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THE TAO OF CLOWN

28 September, 2019  → 30 September, 2019 - Brattleboro, VERMONT


THE TAO OF CLOWN

 

A poetic journey

of awareness through laughter


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Welcome to a unique adventure, in which poetry meets healing and your personal clown will reveal your own crazy wisdom.
A human being, alone in front of the audience, a Red Nose, the smallest mask in the world. No costume, no text, no devised actions, nothing: the emptiness, the simple silent presence… Suddenly a gesture appears: a spontaneous movement, an emotion, a sound… The audience recognizes something profoundly human and the miracle of laughter is there: the mysterious gift of all clowns.
 
The Clown is a very personal comic state. It exists in the fullness of the present moment: in this state of being without doing, the person touches the richness of the “here and now” and becomes aware of her/his way of being in contact with the world.
In this letting go of all intentions s/he touches the magical “poetry of the ridiculous”: to play with one’s uniqueness, to laugh at oneself, to laugh with oneself, transforming fragility, imperfections, wounds  and contradictions into comic poetry and personal power.

 
Artistically, the Clown has a profound poetic potential because it allows the person to explore and play with the naiveté of the child and the rigor of the adult.


The clown state is raw, personal, unique, challenging, empowering, revealing, extremely rewarding. The clown exists in a state of playing where everyone has access to this key question: what is so funny about myself? And the red nose as mask has the sublime power of transforming any true emotion into comic presence.

Deeply rooted in Mask and Movement Theater, the pedagogy of the workshop focuses on the analysis of the physical and emotional world of each person, as revealed by the body moving in space.

In terms of movement, no-body is neutral: every-body carries themes that are profoundly expressive, em-bodied in everyday movement as physical patterns. There is a web of physical and emotional “background noises" within each person's movement and physical presence. This web appears like painting/markings on a white sheet. They are “dramatic” in the etymological sense. They contain a drama: an action.This work of analysis leads to the discovery of a unique clown, with a specific body, tempo, voice, attitudes, emotions, and poetic world.

The search of one’s own clown is an intense and fascinating emotional journey. It’s a quest of self knowledge and emotional awareness that brings each person in contact with her unique way of being in the body and in space: to inhabit and play with one’s own unique physical and emotional world, to amplify it and transform it into a universal comic form.

 

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 THE PEDAGOGY

 

The pedagogical approach integrates Physical Theatre with Gestalt Therapy, Bioenergetics, Taoist Principles and  Process Work.
The result is a deep artistic and emotional work, involving the body in a dynamic of play, laughter and awareness. In the core of the work there is the combination of three fundamental principles.
The first two come from the  bodywork tradition, first expressed in the West by Wilhelm Reich and then explored in many different approaches.

The expression of all emotions brings fluidity (flow) to the body and this fluidity brings physical pleasure.

What is not expressed by the body remains  impressed in the body in the form of physical tensions and movement patterns.

The third comes from the ancient tradition of theatre as a ritual of connection with the powers of the human soul.

The parts of ourselves that we don’t play, will play us. 

Combining these principles, playing in the clown state becomes a form of playful and embodied awareness, reconnection and empowerment.

Through the unfolding of the impressed energies of the body, a clown will appear, and through playing this form a unique freedom and a pleasure will arise.

The Way (Tao) of clown brings a powerful insight, witnessed by the audience, and generates the ecstatic joy of being who we are, in an amazing experience of letting go of all intention (Wu-Wei).

This workshop addresses to every person wishing to experience a journey of self-discovery through the healing power of laughter.  It is open to any person intersted in working on her-himself, and to any one who is involved in the arts, education, social work, health care (educators, social workers, therapists...)

The emotional work will be intense and ecstatic: the body will reveal what it needs to experience and express, in a dynamic of amplification, play, letting go and awareness.
Shadows, angels, demons, archetypes, physical symptoms, dreambody processes will appear and will be welcomed in the alchemical power of the group.

 

A strong and playful desire of diving in one’s own folly is required !

   
Come and walk off the cliff and discover that we don’t fall.
Actually, we are falling upward.

 

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SCHEDULE


The workshop is devised as a 3-day intensive.
Saturday September 28th: 9:30am to 6:00pm
Sunday September 29th: 9:30am to 6:00pm
Monday September 30th: 9:00am to 5:30pm

 

LOCATION
BRATTLEBORO, Vermont, USA
Broad Brook Community Center
3940 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT 05301


 

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ENROLLMENT

TUITION
Early bird discount: US$ 340 if full payment is sent by September 1st.
Full Price: US$ 390 if full payment is sent after  September 1st.

Please note that tuition does not include accommodation: participants will be responsible for organizing their staying in Brattleboro.

To apply to the workshop, please send Giovanni a letter of motivation by e-mail, sharing some of the story or the vision or the dream or the desire or the fear or the un-explicable intuition tlhat leads you to this workshop. Once the application is accepted, applicants can confirm their enrollment by sending a $200 non-refundable deposit-check.

Once accepted, places will be given in order of arrival.

Please note that the number of participants is limited to 10


The Application Deadline is
AUGUST 25th, 2019


IMPORTANT NOTICE
The workshop will be confirmed as soon as the minimum number of 8 participants will be reached. If, by the early bird deadline, the minimun number of confirmed participants will not be reached, the workshop will be cancelled and the deposit will be refunded.

For further information about the content of the workshop, and for applications
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Picture n.1: Joan Miro'. The smile of the flamboyant wing (1953)
Picture n.2: Quint Bucholz. Giacomond (1994)

Picture n.3: Clown performance at the HELIKOS school, Florence, 2013.
Picture n.4: The Red Nose Training 2015, Boulder.
Picture n.5.
Henri Matisse: Icarus (1947)

Design & programming : DomRadisson.net