clown is an orangutan who is also a poet."
Clowning is both easy and
hard; easy because the clown is very close to our self, and yet not our
self. Hard because it's composed of contradictions; it requires quick
thinking and no-mindedness, deft clumsiness, the acquisition of skills
and then making them invisible, the ability to enter wholeheartedly into
a group, and be utterly open on stage. The clown is difficult, because
there is nowhere to hide, and familiar because we all, as children, come
from a background of free and generous play.
We begin with a physical
approach, starting with the basic *walk*, then explore timing, solo and
group improvisations, and work with objects. We end with the performance
of a basic skill, generously presented to the audience. In between is
the tight wire of exploration, supported by the openness and pleasure of