Play is, first and foremost, an expression of freedom. It is what one wants to do as opposed to what one is obliged to do. The joy of play is the ecstatic feeling of liberty. Play is not always accompanied by smiles and laughter, nor are smiles and laughter always signs of play; but play is always accompanied by a feeling of Yes, this is what I want to do right now. Clowns are free agents, not pawns in someone else’s game.
Removal of Fear
Fear can be a stumbling block for any performer, for the clown though it can be an epiphany. Once we no longer have fear of failure we can be an everyman standing in front of our audience happy to fail for and with them. The clown standing in his own failure unafraid of what comes next speaks to an audience about their own failures and gies a relief only shared laughter can.
Creativity in clowning teaches us to look at who we are first and foremost, Once we find this inner truth, things that may be overlooked by more societally constrained people start to open up a whole new world of possibilities in how we play. When you start from a place of truth and invite your audience along they relate to your struggle, your failure is their failure and your success is theirs.
Honesty and Openness
Playing the fool is never a good idea, Audiences can tell when they are watching you act. When you are in the moment and reacting the audience will buy into your struggle and revel in your triumphs. Fisrt you have to embrace what makes you different and instead of hiding it form the world put it on display for their enjoyment. Sharing with your audience at this level will make yoyur performance resonate with them on another level and opens up a world of potential.