Mike Hirschbach

 

HIGH IMPACT CIRCUS & THEATRICS



Workshops

CIRCUS ARTS ~ CLOWN ~ MOVEMENT AND PLAY

"The 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 performance.

 
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