Date: Monday 3rd June 2013
Time: 6 -10pm (the workshop runs from 6.30-9.15pm, preceded by an optional warm-up at 6pm and followed by 45 minutes when anyone in the room can show/work on upcoming pieces).
Venue: Morris Space, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP http://parktheatre.co.uk
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
More info: http://www.transmissionworkshop.com/events/11/t101-jon-davison/
The Workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of clowning, learning to feel and enjoy our own ridiculousness. Converting our habitual fear of ridicule into the pleasure of laughing at ourselves, we can use it to make others laugh and experience the freedom of the clown.
When you really look, most things are ridiculous: our bodies, our movements, our ideas, our emotions, our words, our relationships, the universe. The only aim in clowning is to turn failure into success, fear into laughter, suffering into joy. We don’t need to change ourselves, just look at everything from another perspective. It’s a human thing to do, so anyone can do it. Although only a few will choose to dedicate their lives to it, anyone can experience the clown.
This course is suitable for anyone interested in exploring clowning, with or without experience.
Jon Davison is a clown performer, teacher, director, researcher, writer and musician with 30 years experience. Co-founder in 1993 of Companyia d’Idiotes, he has toured festivals, theatres, tents, streets and bars throughout Europe from Sicily to the Arctic. He trained at the École Philippe Gaulier and Fool Time Circus School (Bristol).
He is a co-founder and co-Director of Studies at the Escola de Clown de Barcelona since 2006, the world’s leading centre offering comprehensive clown training programmes covering both practical and theoretical aspects of the clown arts. He previously taught clown, impro, and acting at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona from 1996-2006, and was a Research Fellow investigating clown training at Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), where he is now a visiting lecturer as well as working towards his PhD on clown performance.
Clown: Readings in Theatre Practice is Jon Davison’s first book, just published by Palgrave Macmillan. This rich collection of readings offers a wide-ranging and authoritative survey of clown practices, history and theory, from the origins of the word clown through to contemporary clowning. Covering clowns in theatre, circus, cinema, TV, street and elsewhere, the author's stimulating narrative challenges assumptions and turns orthodoxy on its head.
For more information about Jon Davison:
tel. +44 (0)7796 155546