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Assistant to two of the greatest clowns ever, deceased Carlo Colombaioni and Jango Edwards, Clément Triboulet also organises his own clown workshops.
These clown workshops are not only aimed at budding clowns but also at each and every one of us. We all have a clown inside us. Finding that clown and bringing him or her to life enables us to see life through the eyes of a clown and, believe me, it’s very different ! It changes everyday life and frees us from our usual “mental restraints”.
The workshops are open to children both big and small and to all us ex children, from the ages of 7 to 77.
In the workshops, we aim to bring out, work on and improve the three qualities which make up the essence of every good clown :
Innocence- Heart- Wisdom
We were all born with “innocence”, it is provided in our starter kit ! Then, little by little, as we grow up, we forget and we lose it. The great clowns are those who have managed to rediscover their childhood innocence. If you watch children as they play, you will see that they are the best clowns in the world ! The games used in the clown workshops are the same as those used by professional clowns to improve, work and, therefore, play ! All of them were originally designed for children aged between 3 and 9 ! Play is the best way to rediscover the innocence that we have hidden away.
A clown’s mission is, above all, to give the audience the gift of laughter. Too many actors act for themselves, to be seen and admired. A clown has a duty, through laughter, to offer love to people. A clown cannot be selfish and should instead be generous. It is therefore essential that a clown “shares” with his audience, that he build an exchange, that he has permanent visual contact. That sort of communication cannot be obtained through intellect but only with the heart. Contact is made through the eyes. “Look at the audience” doesn’t just mean looking towards the back of the room as it would in a theatre, it means being able to tell the colour of someone’s eyes when we look at them. Work on facial expressions and the expressiveness of eyes is an important part of the work done in the workshops.
The wisdom of great clowns is acquired with experience. In order to gain this experience, we work on classical “clown acts” passed on down to us by former clowns. They have been brought to us from our illustrious predecessors who, in traditional circuses, filled short intervals, with rhythm and efficiency, always based on the same magic formulas and timed like Swiss watches. Work will be based on rhythm, timing, and attitude, the accuracy of expressions, body control and sharing with the audience. It will be put into practice in sketches or little shows.
The Maestro, his assistant and the fabulous andalousian students !
Practical information :
The workshops are completely adaptable depending on the participants’ ages and objectives. They can take place over a week-end, a week (3 to 5 hours a day), or during a festival and regularly lead up to a show and/or sketches within an established programme.