|A red nose...
Once again, I recently had the pleasure of donning a red nose to play with fellow clowns under Master Teacher Christopher Bayes. Chris is Professor Adjunct of Acting and Head of Physical Acting at Yale, and the founder of The Funny School of Good Acting. I just finished a week of Advanced Clown followed by a week of Commedia dell'Arte. What an incredible time exploring and pursuing the clown in all of its gloriously messy and loud fun and poignant beauty with a slew of other amazing souls.
"Once the clown has been discovered it will stay with you always because it lives in your personal sense of play and your relationship to all other forms of drama will be enriched by the honesty, openness and reckless abandon that the clown requires. Clown is a rediscovery of self. The playful self. The ferocious self. The vulnerable self. The artist." - Chris Bayes' website
I was surprised last summer to discover that my clown is not at all what I thought she would be. Turns out my clown is very loud, quite belligerent, and aggressive. Who knew?
My clown name? Shouted in a belligerent tone: "Take It Off and Gimme That, It's Mine Now..."
I look forward to further clown work in the near future. Once you find your clown, you sort of can't go back, you know?