Clowning #3: Skills and Numbers
9th-10th December 2023
Venue: Bold Elephant, 21 St.George’s Road, London SE1 6ES
Cost: £130 per weekend
Time: 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday
To book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to enrol
Maximum: 18 participants per workshop
Clowning #3 - Skills and Numbers
“How do I clown using the skills I have? How can I integrate clowning with what I am good at?
How can we bring together your own particular way of clowning (your stupidity and craziness) with the discipline of a particular skill, the things you are good at. These might be ‘recognised performing arts’ which people habitually pay money to go and see, like music, dance, circus. To they might be eccentric abilities with no ‘value’ such as waggling your ears, crossing your eyes, or singing while gargling water; that you might entertain your friends with at a party.
How can you be both a stupid, incompetent clown and at the same time remain focused on the skill, without simply being ‘bad’ at something?
There are numerous ways to clown even while being a virtuoso (you don’t have to be a virtuoso!), where your skill presents itself in surprising and unthinkable ways.
I have dedicated much of my explorations in 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 have a minimum level in a performance or eccentric skill.
We will aim to cover the following:
what makes your skill ridiculous?
generating clown performance material: wrongness, disruption, surprise
assessing your individual discipline and skills from clown points of view
clown scripting: structures, formats, paths
generating clown performance material with individuals’ disciplines
performance of compositions using first principles of clown/audience dynamics of laughter response
By the end of the workshop, individual participants should each:
have gained an understanding of how the conditions of clown performance may apply to their own skill (at whichever level of skill they are)
generated sufficient clown material relating to their discipline to continue working
have begun the work of creating a piece of clown performance intended for public display