely! with John & Andy

Posted by John Leo on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Workshops 

Learn to Play Dangerous!Safely!

Clown/Improv/Partnering 
Jam Sessions
all five Wednesdays in May 2012 7-9pm 
Location TBD (in Manhattan)
 
Come together with other performers in a safe, structured environment to work-out your play muscles and play out your work muscles.  Lead by experienced teacher/performers, John Leo and Andy Sapora, the class will be an opportunity to work closely with other performers, develop partnering trust and rhythms, and most of all, just get up on your feet and do stuff....

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Handshake Uppercut/Peg-ass-us DOUBLE HEADER @ the Tank!

Posted by John Leo on Thursday, February 9, 2012, In : shows 
special double-header performances of 

Handshake Uppercut (7:30pm)

&


Peg-ass-us (9:30pm)



Fri/Sat, May 4 & 5, 2012


151 w. 46th St. (bet. 6th/7th), 8th Floor, NYC


see BOTH for $20!
  

   
Handshake Uppercut @ 7:30p
with Jay Dunn & John Leo
 

“Wretched! Wonderful!”
“It made me crème fraîche my panties”
- audience reviews
 
Two slightly perverted but naively well-intentioned mutes drag each other through life with only each other's mischievous cruelty to keep them warm. With voyeuristic vaudeville bits...

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John&Andy at Cirque Off!

Posted by John Leo on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, In : shows 
John and Andy are gonna Spark-Up Cirque Off! We're gonna Cut-It-Up, we're gonna Tear-It-DOWN!... 
 


Presented by Cirque This & Triskelion Arts
January 19-21 at 8pm
(John&Andy: just Thurs/Fri, Jan 19/20)
 
Triskelion Arts' Aldous Theater
118 North 11th St, 3rd Floor
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
Directions: L train to Bedford Ave. Walk north on Bedford, left on North 11th St. 

Tickets: $15
Reservations strongly recommended: info@triskelionarts.org or 718.599.3577

THURSDAY, January 19, 8pm
Jo...

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EarthdanceNYC 25th Fundraiser Photos!

Posted by John Leo on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, In : Photos 

all photos by Mel Lee
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THREE WEEK RUN! Handshake Uppercut at Dixon Place

Posted by John Leo on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : shows 
 
 
Two slightly perverted but naively well-intentioned mutes drag each other through life with only each other's mischievous cruelty to keep them warm. With voyeuristic vaudeville bits and surrealist non sequitors, John Leo and Jay Dunn marry Beckett's existential bleakness, the Marquis de Sade's power-games, and Keaton's comedic sincerity. Both epic and infinitesimal, these gentleman comrades will laugh you out of your seat while they steal it from under you. 
  
Dixon Place, NYC 
 161A Chrystie...

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Handshake Uppercut at the NY CLOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL 2011!

Posted by John Leo on Friday, September 9, 2011, In : shows 
Come check out new material from Jay Dunn and John Leo at the 

Amuse Bouche: A NY Clown Theatre Festival Hors d’Oeuvre

Clown Cabaret

WEDNESDAY, September 14, 2011, 8pm

Hosted by The Donovan Ensemble

Directly from their summer tour The Donovan Ensemble hosts this night of clown antics, featuring: Emmett and Merril and their popular comedy stylings. Former Ringling clown Emily Carragher in How to Catch a Man. Festival veteran Vincenzo Tortorici, doing an adaptation of Brecht’s Baden Lehrst or Mr...


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Handshake Uppercut at Dixon Place, NYC

Posted by John Leo on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : shows 
The Pinks & Handshake Uppercut
How the Pinkerton Detectives defeat the Lincoln Assassins and foil the Wild Rose of the Confederacy, No. 1
Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30PM 

at Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
between Rivington and Delancey
F to 2nd Ave, J to Delancey, B/D to Grand, 6 to Spring 

Crime, capers and endless fake mustaches. It’s 1860 and the Pinkerton Detectives uncover a plot to assassinate president-elect Lincoln. Kate Warne, the first female detective, and her bumbling pa...

