BE A CLOWN . 2016 . FRANCE
“How to Be a Clown” engaged a group of youth workers and clown artists, from all over Europe in a clown workshop. It took place in Bernay en Ponthieu, France, from 2 to 22 of November 2016. It involves 7 partners and 21 participants from France, Germany Italy, Netherland, Portugal, Spain and Turkey.
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.
And a few participants words:
“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, Brasil
“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.” Damien Dechanterac, France
“I definitely recommend it: it is a way to work deeply on yourself in a funny environment, safe and supportive!” Sara Celeghin, Italy
“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.” Luka Piletič, Slovenia
“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!” Cécile Laurans, France
“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.” Antonio Cargnello, Italy