Clown work is a spiritual and a creative exploration of the tragic and comic aspects of human life.
As clowns, one of our greatest challenges is to stay present to the audience and to hold their most
difficult feelings and experiences with levity and a kind of foolishness that creates a greater
freedom for revelation.
Clowning teaches us to strip away preconceived agendas. Clowning asks us to dig deep into the present to uncover and show what and who we really are.
”The genius of clowning is transforming the little everyday annoyances, not only overcoming but also transforming them into something strange and terrific. ... It is the power to extract mirth for millions out of nothing and less than nothing.” “Grock” – A. Wettach (1969)
Also let us not forget the function of the clown as a healer in ancient traditions, clowns excited people in order to heal them. The clown obliterates the barriers of the expected and the devil aspect of the clown is revealed, in doing so the clown opens up others to new possibilities. The deliberate confusion that is caused at the beginning of clown training is a strategy to enable people to be receptive to change, and therefore, to be receptive for healing. The healing aspect of the clown is then able to function, and reach others on a fundamental level as the barriers are down.
At Clown Foundation we teach clowns to work from a place of focus that totally centres on the individual and their humanity, we want clowns to draw on life’s lessons, experiences, ups and downs. We want them to scream and shout, laugh and cry, love and fight, rather than work from some artificially applied technique.
Lecoq (2001) describes this as “universal poetic sense” or the essence of life.
“Here we are dealing with an abstract dimension, made up of spaces, lights, colours, materials, sounds which can be found in all of us. They have been laid down in all of us by our various experiences and sensations, by everything that we have seen, heard, touched, tasted. All these things are there inside of us, and constitute the common heritage, out of which will spring dynamic vigour and the desire to create.”
To conclude clown creativity comes from finding that “Inner” honest, open, fearless and human clown that resides in you. The module in taught in nose, with evolving use of makeup and costume.