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Clown intensive in the Berkshires!

Posted by John Leo on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Workshops 

 I'll be teaching Clown (INTENSIVELY) at EARTHDANCE'S Western Mass. Moving Arts Festival 

  

August 4 (Thursday evening) - August 7 (Sunday afternoon)

The Clown's Job with John Leo

The Clown's Job: be seen...seeing! Zen Buddhism's Beginners Mind will be the jumping off place for this investigation into the painfully silly quality of Now. We'll play fiercely in a nurturing, gun-to-yer-head environment, listening for the unexpected in ourselves, in our bodies and in the audience. So...dip your feet...


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LONG-FORM Dance-Theater Improv. @ the TANK!

Posted by John Leo on Monday, May 9, 2011, In : shows 
Ready to (Blank)


OUR LONG-FORM HOUR-LONG improvised dance theater piece!
@ The Tank, Upstairs Theatre
May 19 and 20, 2011 at 9:30!

$15 (buy tickets early it’s teeny weeny!  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/176630

354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Ready to (Blank) is a highly physical improv group that creates spontaneous theater for intimate spaces.  Movement, text and sound are woven, smashed and twisted together to tr...


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Me & El Macho del Norte @ ¡Cinco de Maestro!

Posted by John Leo on Sunday, April 17, 2011, In : shows 
Get ready...                  

Not only is it America's favorite Mexican holiday, it's also the birthday of the Maestrosities!
That's right, May 5th is ¡Cinco de Maestro!
Come celebrate with us at Dixon Place!
A very special show, featuring very special guests:
The awe-inspiring & mystifying magnificence of The Amazing El Macho del Norte (& John Leo)!
The absurdly adorable and awesomely talented, Uke-Lola!
The magic moves and madcap mayhem of the Leroy Sisters!
The sweetly melodious and savagely com...

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two pieces in The Comedy in Dance Festival! (Williamsburg)

Posted by John Leo on Thursday, March 31, 2011, In : shows 

The second annual Comedy in Dance Festival!

April 15-17, and 22-23 at 8pm

Triskelion Arts is psyched silly to be presenting this unique program, a five-night festival that showcases 22 hand-selected works by an arsenal of some of the funniest choreographers, dancers, physical improvisers and clowns from New York City and beyond. Be prepared for an assault of the goofy, daring, and not-so-serious sensibilities we all secretly crave. Detailed festival schedule below.

Tickets $15. Reservation...


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SUPER rare chance to see El Macho Del Norte! (and his sidekick)

Posted by John Leo on Saturday, March 26, 2011, In : shows 

At the People's Circus

Sunday, March 27th
8pm

Stonewall Inn
53 Christopher Street
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Is "Ready to (Blank)" READY?!

Posted by John Leo on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, In : shows 
a new group I'm in:


will have it's FIRST PERFORMANCE (ever!)
on

Saturday, March 5, 2011
at
Studio A.I.R.


with...

Ready to ________
Jackie Moynahan
Stephanie Sleeper
Violeta Tellez
John Wheeler-Rappe

Doors open at 8pm and the show begins by 8:30.  
To keep the series running, we ask for suggested donation
of $5 and/or bring food or drink to the reception.
  
Studio A.I.R. is located at 67 Metropolitan, 4th Floor, (between Wythe and Kent) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
L train to Bedford Avenue
...
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Clown in Contact

Posted by John Leo on Friday, January 7, 2011, In : Workshops 

come take this workshop at this amazing place in the Berkshires!

E a r t h d a n c e

E | MERGE Interdisciplinary Arts Exchange Workshop Weekend
February 4 - 6, 2011 

MORE INFO

I'll be teaching: Clown in Contact with John Leo . Haven't you looked at contact improvisation and said to yourself, "this stuff is WEIRD! and really FUNNY!" In this class we'll expand on the comedic potential of contact improv.  Using extreme contrasts, timing and stillness we'll delve into...


