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Festival of the Eccentrics

Iman Lizarazu and Avner the Eccentric

Bringing Eccentric Performing to a city near you.

Eccentric Performing is one of the most personal and paradoxical of theater forms: It can be ingenious or dim-witted, skillful or blundering. It can have a sharp verbal wit or be completely silent. It can be extremely silly while pointing out the failure of society.

Above all Eccentric Performing is funny!

About the Performers:

Avner (Eisenberg) The Eccentric in Exceptions to Gravity is a reminder of the theatrical power that can reside in a single charismatic performer who touches the heart. A master of the art of physical comedy, Avner weaves a spell of poetic simplicity in a show of hilarious predicaments. Avner has appeared on and off Broadway with his hit show Exceptions to Gravity. He played the endearing Holy Man, “The Jewel,” in the Michael Douglas film, The Jewel of the Nile, and performed as a ventriloquist on Broadway, in Ghetto for which his dummy received a Tony Award nomination. Avner’s show defies the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively in the US and abroad. (

Iman Lizarazu is an Eccentric Performer, combining a variety of clowning skills into one art form. This broad palette enables her to craft little stories, create problems within those stories, and then solve the problems in unexpected, unusual, and delightful ways. She is a clown, a juggler, a visual artist, gardener, chef, and prankster. She loves the beautiful things in life – good food, good wine, good friends, and she loves bringing laughter and joy to the lives of those around her.
Now a resident of Santa Cruz, California, Iman was born in LaBourd in the Province of Soule in the Basque Country of southwest France. Iman’s family still lives in St. Jean- Pied-de-Port in Basque Navarre. She has been performing all her life, and professionally for over 20 years. Iman’s solo show, Basquette Quese has been performed locally, nationally, and internationally to wide acclaim.


“Avner The Eccentric is a brilliant comic…hurt yourself hysterically funny. I laughed for two solid hours. The show only lasted an hour and a half.”
—Joel Siegel,  ABC-TV

“Here is what Avner the Eccentric does best: he reduces his audience to laughter and giggles and applause.”
--New York Times

“I was completely enthralled. It’s not easy for a single performer to keep an audience giggling, chuckling and even guffawing for an hour and a quarter without saying a word, but Eisenberg makes it appear seamlessly simple. If you missed him this time, don’t let it happen again.”
--San Jose Mercury News

“My favorite act of the evening was the incredibly talented Iman Lizarazu, a French Basque artist whose hair is more charismatic than most people’s whole personalities. Lizarazu combines pantomime, juggling, dance ( and a gorgeously radiant smile) into a silent yet utterly captivation performance that sparkles with a graceful intelligence”
- European Weekly

“Original, invigorating as well as tender and genuine, Iman's solo performances bring with her the fine art of physical comedy in addition to topnotch juggling skills. She is an accomplished mime and physical comedian. Her performance is filled with a wide range of comic disciplines from circus arts to commedia dell'arte.”
--New York Times
Virginia Cahill


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