“Hi, I am Yulia and I am very stupid!”
Hello, I am sane, I did not join a cult and you do not have to be concerned about me:-).
This week I went through a fantabulous clowning workshop with Jef Awada and discovered an amazing art form of red nose theatre clowning.
‘CLOWN & Bodywork Workshop’ was organized by the Theatre Garage Project at Zorba – the Global Arts Village on 26 and 27 July 2011.
Jef Awada a Clown Practioner from USA taught Red Nose Clowning and shared his knowledge of movement. Jef teaches Clowning and Suzuki Movement, Plasticity and Scenic Movement at Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Webster University.
In India red nose clowning is taught by Ashwat Bhatt, a National School of Drama and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art graduate. Ashwat has been holding residencies (known as the Theatre Garage Project) in a forest at Ramgarh, Nainital since 2007.
The Clown lives in yes mode and in the here and now. Through the Clown the actor explores the child in him/herself, the clown re-introduces you to child like imagination, devoid of moral and logical constraints. To learn clown is to learn how to connect with oneself and the audience. The Clown is an embodiment of real connect, awareness and reaction which are very crucial for an actor.
I connected to this art form especially as a workshop trainer. It’s the same with us: you have to give the total of yourself to your “audience”, to connect, be aware and react to the unfolding scenario. You put yourself into the circumstances, pursue your objectives, and things happen. And, of cause, your guide is the pleasure / interest of the audience. The only difference between a clown and a trainer is that the latter has *some* moral and logical constraints.
“Hi, I am ________ and I am very stupid!” This phrase does something to you, when you say it out loud… Want to try?