When people hear the word clown, they generally assume a person dressed funnily, with white paint on their face and a red nose. They imagine a clown at a kid’s party or a circus. However, there are many ways to practice clowning. For me clowning is a skill. It’s a unique means of training based on connection with the audience, pleasure of play, taking risks, vulnerability, and being at ease with failure. We can learn many things with important things by practicing clown.
This workshop is for general audiences, groups, teams or students. We learn that the idea is not to try what might be funny but listen to the audience and respond to the circumstances as one would in real life. Through games, we experience the pleasure of sharing a very foolish side of life with an audience. Clowning involves taking risks and using failure to springboard to the next moment. I believe that being comfortable with failure is key for to navigate professional life.
How the clown plays is special. Clowns think they are clever, they are beautiful idiots. A clown will repeatedly try to do something, misunderstand instructions, and not understand why they are funny. They allow the audience to see the delight of a child who wants to be on stage and uses any excuse or possibility to appear. A clown is a vulnerable performer who is delighted to be on stage. Their eyes reveal their pleasure and their genuine connection with their audience. Most importantly, it’s an art form that is extremely funny.
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