Bring Your Clown!
A coaching workshop for Clowns, Bouffons and other Comic Stage Creatures.
This workshop is specifically designed to give participants tools to work on their own acts.
You will ask:
What comic dynamic am I working with in my performance?
Why the audience laughs? And why it doesn't?
Why a piece works and how can I fix it if it doesn't?
Participants will bring their clown or comic stage creature, and one existing act, routine or project, solo or not, finished or unfinished, funny or ...not yet. They will present their act as a short piece (max. 10 minutes), and this will be the basis for a coaching session that will focus on the three different hats that the clown-creator needs to wear.
The comic persona, the comic core, the contact with the audience, amplification and articulation of movement, emotional awareness and presence.
Playing with space. Rhythm: pace and variations. The structure of an act: entrance, presentation, development and variations, crescendo, climax, finale, exit.
Understanding a clown’s potential and weakness, the choice of themes and their development, the mask and countermask of the clown, the use of the actor’s skills (music, singing, acrobatics, juggling, dance and unusual or unique skills).
The aim of this course is to give participants professional theatre tools, in order to create within their own comic poetic world. It addresses theatre artists with experience in the world of physical comedy.
Two modes of participations are possible:
1. Performing participants (6 minimum-10 acts): their performing material will be presented in the coaching sessions.
2. Assisting participants: (20 maximum) they will assist the workshop as audience members of the coaching sessions and will participate to the collective exercises that will focus on some principles of physical comedy emerged during the work.
Performing Participants (Price per Act)
Early Bird Enrolment: $300.00 (pay by January 10th, 2017)
Full Price: $350.00
Assisting Participants/Observation (Price per Person)
Early Bird Enrolment: $130.00 (pay by January 10th, 2017)
Full Price: $160.00
Tuesday January 31st
9:00am-6:00pm (A day of presenting and coaching sessions)
Wednesday February 1st
9:00am-11:00am : (Performing participants have acces to the venue for rehearsing)
(Break for lunch)
2:00-7:00 pm : Coaching sessions
The Tuxedo Cat
293 LaTrobe St, Melbourne
HOW TO BOOK?
You need to apply directly to Giovanni. Please write a letter of intent describing the project you want to work on, and a link to some video material/support documentation. Giovanni will then assess your application and let you know the result. Please email your application to
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