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Creating Clown Performance Material with Jon Davison

  • MainLine Theatre 3997 Boulevard Saint-Laurent Montréal, QC, H2W 1Y4 Canada (map)

September 13&14 2018
9:30am - 13:30
Mainline Theatre
3997 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, 
Montréal, H2W 1Y4

Early Bird Price 200$+tax - Ends August 15th
Regular Price 300$ +tax

Email a 100$ non-refundable deposit to to hold your spot in the 8 hour workshop.

(spaces already reserved) 

Do not miss this opportunity to work with the world renowned clown master Jon Davison, all the way from the U.K. 

How do we bring together your own particular way of clowning (your stupidity and craziness) with careful crafting and composition of performance material?

In this workshop we shall be looking at how to make sure the material you create really works for you. There are countless practical ways of devising material appropriate for your clowning. Awareness of and understanding of these is far preferable to just hoping the clown you ‘found’ or a single idea will survive the real stage situation.

his workshop fuses a personal approach to your clowning together with taking care to set up and structure your performance. Other kinds of comic performers habitually spend a lot of time and effort on ‘material’. Stand-up comedians worry over joke structure, sketch comedians search for strong premises for their ideas. Why should clowns be different? Just because clowns incarnate the chaotic, the inept and the disruptive, doesn’t mean that clowning is not, in part, a craft. Popular misconceptions suppose that clowns just get up there and are funny just by being true to their inner selves. But looking inside yourself won’t really save you if your number isn’t working for an audience. 

This workshop is suitable for those with differing levels of experience, but who have begun to create their own performances as clowns. You might be stuck and want to find a way to complete your creation, or want to revisit your material and improve it or change it, or find a way to make your ideas suit your own way of clowning more closely.

Jon Davison is a clown performer, teacher, director, researcher, writer and musician with more than 30 years experience. Co-founder in 1993 of Companyia d’Idiotes, he has toured festivals, theatres, tents, streets and bars throughout Europe from Sicily to the Arctic. He trained at the École Philippe Gaulier and Fool Time Circus School (Bristol). He currently runs regular clown training workshops in London (London Clown School), at Circomedia in Bristol and around Britain and internationally (Peru, South Africa, Belgium, Sweden). He was a co-founder and co-Director of Studies at the Escola de Clown de Barcelona in 2006 and previously taught clown, impro, and acting at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona from 1996-2006, and was a Research Fellow investigating clown training at Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), where he is now a visiting lecturer.

He is the author of “Clown Readings in Theatre Practice” and “Clown Training, a practical guide”, both published by Palgrave Macmillan and which have become the standard works in their field. He is currently writing a new textbook with video for Bloomsbury Methuen entitled “The Clowning Workbook” and “Clown Theory” for Palgrave Macmillan.

He is continually developing his teaching methods, which although they have their roots in his own training with Gaulier, have developed into an approach which is both simpler and broader in its scope, including detailed work on how to create material that works for clown performers outside of the classroom situation.

Earlier Event: September 12
Montreal Clown Festival