To catch your clown means to break out of the routine and to perceive the involuntary comedy in everyday life, to improvise, to play, to live in the moment, to be open to new possibilities, to make mistakes and laugh about them, to change, to discover and to be amazed…
What do you learn in a workshop?
You are the trick. Your body and your temperament are the instrument you play. I wish to help every participant to find his or her own typical comicality. In addition to that you learn stage technics: the conscience of time and space, taking in consideration the reactions of the public,
body expressions, cooperation with a partner etc.
How can you learn clowning?
The best way to learn clowning is to experiment. We often start with a relaxation and some movement games so that the participants get rid of the routines of their all-day life. After getting relaxed and releasing fears you also need to learn some discipline. Exercises with simple tasks help to concentrate on the essential. Usually, the clown is there even before you put the red nose on.
What do I get from a workshop if I am not going to perform?
You can take a lot with you: learn to appear more relaxed in front of a public or just to stay in a good mood. The body and the emotions are important elements in the clown training just like in actors' training. It's a many-sided, exigent training and at the best moments a great joy.
About what kind of clown it's about?
I' mainly interested at the theater clown: a clown that plays in the theatre or at other stages and not necessarily for children. My clown teachers in France come from the theater and are directly or indirectly inspired of the methods of Jacques le Coq (physical theatre), Arianne Mnouchkine (Théâtre du Soleil) and Mario Gonzalez.