Nelson British Columbia
Playshops: Inner Clown Adventure
Description: The clown allows our imagination to soar, whilst keeping our feet firmly on the ground. Working with warm-ups, games and on the empty stage, we will find our inner clowns through improvisation, play and welcoming everything that emerges. We warm up with physical and vocal game exercises. We continue with improvisations on a stage - alone or with others. Each improvisation is discussed to identify and bring out the positive and important aspects of our clown and how it lives in us. This is done with care and respect for each individual and within a framework of rules that ensures a secure and safe environment. Workshops are limited to 12 participants.
Serious Fun Events: Blondine is also available for hire for an hour, for a morning, an afternoon, or a day of Serious Fun. This light hearted experience is perfect for team building in business, men and women's groups and any organisation that wishes to lighten up its environment and interactions.
These games and exercises do create connection, trust, listening and creativity (in oneself and others). Serious Fun is great for Students, Teachers and all Human Beings alike.
Weekend Adventures: Weekends sometimes start Friday evening 7-10 and continue all day Saturday and Sunday till noon. There are possibilities of deepening the journey by doing weekend 2 and 3 at later times. There are also many diverse adventures: Couples in the nose , Parent and Child in the nose, Singles in the nose, All is possible in the nose, Serious Business Fun in the nose.
Week Journeys: consisting of 5 days
Clown 1 The courage to Be
Encumbered by the expectations of ourselves and others, how do we find the strength to shake off the limitations and fears that isolate us and prevent us from feeling free? How do we responsibly summon the Courage to BE?
Clowning is a state of playfulness that allows us to experience a child-like, naïve and vulnerable state of being ... and paradoxically we learn, grow, and are strengthened through reconnecting playfully with what makes us most vulnerable. This approach to clowning is not a technique (tricks, gags and routines), but a personal journey towards finding one’s unique way of being - by listening and being receptive, essential skills for any creative and imaginative endeavour. It is only in letting go of control that we begin to be surprised by the depth of that which is around us and within us.
The word “courage” comes from a root that means “heart.” Through clowning and connecting to our naturally playful and creative spirit, we can develop and sustain, in ourselves and in each other, the heart to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves.
This course establishes the foundation for all our work and is an essential first step before going on to more advanced courses such as Social Clowning .
Clown 2 Embrace the Unexpected
This course offers further practice of clowning with the focus on structure and relationship. The more demanding aspects of this level comes from a need to practice a responsiveness to - and awareness of - your partner on stage; your audience and the images, stories and characters, that emerges during improvisation. The teaching method will emphasise finding greater insights into the techniques of improvisation and performance, providing challenges and inspirations enough to take your understanding of this work forward