Main Street Theater -
4617 Montrose Blvd.
Performances October 4 - October 5, 2013
Friday and Saturday - 8:00pm
Call 713-524-6706 for Tickets
For groups of 10 or more, please call Andrew Ruthven, Director of Audience Services, at 713-524-3622 x102
Azar (“random” in Spanish) celebrates the unknown, the unpredictable, the things that cannot be explained or defined and point us to creative possibility. Azar is not a rehearsed and staged "show" in the traditional sense. This work draws its inspiration from fragments, the clown's state of wonder and ideas of perception.
"Jef Johnson, the soul of clown." — El Tiempo, Colombia
“One of the most important clowns in the world.” — La Patria, Manizales, Colombia
“One of the best clowns in the world." — Q’hubo, Manizales, Colombia
Currently on hiatus, Mr. Johnson is a principal artist in the company of Slava's Snowshow, (Off Broadway, Broadway and International tours). He has also worked with Cirque du Soleil as clown, special artistic consultant, and workshop director. He is the founding director of La ONDA (La Observación Nueva de los Artes), faculty member of the Nouveau Clown Institute in Barcelona, Spain, and has served as Artistic Coordinator for the International Nonverbal Theatre Initiative, based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Johnson is also the founding director of Jef Johnson's Clown Lab in New York City. He has been commissioned by many universities and companies, including: Cirque du Soleil, Slava's Snowshow, Camp Broadway, University of Houston, University of Pennsylvania, Colombia University, Weslayan University, NYU, CUNY, SUNY, UNAM, CENART, UDEM, TEC Monterrey, UQROO, BUAP, among others.
At present, he resides in Mexico, conducting research into the nature of human consciousness, creative association and social performance. Drawing from Clown, Mask and Butoh, his work has initiated deeper investigation into the primary essence of human experience, character and performance, including the formation of a new performance discipline which he calls Manantial (Wellspring). Mr. Johnson has performed or taught on five continents in more than 20 countries. A native of Houston, he will be familiar to many audiences from his many roles at Main Street Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, TUTS, Houston Shakespeare Festival and other venues.
Recommended for audiences 18 and up.
Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.