Clowns make people laugh, it's their job. What makes them so special though? Clowns are sensitive, playful and optimistic. They explore through vulnerability and discomfort, creating a space where audiences can dream.
"When people laugh, your clown is near to you" - Philippe Gaulier
Improv and Clown pair very well as art forms. They are very close and both practices can help the other. In this 8-week course students will expand their improv tool-belt to incorporate the philosophies of clown and explore a variety of tools and techniques to be lighter, playful and more free on stage.
The course will begin with a look at 'Le Jeu' (the game) focusing on play, pleasure and complicité. The second half of the course will uncover a range of clowning techniques including, fixed point, the flop, finding the idiot within, discovering the pleasure to lie and creating a simple routine. On the last day of the workshop, students will present a small showcase of the work they have done.