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Jon Davison regularly visits circus trianing centres such as cirocmedia (Bristol and Circus Hub (Nottingham) to give weekend workshops. The workshops progress from the fundamentals, moving on to integrtaing clowning and circus skills and devising your own clown/circus performance material.


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Fundamentals of Clowning

dates to be confirmed

This workshop will look at the fundamentals of clowning, learning to feel and enjoy our own ridiculousness. Converting our habitual fear of ridicule into the pleasure of laughing at ourselves, we can use it to make others laugh and experience the freedom of the clown. When you really look, most things are ridiculous: our bodies, our movements, our ideas, our emotions, our words, our relationships, the universe. The only aim in clowning is to turn failure into success, fear into laughter, suffering into joy. We don’t need to change ourselves, just look at everything from another perspective. It’s a human thing to do, so anyone can do it. This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in exploring clowning, with or without experience. 

Integrating Clown and Circus Skills

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How do we bring together your own particular way of clowning (your stupidity and craziness) with the discipline of particular circus techniques, from juggling to aerial?


Traditional circus put clowns and virtuosic technique into the same arena, either combined in the same performer (the clown with high level skills), or separated out (the highly-skilled artiste contrasting with the clumsy clown). With the coming of new circus, distinct possibilities opened up, where skills might be embedded within theatrical or narrative forms (clownish/comedic or not), which required new performance skills from circus artists. With such a wide range of possibilities available to today’s performers, the question of how to integrate clowning and circus techniques is an important one, which at first sight seems to present an obstacle: how can one be both a stupid, incompetent clown and at the same time remain focused on the high level of discipline demanded by one’s technique? How to be clumsy on a trapeze when safety is an issue? How to look at an audience when on one’s back foot-juggling?  


This workshop looks at the many different ways to bring together clowning and techniques, without ruining either of them! This is a rare opportunity to work with the specialist knowledge of Jon Davison, who has dedicated much of his teaching to the question of how to create clown material using individual skills, from circus to dance and music.


This workshop is suitable for those with an interest in clowning and who already have a minimum level in at least one circus technique.

Devising Clown/Circus Numbers


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This workshop will ocncentrate on devising and/or developing your individual ideas for performances.