Summer Clown Campus 2018
SUMMER COURSES IN AUGUST
How To Become The Clown You Already Are
2nd - 12th August 2018
(10 days class plus one free day)
Rediscover your pleasure in playing, and reconnect with your innocence. Loved by the audience, it´s then when our Clowns are born, when we consciously give ourselves the freedom to be who we are, perfect in our imperfection, beautiful in our naivety and clumsiness. You will learn the formulas of Clown and Humour. We will do at least one trip out to practise with audience, in the street or a centre.
Find and accept your failure and use your own ridiculousness in your favour: flop and laugh at yourself and you will make others laugh! Admire each other for our stupidity and together make fools of ourselves.
What Can Your Clown Do?
15th – 25th August 2018
(10 days class plus one free day)
Explore how to generate varied material for your Clown, using your abilities and inabilities! Find what suits you best: emotions, monologues, actions, characters and, especially, the knowledge of how to generate new ideas and numbers for yourself in the future. Improve your creative capacity, your criteria and your understanding of humour! We shall do at least one performance outside of the school.
One course (10 days): €400 (paying before 15th June for the first course and before 1st July for the second course); €450 (paying before 15th July)
Two courses (20 days): €800 (paying before 1st July); €900 (paying before 15th July)
You can reserve your place by paying half of the total cost now, and then the rest before 15th of July for the first course and before 1st August for the second course
Price includes: Classes, accommodation, trips to perform; use of tent and use of facilities at Cal Clown.
Price does not include: food
The food and its cost are the students’ responsibility. Students will be responsible for deciding shopping lists as a group and doing the shopping, which will be organised by the school and using the minimum amount of time as possible out of class, or done after street exercises.
The cost of the food will depend on the students’ choices, but if done wisely should not be much. We can also have a cook to prepare the lunchtime meal if the students agree to having the extra cost (this will depend on the number of students).
The cost of the food for ten days is difficult to tell in advance, but usually its between €30 and €60, it can vary a lot depending on what the students buy (please remember the food at Cal Clown is always vegetarian).
If any students have their own vehicle, we may ask them to help with transport on shopping trips, and the expense of the petrol will be shared by the students.
Please read general course conditions before enrolling
Short Clown Courses in August
You can do a five-day course this summer if you can’t make
it for longer
Choose your five days!
2nd–6th August - How To Become The Clown You Already Are (Part 1)
8th-12th August - How To Become The Clown You Already Are (Part 2)
15th-19th August - What Can Your Clown Do? (Part 1)
21st-25th August - What Can Your Clown Do? (Part 2)
One five-day course €250
(payment deadline 23rd July)
At Cal Clown we work on Clown in depth and rigorously, expecting from students commitment, passion and dedication, which is the only way, we believe, to achieve all the benefits of this profession/state of being, whether professionally or as a spiritual path. Making people laugh through Love is a serious business, in our opinion.
More about: How To Become The Clown You Already Are
We will start from zero, from the foundations of the Clown. We will rediscover our pleasure in playing, and we will reconnect with our innocence. From that place we will realise that, as we are not hiding anything, as we are innocent like children, we are loved by the audience. It´s then when our Clowns are born, when we consciously give ourselves the freedom to be who we are, perfect in our imperfection, beautiful in our naivety and clumsiness.
We will work on the fundamentals of Clown:
Pleasure. The pleasure we have in play, in being alive. How to recognise it and maintain it, what happens when you lose it and what to do then.
The Flop. What it is exactly. What happens when the Flop comes and what to do then.
The trick to having certain success. How it works and why, if you do it well, it is impossible to fail in Clown.
Innocence. Redefining this concept, and becoming aware of why it is vital for the Clown, and which results we can achieve by being more innocent.
This course includes a trip to the street to experiment with your clown.
For those who do not intend to dedicate themselves professionally to Clown, this course constitutes a very enriching experience as well as serving to liberate prejudices and fears, leading to greater self-awareness and self-acceptance.
We will explore the fundamentals of clowning: the pleasure of play, finding and accepting our failure; how to use our own ridiculousness in our favour. In other words, laugh at yourself and you will make others laugh! We will put on a red nose in order to remove our masks, to be re-born as clowns. We will admire each other for our stupidity and together will make fools of ourselves, enjoying the healthy craziness and innocence of the clown. We will work on the next concepts in practice: pleasure, flop, emptiness, the “not knowing”, the simplicity of the mental process of the Clown. We will explore, investigate and demonstrate what is it really that makes us funny, and what aspects we need to develop in our Clowns to make them work. We will understand the simple but effective formula to always have success as Clowns.
A workshop aimed at those who want to discover or continue searching for their clown, for those who want to be freer, to accept themselves completely and to take full responsibility for their whole being, in order to be better Clowns. It could be a transforming and enlightening experience, and for sure a very fun and enriching time.
An opportunity to explore more in depth how the Clown works. We will learn to share our pleasure with the audience, to relate to them through our eyes. We will simplify our thoughts and actions in order to bring humour more clearly to the audience. We will let ourselves go so that we will learn to swim comfortably in our craziness, in our absurdity, knowing when and how to get the best from it. We will work with emotions, understanding how the Clown relates in different ways to them, from play. How the Clown can feel much yet not suffer, how one becomes a mirror to human behaviour, via pleasure. How attachment/detachment works with emotions and the relationship to humour.
More about: What Can Your Clown Do?
Do you want to explore how to generate varied material in order to create finished Clown numbers you can put on stage? In this course we will look at how to generate ideas and numbers, using: the abilities of the student (or the lack of ability); the Clown monologue; Clown emotions; and Clown characters. Each student should leave with material to be working on and, especially, with the knowledge of how to generate new material in the future.
This course is ideal for: those who have you begun to discover Clown and want to start making their own numbers; those who have been working on numbers for a while, but who would like to improve their creative capacity and be able to generate a larger amount of material and of a variety of styles; those who want to create their own clown material at a more professional level; and those who have yet to work with text, emotions or characters from the Clown state.
This course focuses on the ‘rules’ and forms of comedy and what makes it work. We will work both on new material created during previous courses or on already existing ideas, or from the student’s own repertoire. In each case the objective will be to find the best form for the number to have a maximum comic impact on the audience. Most importantly, we will look at how to combine this knowledge with your own personal clown, and how to create well-made clown numbers without losing your own spontaneous clown stupidity.
You will take home a wide range of creative possibilities.