WHAT IS CLOWNING?
Clowning as it relates to storytelling, Authentic Embodiment and Spiritual expansion
The word clown brings forth many images: the fool, the drunk, the jester, the wise one, the innocent, the buffoon. However, not one of these can sum up the full nature of a clown. To be a clown is to be in knowing possession of all facets of expression.
One thing is certain, the clown is physical; they use their bodies to paint a picture on the stage, arena, or television set. Therefore the craft of clowning requires the artist’s imagination and intellect to be fully integrated with their physical expression. Layered throughout the lesson of the clown are tools artists can use to learn how to create and edit their own work.
Clown, like any great art modality, is a reflection of our growth, or rather our unfolding or awakening as humans. After all, a clown has within them all aspects of humanity. And since they are not limited by socialization or normalized behaviours, they have the opportunity and encouragement to express all of them. It is because of this that clowning is more than just a tool for entertainment, circus, or theatre. It is a tool for embodiment and spiritual expansion.
In my work, I implement exercises gifted to me by my mentor, Ira Seidenstein*. All structured exercises are mechanical in nature, meaning there is no aesthetic put on what you are exploring or creating. Using the juxtaposition of structure and flow, our deepest magic and creative wisdom can surface. This is the practice, finding the way to the unlocked authentic creative expression and being able to mold it as it is channeled.