Wednesday, August 19, 2020

ACEO Clown Portrait #177 "Schemic" the Clown

 

ACEO Clown #177  "Schemic"  
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

ACEO Clown #177 is inspired by a very talented clown originally from Poland. "Schemic" the Clown aka Przemysław Grządziela located in Phoenix, Arizona. He studied classical ballet at the Gdansk School of Ballet  and  he danced professionally for 17 years as a soloist with Opera Bydgoszcz, PolishDance Theatre Poznan, and Operetta Wroclaw, and later became an actor/mime in the Wroclaw Mime Theatre.

Currently he dances as a guest artist with the Polish Dance Theatre, the Grand Theatre in Poland and the Phoenix Ballet. In 1980, Przemyslaw founded the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Theatre Push Pin in Gdansk. Theatre Push Pin productions showcasing his rare talents. 

Theatre Push Pin has won many awards to include the International Puppet Theatre Festival for Best Acting Performance. Theatre Push Pin has performed at festivals in Avignon, Paris, Lyon, Edinburgh, London, Ankara, Kiev, L’viv, Vilnius, Mosow, Kalinigrad, Thessaloniki, Baska Bystrica, Berlin, Stuttgart, Budapest, Vienna, Zurich, Stockholm, Oslo, Luxembourg, Madrid, Amsterdam, Guadalajara (Mexico), Quito (Ecuador), and at many festivals in Poland. This company has represented Poland at the World Exhibition “Expo ‘92” in Seville, Spain and at “Expo 2000” in Hanover, Germany, as well as at the Fair of Culture and Arts in Umeå, Sweden. In March 2018 he was a featured performer and master teacher at the Festival Puppet Palooza in Santa Barbara, California. 

Przemysław Grządziela has choreographed for performances in drama and puppet theaters, including Remember Me, Tristan and Isolde, Balladyna, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, Ferdinand Wonderful, Baktus and Karius, and many more.

Przemysław is a world-renowned educator of his art form and has taught pantomime classes at Theatre Acedemy Zelwerowicz in Warsaw and at the Department of Puppetry Art in Bialystok. For ten years he has led creative mime workshops in Poland and abroad for children of all ages.

Przemysław Grządziela 

work in progress

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