Freedom in Failing: Clowning and the Art of Play (5 day intensive workshop)
Dates: 24-28 October
Location: Saint Barnabas Church, Shacklewell Row, Dalston, London E8 2EA
This workshop will explore what makes you funny. We are all humorous in different ways. We each have our own unique comedic self. The clown is at its essence you, not a character you play.
As humans beings we are all fallible and it is this imperfection that gives us our humanity. We are conditioned to always be good and hide our mistakes and faults. Conversely the clown finds pleasure in being bad and does not disguise anything, as a result he finds freedom from the normal constraints imposed on us, in our day-to-day lives. By embodying the true idiotic self, with optimism and sensitivity, we can find freedom on stage, opening up the imagination to find a place of infinite possibilities for laughter and play.
The clown exists in the moment, responding to and constantly finding games with the audience and fellow performers. Through a series of playful exercises, games and improvisations you will be encouraged to take risks, be impulsive and to find the pleasure to be stupid.
On this workshop you will learn:
To follow an impulse
To get out of your head and access the moment
To accept failure and use it to great comic effect
To listen to and be sensitive to an audience
To be light and playful and to find 'the game'
This workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced performers.
“As a teacher of clown and comedy Dan is outstanding. For anyone wanting to find inspiration to take their comedy to another level or if you are just starting to explore clown Dan’s workshops are invaluable. Every day was revelation and a joy”
Matthew Truesmith, actor and former Head of MA Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
"Dan creates a beautifully playful and safe environment"
Stephen Sobal, Artistic Director of All In Theatre.
"The workshop was exhilarating and fun. Whether it is clowning or indeed any kind of performance, Dan will help you seek the play and the truth in what you do"
Andrea Spisto, Infinite Experience Arts Company
"Dan is the real deal"
Phillip Burgers, Dr Brown
Dan has facilitated workshops for numerous theatre companies and has taught at the National Centre for Circus Arts, London Studio Centre, Mountview and East 15. As one half of award winning comedy clown duo the Establishment he has performed internationally. His directing credits include; Jula Masli and the Duncan Bros: 'Legs' (2019, Soho Theatre, Malcolm Hardy Award for Comic Originality), 'Logs' (2021, Soho Theatre), 'We Must Live' (2019, Offie Award Nominated, Voila Festival), Zuma Puma: 'Don't it, Don't it, Do it!' (2019, The Space UK) 'Playboy' (2022, The Pleasance)
Dan regularly tours with Clowns Without Borders UK, a charity that aims to improve the quality of life for children and communities living in crisis all over the world, most recently he ran a workshop for a group of Syrian circus performers at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jorden.
Dan is a co-founder of the London Clown Festival.
Full price £280
£250 conc. (unemployed or student) Evidence required.
To reserve a place please pay a £100 deposit through a bank transfer. Then the remainder is payable by before 31st September. For bank details and any questions email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The deposit is non-refundable but can be used for a future workshop. You will be required to pay the remainder by the 1st of April otherwise you may lose your place on the course.