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Pi Clowns
Arcata Playhouse
Arcata, CA
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Pi Clowns
Pi is a physical comedy troupe devoted to exploring the world and examining life's mysteries through a lens of wonder. Six clowns currently comprise the ensemble Pi, which was founded at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004. As a troupe, Pi creates theater using elements of clowning and mime technique, acrobatics, juggling, eccentric dance, live music, improvisation, puppetry and feats of incredible strength.  Most of their work consists of short clown vignettes. Their storytelling relies mainly on the physical virtuosity of their bodies, although they do use speech when necessary. The spectator is fundamental to their clowning and plays a vital role in making every performance unique.

Since its foundation, Pi has had the distinct pleasure of performing in theatres and for corporate events all over the Bay Area (View Resume). Pi has attended the Clown Conservatory at the San Francisco Circus Center and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Members of Pi respectively, hold degrees in Performing Arts, Politics, Psychology and Education. All members of Pi are qualified to teach workshops for all ages in clown, juggling, and other circus skills.

"Pi's ideas and techniques are wholly original. Their skills are incredible. Their work is intensely physical, rigorously disciplined and very much about ensemble work. I could not respect them more. They are serious artists."  Patty Gallagher, PhD

Pi returns to the Playhouse after an amazing sold out show last year. Have you filled your laughter prescription lately? Cheaper than Lipitor and the only side-effect is a side-ache. The Pi Clowns promise to amaze and amuse through acrobatics, juggling, eccentric dance, live music, puppetry, and feats of incredible strength. And if their skill doesn't amaze you their stupidity surely will.

Members of Pi have worked professionally as theatre and circus performers, teachers and technicians for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cabrillo Stage, 5th Avenue Musical Theatre, California Musical Theatre Music Circus, New Pickle Circus, Prescott Circus, San Francisco Circus, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Splash Circus, Teatro ZinZanni and Theatre Works. All members of Pi are qualified to teach workshops in a variety of skill sets.

Clown Cabaret at the Climate Theatre co-produce a monthly event with the Clown Conservatory at the San Francisco Circus Center (ongoing since 2008)



Arcata Playhouse
1251-9th St.
Arcata, CA 95521
United States

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Arts > Circus
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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