Clown Workshop in Brighton with Jon Davison
Time & Location
About the Event
30th November – 1st December 2019 Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm Venue: BHASVIC (Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College) 205 Dyke Road, Hove, BN3 6EG www.bhasvic.ac.uk Cost: £100 To enrol and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.jondavison.net/weekendworkshops
This workshop starts with a look at the fundamental dynamics of clowning, how to make yourself and your friends look stupid so we will love and laugh at you. 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. How do clowns do what they do, how does your stupidity make you a success, and how does the unthinkably ridiculous come about?
We will also be looking at some of the countless practical ways of devising material appropriate for your clowning. Awareness of and understanding of these is far preferable to just hoping the clown you ‘found’ or a single idea will survive the real stage situation. We will aim to bring together your own particular way of clowning (your stupidity and craziness) with careful crafting and composition of performance material, and how to make sure the material you create really works for you.
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.
Clowning is sometimes shrouded in mystery but in reality it's a very simple mode of performance. This workshop uses simple exercises rooted in laughter response in order to access clowning in the most direct manner possible.
Jon Davison is a clown performer, teacher, director, producer, researcher and musician with over 30 years’ experience. He founded the London Clown School in order to provide regular clown training for those resident or passing through. He also teaches at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Rose Bruford College and internationally. He is the author of two books, Clown Readings in Theatre Practice and Clown Training, a practical guide, which have become major textbooks for students of clowning worldwide.
What they said
“Thank you for the brilliant course. It was wonderful in every way – personally challenging without any terror attached, mind opening, fear conquering. I think everyone should do a clown course to better understand themselves and others. And particularly do yours.” (Dr Dea Birkett, Ringmaster and leader of Circus250)
“Jon is a brilliant teacher!” (Dani Tonks, Wild Play Lab, London)
“Jon is the best teacher I have ever had, and I am a very picky person. He is like the rain that gently falls onto the earth, softly moistens the grass and encourages every plant to grow at their own pace. He never judges people and gives a lot of freedom. He makes scaffolds and you will find yourself making progress and achieving more than you have expected. The way he inspired me definitely boosted my self-confidence and stimulated my creativity. Now I know myself better and I love myself more. Last but not least, all the happiness and silliness you will experience in his clowning course is the medicine for life! We all had so much fun!” (Jingxian Mei, Clown Foundation Course 2018)
“A hilarious, fun and excruciating way to spend a Monday evening. I felt like every week I would discover a life lesson or two while learning to clown. All in all it was a pretty fantastic course!” (Molly de Dios, Clown Foundation Course 2018)
“You won't know when you start a clown course what you will discover ... with Jon Davison he makes it wholly about your journey, supportive and a true guide. He has specific and helpful ideas, which he clearly communicates, even more, he has a genuine capacity to facilitate your learning. People say he’s a clown teacher genius. I am saying this too, although I have only experienced 8 other clown teachers. I never want to leave the London Clown School … that’s why I am so happy to keep getting it wrong (this is a bad clown joke)!” (Justine Smith, London Clown School 2017-18)
“thank you so much for all the laughs and the experiences so far...it’s a wonderful class and I’m very grateful to you and the group for the sheer joy of it all. Thanks for sharing your superb gifts and teaching” (Mark Denham - London Clown School student)
Thanks for such an engaging workshop. I loved how you de-emphasized the individual clown- which has always felt like a difficult way in for me. It was fascinating to see how we arrived at many of the core concepts in clown in a much more intuitive and felt way. (Rebecca Stevens MA Performance Practice Research, RCSSD)
"What a ridiculously funny and informative workshop!" (Nathalie Codsi, Brighton clown student)
"Some of the most illuminating and enjoyable workshops I've done (and I'm addicted to the things)" (Jonathan Richardson, producer of House of Idiot Comedy Club, and London Clown School student) "Jon Davison is a great clown teacher" (Lucy Hopkins, freelance physical theatre performer and creator)