Workshop: Clown Workshop, John Beale

TORONTO: October 18th and 19th, 11-5, 2014
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Le Jeu and Clown work inspired by Philippe Gaulier. Formally titled “The Joy of Failure”, this work helps us get unstuck. It teaches us to listen, to re-discover play, not to push too much or shy away but to let go and be attuned to the moment – to find our open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous quality. For performers and non-performers. Actors and clowns yes but also…

dancers, filmmakers, painters, musicians, writers, stand-up comics, poets, teachers, acrobats, lawyers, doctors, public speakers, life coaches, facilitators, administrators, toy-makers, surfers, rocket-scientists, computer programmers, inventors, Feldenkrais practitioners, massage therapists, chefs, event planners, mindfulness practitioners, psychotherapists, social workers, university professors and many others have participated.

It doesn’t matter what form of performance you are working with it is always possible to be BAD.  This particular study of clown, inspired by Philippe Gaulier is a study of showing up, being open, sensitive, vulnerable, human, ridiculous, finding your special quality that connects you to others, being present and engaging to an audience, connecting and opening a channel between you and them.  It’s a rudimentary practice.  The skills learned can be applied anywhere.

“With this work people have to find a way of being beautiful and surprising…
and by beautiful I mean being in the grip of pleasure or freedom”.
Philippe on Clown

Location: TBA
11am -5pm each day
Cost $200 + HST
50% discount for returning students
20% discount for union members
Scholarship positions available.
Pre-registration and payment is required.
Space will be limited to 16 people.

For more information and to register: (416) 892-4322

JOHN BEALE is a Toronto based actor and teacher from Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. John is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris and Dalhousie University in Halifax and has been holding publicly offered performance workshops inspired by Gaulier since 2005.

John’s master teacher, Philippe Gaulier, is a world renowned theatre master and clown teacher, heading his own international school for over 25 years and turning out such talent as Sacha Baron Cohen, Emma Thompson and the founders of Theatre de Complicite.

“Finding one’s own Clown, in other words an absolute unique idiotic character, is an important moment in an actor’s life. The Clown’s way of playing is a special one. He is not only using his normal virtuosity as an actor, but he also has a frequently appearing playmate: – flop -. With this training we call him Mister Flop and we treat him with a hell of a lot of respect. Playing with Mister Flop happens after many, many other flops that weren’t at all deliberate. Mr. Flop will say to the Clown: “You are in the shit. Salvage what you can“. The great delight of being on stage, combined with childish pleasure, fun and perhaps a very special yell make us love him and the Clown is off to save the show. If the pleasure in staying on stage is great, then the Clown will be forgiven. He’s allowed to be no good over and over. If the pleasure is not great enough, the clown will look like someone ashamed at being no good. He won’t be loved. -Gaulier