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Come see a play I dramaturged for!

Posted by John Leo on Monday, November 8, 2010, In : shows 

Off the Hook: Original Plays by Red Hook Kids

Friday, December 3 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 pm
PS 15 — The Patrick F. Daly School
71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn
Admission is free.

Off the Hook is a free program for youth who are 11 - 14 years old to write and act in their own plays. Kids learn theater basics working 1:1 with adults. Plays get finished during a field trip out of the neighborhood. There are two Saturday rehearsals then kids and adults perform the plays.
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Another New Project Starting!

Posted by John Leo on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, In : shows 
I'll be doing a short improvisational Dance Theater-ish piece with Amy Larimer as part of a new project:
Spontaneous Vaudeville!
Scoros Torpeo Presents: House of Horror!!!

Time: Friday, October 29 · 8:30pm - 10:00pm

Location: The Panetta Movement Center
214 West 29th Street, 10th Floor

Starring: Maryanne Chaney, Elise Reynard, Jon Gundel, and Spontaneous Vaudeville
The show will be roughly 45 minutes and will be a relaxed and fun way to begin your Halloween celebrations. Come join us!!!
Or...

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John and Jay Dunn at the Clown Festival 9/23/2010!

Posted by John Leo on Sunday, September 12, 2010, In : shows 


I'll be performing in a Very Interesting, INTENSE piece with Jay Dunn as part of a
CLOWN CABARET
Hosts:  Hilary Chaplain, Audrey Crabtree

Thursday, September 23rd @ 10:30pm
The Brick Theatre
575 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
(between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street)
Subway Directions:
 Take the L train to the Lorimer stop or the G train to the Metropolitan stop and the theater is less than one block away.
Price:  $15

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Clown Workshops at EARTHDANCE, Western Mass.

Posted by John Leo on Friday, May 21, 2010, In : Workshops 
I'll be teaching "Clown in Contact" & "The Performer's Presence" at this years:
Western Massachusetts Moving Arts Festival @ Earthdance, August 6 - 8
with Angie Hauser, Martin Keogh, and Leigh Evan
s
plus Cynthia McLaughlin, Eric Huther, Felice Wolfzahn, Heather Kuhn, Jennifer Hicks, John Leo, Julia Handschuh

Contact Improvisation, Performance Improvisation, Contemporary Butoh plus Action Theater, Site Specific improvisation, Voice, Clown, Somatic forms, and much more!

This festival has some...


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CLOWN: a two-day intensive, taught by John Leo

Posted by John Leo on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, In : Workshops 


There's a few more slots available!

"John challenges students to continually go deeper in their self-awareness, to use their emotions intelligently, and to use this power to connect with an audience."  Edy Rodewald, former student

From fancy to flop to flight, the world of Clown is full of extremes. In solo, duo, trio, and group work, we'll examine status, minimum to maximum, letting go to the moment & keeping it simple. Come play in a safe, but challenging class ...


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Multimedia Me

Posted by John Leo on Monday, May 10, 2010, In : clown 
multimedia portrait by Alex Franck
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John's Journal Guatemala CWB

Posted by John Leo on Friday, April 30, 2010, In : clown 

Guatemala April 2010

CWB returns to Guatemala and also ventures into El Salvador to work with children and their communities that were hit by Hurricane Stan and Storm Ida. The group will collaborate with Poyecto Payaso and Save the Children.

John’s Journal April 15, 2010

    Two days ago I was in alone in a hospital room (bacterial infection in the gut and dehydration) hooked up to an IV, making an hourly pilgrimage to the bathroom- a ten days worth of Guatemala and ...


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Guatemala Photos

Posted by John Leo on Thursday, April 29, 2010, In : Photos 
photos by Kali Quinn & Sayda Trujillo
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