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Jon Davison teaches in his home city of London and all around the world

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After two years when we weren't able to get together and share clowning in person, there are new in-person workshops coming up in 2022 around the world, in:

 

June: London

June: Potsdam, Germany

July: Brussels

September: Vancouver, NYC, Asheville and more

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One-Week Workshop in London

13th-17th June 2022

 

Time: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday

 

Venue: Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, London E14 7HA

 

Cost: £300

To book your place, email  info@jondavison.net for details on how to enrol

Maximum: 16 participants

This workshop dives into the fundamental dynamics of clowning: what happens between us when we clown in front of others, alone or with others?

 

This workshop is concerned with laughter, and the unique relationship the clown performer has with it - when it is present and when it is absent. But it is not concerned directly with the question of HOW to be funny. Nor is it concerned with the question of WHY something is funny. These are not inane questions but they are dealt wit amply by others elsewhere.

 

Laughter is the fulcrum upon which clowning balances. Laughter does amazing things to us, physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually. Whilst we are immersed in it, it seems to relieve us of the burdens of norms, expectations and even meaning itself. What a relief!

But it is never under our control. To pursue such domination is a pointless task. But neither is it advisable to discard it, out of fear of not attaining it. Clowns who MUST be funny and clowns who DON’T HAVE to be funny are a turn off.

 

This workshop is mostly about relationships, between you and others, whether you or they are clowning or witnessing the clowning. The relationships form dynamically and change rapidly in real time, buffeted about by actions, responses, laughter, the absence of laughter, and our feelings about ourselves and others.

 

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 clowning. How do clowns do what they do, how does your stupidity make you a success, and how does the unthinkably ridiculous come about?

 

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.

One-Week Workshop

in Brussels

18th-22nd July 2022 

Time: 10am-5pm Monday-Friday

Cost: €300

Venue: The Open Space, Chaussée de Vleurgat 15, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

 

To book your place, email  info@jondavison.net for details on how to enrol

Maximum: 16 participants

Workshop taught in English

 

This workshop dives into the fundamental dynamics of clowning: what happens between us when we clown in front of others, alone or with others?

 

This workshop is concerned with laughter, and the unique relationship the clown performer has with it - when it is present and when it is absent. But it is not concerned directly with the question of HOW to be funny. Nor is it concerned with the question of WHY something is funny. These are not inane questions but they are dealt wit amply by others elsewhere.

 

Laughter is the fulcrum upon which clowning balances. Laughter does amazing things to us, physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually. Whilst we are immersed in it, it seems to relieve us of the burdens of norms, expectations and even meaning itself. What a relief!

But it is never under our control. To pursue such domination is a pointless task. But neither is it advisable to discard it, out of fear of not attaining it. Clowns who MUST be funny and clowns who DON’T HAVE to be funny are a turn off.

 

This workshop is mostly about relationships, between you and others, whether you or they are clowning or witnessing the clowning. The relationships form dynamically and change rapidly in real time, buffeted about by actions, responses, laughter, the absence of laughter, and our feelings about ourselves and others.

 

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 clowning. How do clowns do what they do, how does your stupidity make you a success, and how does the unthinkably ridiculous come about?

 

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

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Four-Day Workshop

in Potsdam, Germany

20th-23rd June 2022 

Time: 10am-5pm Monday-Thursday

Venue: Werkstatt für Clownforschung

Lennéstr. 74/75

14471 Potsdam

 

Full details: https://www.clownforschung.de/seite/573614/fundamental-dynamics-of-clowning-the-pleasure-of-laughter-jon-davison.html

 

Costs:

Early Bird Spaces 1-6  €300

Spaces 7-12 €360

 

Booking and more info:

info@clownforschung.de

info@jondavison.net

tel. +49173/738254

 

About the workshop:

This workshop dives into 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?

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.

What happens when you clown in front of others, alone or with others?

 

This workshop is mostly about relationships, between you and others, whether you or they are clowning or witnessing the clowning. The relationships form dynamically and change rapidly in real time, buffeted about by actions, responses, laughter, the absence of laughter, and our feelings about ourselves and others.

 

This workshop is concerned with laughter, and the unique relationship the clown performer has with it - when it is present and when it is absent. But it is not concerned directly with the question of HOW to be funny. Nor is it concerned with the question of WHY something is funny. These are not inane questions but they are dealt with amply by others elsewhere.

 

Laughter is the fulcrum upon which clowning balances. Laughter does amazing things to us, physically, emotionally, spiritually, intellectually. Whilst we are immersed in it, it seems to relieve us of the burdens of norms, expectations and even meaning itself. What a relief!

 

But it is never under our control. To pursue such domination is a pointless task. But neither is it advisable to discard it, out of fear of not attaining it. Clowns who MUST be funny and clowns who DON’T HAVE to be funny are a turn off.