BE A CLOWN . 2017 . FRANCE
“How to be a clown” first workshop took place in France last November and it was soooo good! That’s why we decided to do it again this year – in the Summer, in beautiful, green rural France! During this workshop you will experience a deep journey within yourself to discover what you have lost while growing up – your perfect, beautiful inner idiot!
- time: May 27 – June 11 2017
- duration: 14 days
- place: Reygades, France
- price: 480 eur if you apply before 24. February 2017 (you will receive an answer not later than 1. March); 680 eur if you apply between 25. February and 25. March (you will receive an answer not later than 1. May). The price includes activities and housing.
- places: 20 participants
- trainer: Richard Kimberley
About the workshop
The art behind clowning lies in the fantastic idiot hidden deep within us. The sublime ridiculous. Those deep down parts that we have been told to cover up over the many years in this world. Now its time to uncover, to let them shine and to display them with the pride of a beautiful idiot. To open a world true to impulse and laughter. Did you ever wonder why everyone laughs when someone makes a mistake? That wonderful stupid face of not being in control, normally for a split second. This is the challenging window into the clown. So what is a clown? Well let’s put it this way. “A comic is funny because of what he does, a Clown is funny because he is happy with the ‘shit’ he does.”
The pleasure of this idiot is unique for every performer and the training is an exploration to find this. An exploration into openness and truth. An exploration into oneself. To be bad, to not understand and to fail, are celebrated and embraced through the pleasure to play. We will explore the game, the pleasure of the actor, stage play, the body in space and action, group awareness and the red nose, the mask of the clown and the tool to explore into the world of the ridiculous.
About the Trainer
Richard Kimberley has been teaching and performing internationally for 6 years. He completed studies with clown guru Philippe Gaulier at his school in France. Majoring in theatre, clown, vaudville & bouffon. Studied clown in Spain with Hernan Gene and Gabriele Chame. Trained Mask Movement theatre in Italy with Matteo Destro and Paula Coletto, along with training pantomime, music, circus, magic and acrobatics.
Through his training and performing Richard has developed an interest in exploring and teaching the awareness of the performer, of the audience, of each other and of course of ones self. His work is fuel by the search of games and dreams. the search for where one has pleasure, for where one is beautiful, why one is special and of course… how to share this with the audience.
About the Location
The workshop will take place in our lovely Nomadways space! It is a renovated barn with all the comfort you need for a creative residency and clown activities. It is located in Southern France in a rural town called Reygade. Around our home, you will find sweet green hills to take walks around and the river Dordogne to canoe on. We have two cats, a dog and some chickens to become friends with too. Come and see: it’s a hidden french paradise.
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What previous participants say:
I took a lot from the workshop to my personal life. Clear and honest communication, trust, playfulness and presence. How to connect with the audience and with people in general in an open way, looking in the eyes. I feel inspired to keep on working on my clown and to live and check in other contexts how will I apply this knowledge.
-Priscilla Oliveira Gonçalves
I will take away quite a lot but i also need to reflect on it in the coming days, weeks, months…
…beside all the games and tools, i guess i will feel more confident in being in front of an audience in general and connect with it.
…in general i also feel i refreshed my interest and passion for arts and circus, both for myself but also on a professional level. for sure i will be more likely to organise projects involving theatre etc; doing it by myself for 3 weeks, i actually realised even more how this kind of activities can be a fantastic tool in youth and social work, regarding personal development as well as collective dynamics.
Everything was well planned. I felt like I just have to follow so things would happen in the good way. Thank you for this. It allowed me to relax and only concentrate on clowning!
i definitely recommend it: it is a way to work deeply on yourself in a funny environment, safe and supportive!
I love Richard’s sense of humour and somewhat light way of teaching: I had a lot of fun during the work, but it wasn’t some goofing around. I liked how we got things done and still laughed and had fun.
Loved the steadyness during all the time, the calm and clear instructions. Loved the wide range of skills he (Richard, the trainer) shared. Loved the humbleness.