“The clown brings everyone in the public down to the common state of a one year-old.”
As the students encounter the phenomena of the clown, they develop a freedom of play while discovering their stock comic character, their unique way of making people laugh. Working with the solitude of the clown gives them a sense of being well centered in themselves on stage and in touch with the immediate circumstances. Working with the naiveté of the clown gives each student experience with a basic human condition and their own vulnerability. They discover that their personal vulnerability is what makes them interesting on stage no matter what style they are performing in.
“ I remain just one thing, and one thing only – and that’s a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician. –Charles Chaplin ”