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The Games Clowns Play-NY Clown Theatre Festival 2014
The Brick Theatre -NY Clown Theatre Festival
Brooklyn , NY
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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 6th -7th
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Warm up at 9:30am
**Workshop will be held at the brand new Triskelion Arts.  

Clowns don't have passive personalities, they're not mere observers of life. They're players, which is why they're incapable of denying themselves the opportunities that arise to enjoy themselves, to "go for it", regardless of the consequences.

From a clown's perspective, anything and everything is a further invitation to play. There's always a game. It could start with an odd gesture, a silly word, an interesting sensation but there's no telling where it will end!

However, although there's an endless number of games clowns can play, there are a series of basic rules that are very helpful to those wishing to initiate, improvise or stage them.

The rules that govern clown games are in fact more like sign posts, they point clowns in the right direction without restricting their creativity in any way. They help clowns maintain clarity and simplicity whilst playing games that are fluid, agile and, of-course, fun to play and watch.

Games we will explore:

  The game of make believe
  The game of emotional scales
  The game of expressing pleasure
  The game of having problems
  The game of being experts in everything and in nothing
  The game of exaggeration
  The game of saving the situation

You will learn to:

  Increase your capacity to play and enjoy yourself when clowning.
  Recognize a game proposal especially those that are absurd, stupid or ridiculous.
  Develop the games that work, and discard the games that don't.
  Trust in nonsensical ideas and give your support to the games others initiate.
  Stage successful games.


Studied a B.A Theatre degree at Exeter University before training at the UK's premier circus school, Fooltime (Bristol). Professional clown since 1985 she has performed in theaters and festivals throughout Europe.

Caroline first started teaching clown in 1998 and has since taught over 250 courses in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, and the U.S.A (in Las Vegas training Cirque du Soleil artists).

She is author of "The Clown In You", a clowning manual for students, teachers and practitioners. First published in Spanish (2012), it has received an incredible amount of positive criticism worldwide. Soon to be available in English.  She has lived in Barcelona (Spain) since 1989.

Caroline talks about clown:  "I absolutely adore laughter. I love feeling it, sharing it, hearing it and provoking it. It's my passion, which is why I've spent so much time with clowns, clowning and teaching others to clown. I know now that there's so much more to this ancient and heart-warming art, but it's still the joy of laughter that motivates and inspires me."

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The Brick Theatre -NY Clown Theatre Festival (View)
575 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn , NY 11211
United States

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


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