Le jeu and clown - play and the joy of failure! Discover your inner idiot - sensitive, open, human, ridiculous - and genius! With your pleasure PLAY and ability to FLOP with panache you will engage with a powerful force that connects you on a profound level to the audience, opening a channel between you and them.
"Finding one’s own Clown, in other words an absolute unique idiotic character, is an important moment in an actor’s life. The Clown’s way of playing is a special one. He is not only using his normal virtuosity as an actor, but he also has a frequently appearing playmate: - flop -. With this training we call him Mister Flop and we treat him with a heck of a lot of respect. Playing with Mister Flop happens after many, many other flops that weren’t at all deliberate. Mr. Flop will say to the Clown: “You are in trouble! - Salvage the show! The great delight of being on stage, combined with childish pleasure, fun and perhaps a very special yell make us love him again and the Clown is off to save the show. If the pleasure in staying on stage is great, then the Clown will be forgiven. He’s allowed to be no good over and over. If the pleasure is not great enough, the clown will look like someone ashamed at being no good. He won’t be loved. With this work people have to find a way of being beautiful and surprising... and by beautiful I mean being in the grip of pleasure or freedom". - Philippe Gaulier
ABOUT JOHN BEALE
John Beale is a teacher and award-winning actor based in Toronto. He is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris. He has trained, performed and taught extensively as a company member with the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Now as part of the faculty at Humber, Seneca at York University and Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts he teaches acting, scene study, improv and clown. He is a master clown teacher and has been holding publicly offered performance workshops and coaching actors since 2005. More at www.johnbeale.net.