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The Art of Clowning-Body First, Mind Second. -NY Clown Theatre Festival 2014
The Brick Theatre -NY Clown Theatre Festival
Brooklyn , NY
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A 2-day workshop with René Bazinet

This workshop is presented by the NY Clown Theatre Festival ( and specifically designed for performers that have trained and have experience clown and physical comedy. The workshop will be led in English.

September 20th -21th
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Warm up at 9:30am
**Workshop will be held at the brand new Triskelion Arts.  

This workshop will focus on stepping out of the mind and coming home to the environment of the body. Rene will use the techniques of Feldenkrais, Neutral Mask, and exercises to creating complicity with the audience. Rene will teach you to place the mind second and use the intelligence of the body to develop new work and play authentically.

This workshop will focus on:

Understanding one's own physical instrument
Connecting with the creative intelligence of the body
Re-discovery of the inner-child
Winning the public's complicity

Beginning with a series of physical awareness exercises in the style of "Feldenkrais" we will  inner explorations of our physical body and it's own innate intelligence in a slow and thorough way. This puts the aspirant into a deeper contact and understanding of his or her physical instrument. The mind, quite naturally takes second place......and observes, feels, and intently listens to it's host and best friend, the body. For many it feels like stepping out of the mind and coming home to their first environment -their body .

With the mind in second place, we will focus on how to conduct the innate expressiveness of it's host, the body.  The mind, having abandoned it's structured personality and put aside it's personal history learns to become a subtle co-pilot for the body's innate creativity that is driving the vehicle into unknown territory that the mind couldn't even imagine existed.

Through use of the Neutral Mask we will open up to  an awareness of an enormous realm of possibilities and in this forever new realm of possibilities we approach our original state of a child.
Re-entering, or let's say rediscovering, one's inner child's innocence- the necessary condition to Bazinet's approach the art of clowning .

In this new state we will play through exercises and activities aiming at contacting one's public, and winning the public's complicity.


René Bazinet is a mime, clown and actor on the stage and screen.   Over the past thirty years René Bazinet's talent served the most famous North American and European theaters. Of late, he formed and trained the Clowns called "The Movers" for the Cirque Du Soleil in the show of "Zarkana".
He graced the stages of Circus Rocallli, the Wintergarten in Berlin, the Teatro De La Fenice and the prestigious Opera De Paris. His two Clown numbers "Baseball" and "Western" were an integral part of the production of Cirque Du Soleil's Saltimbanco for over twenty years.

He is as much at ease in the director or clown number creators chair as he is on stage, whether in Hamburg, Montpellier, Munich, or for three consecutive summers directing "Moliere En Plein Air" for the Theater Du Nouveau Monde in Montreal.
He is currently living in Montreal offering workshops and private sessions on demand, in view of creating a "Clown Theater".
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The Brick Theatre -NY Clown Theatre Festival (View)
575 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn , NY 11211
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Circus
Comedy > Improv
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops
Other > Festivals

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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