Weekend Workshop in Belgrade, Serbia
Time & Location
About the Event
Weekend Clown Workshop in Belgrade with Jon Davison
7th – 8th March 2020
To enrol and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details: www.jondavison.net
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.
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.