El funambulista, Clase magistral de Peter Brook

peter-brook-748598657“Puedo tomar cualquier espacio vacío y llamarlo un escenario desnudo. Un hombre camina por este espacio vacío mientras otro le observa, y esto es todo lo que se necesita para realizar un acto teatral“. Así de simple Peter Brook nos introduce en su libro El Espacio vacio un universo creativo propio.

Descendiente de judíos rusos emigrados a Gran Bretaña, Peter Brook tiene 89 años recién cumplidos, es desde hace décadas maestro y referencia de la escena teatral internacional. Su obra, desde su Dr. Faustus, en 1943, es inmensa, poliédrica, apasionante, planteada desde visiones múltiples e interpretada por actores multiétnicos. Acumula casi ochenta piezas de distinto formato, entre las que abundan textos de Shakespeare, pero también de Beckett, Genet, Cocteau, Ibsen o Sartre, salpicada de autores africanos y asiáticos, producto de sus viajes por el mundo. Para Brook, el teatro no es un asunto intelectual, ni un lugar para el debate ideológico: es la experiencia de la vida misma. Cuestión de corazón.

 Por primera vez en cuarenta años, Brook ha accedido a que las cámaras filmen cómo la cuerda floja provoca su efecto alquímico en los actores. Durante dos semanas Simon, el hijo de Brook, registró a un grupo de actores y músicos en su exploración de los secretos del teatro. El documental cuenta con once actores de diez nacionalidades desde Estados Unidos a Mali, pasando por Japón o Palestina. El funambulista nos sumerge en los aspectos íntimos del trabajo de Brook, así como de su compañía, sin alterar la verdad del momento y poniendo de manifiesto de forma sorprendentemente visible la magia inherente al proceso creativo. La cuerda floja es clave para la filosofía y la vida de Peter Brook y nadie que lo comparte permanece igual… Esta película, única y profundamente personal, lleva más allá de la (Read more...)

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Your No-Work, All-Play Physical Comedy Labor Day Bonus Packet

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You've worked hard all year, you deserve a break. Luckily, another (American) holiday is upon us, and you know what that means. Time to clean out my files and share some more physical comedy cartoons and jokes. And if you like these, then you'll want to rewind to these earlier holidays goodie bags you may have foolishly missed:










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A woman is walking down the street with her little boy. A man approaching them slips and falls on a banana peel. She screams with laughter. The little boy says, “Mommy, mommy, what are you laughing about?” She walks up to the man and says, “Excuse me -- would you mind doing that again? My little boy didn't see it."
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A man buys a talking bird for his wife's birthday.  It speaks seven languages and costs him $5,000.
"Well, did you get the bird I sent you?" he asks her that evening.
"Yes," says his wife.  "I already have it in the oven."
"What!  That bird could speak seven languages!"
"Then why didn't it say something?"
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Jim Anderson was a writer who was on the edge of disaster. (Read more...)

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Book Report: "The Clown In You" by Caroline Dream

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If you perform as a clown, variety artist, physical comedian — whatever you want to call it! — you've no doubt taught workshops. Sometimes workshops are a more dependable source of income than performing. Such is life, but the result is that some teachers, and they may be excellent performers and instructors, never get beyond a few sure-fire hours of classroom material, guaranteed to entertain, and more often than not liberally borrowed  from their own favorite teachers.

There's nothing intrinsically wrong with this, I've done it myself, and the experience for the student can still be a valid one. There are, on the other hand, teachers who dedicate years, even decades, to developing their curriculum and their teaching sensibility. They are more poised to go deeper into the material and to offer full-length courses that cover far more ground and potentially bring the work closer to a performance level.

Caroline Dream is one such teacher. A transplanted Brit, she lives and works in Barcelona, and not so coincidentally is married to Alex Navarro, who writes the excellent Spanish-language blog, Clown Planet. They have often taught together, and no doubt bounced ideas around, much to our benefit. Caroline is very active as a performer — I've seen her and she's quite good — but she has also dedicated herself for many, many years to teaching, and now to writing about it.
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Unfortunately, there are still teachers who use physical or psychological abuse as part of their training method, believing that this profession is not for the weak spirited. That may be so, but having taught clowning for over a decade, I have come to believe that such abuse, albeit used as a means of releasing the clown in students, for many acts merely as a deterrent and for some can (Read more...)

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Will Zach Galifianakis Flunk Out of Lecoq’s? Will Louis C.K. Help?

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From my friend the inimitable Julia Pearlstein comes this intriguing news item:  FX cable tv has contracted to produce ten episodes of Baskets, co-created by Louie C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Jonathan Krisel, and starring Galifianakis as an aspiring clown who flunks out of "a prestigious Paris clown school" but lands a job working for a rodeo. Perhaps not coincidentally, I know that Louie C.K. came to Avner "the Eccentric" Eisenberg's one-man clown show in NYC last year and loved it. Avner, by the way, did not flunk out of Lecoq's.


Here's the article from The Hollywood Reporter:


The cable network has picked up to series Baskets, a comedy starring Zach Galifianakis co-created by the Hangover star, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. FX has ordered 10 episodes of the single-camera comedy, with production set to begin in 2015 for a series debut in 2016.

The comedy follows Bakersfield man Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) as he pursues his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown. But after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo.


Galifianakis, C.K. and Krisel (Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman) co-wrote the pilot. Emmy-nominated writer Krisel, who also directed the pilot, will serve as showrunner, while Galifianakis, C.K., Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph will exec produce.


"To say Zach's portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement," FX president of original programming Eric Schrier said. (Read more...)

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Post by Madeline Rosenstein

Madeline Rosenstein wrote on CWW Facebook Page wall: If you are in #LosAngeles, CA: Don't miss this opportunity to attend a Spymonkey workshop taught by the wonderful and knowledgeable Aitor Basauri! WARNING: Attending this #Masterclass may lead you to discovering your UNIQUE #comedic skills, finding PLEASURE in your own ridiculousness, become OPTIMISTIC, & LAUGH until your face hurts!

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Post by Yindeyan Teatro

Yindeyan Teatro posted a photo on CWW Facebook Page wall: "PHYSICAL THEATRE, MASKS & CLOWN" "TEATRO FÍSICO, MÁSCARAS Y CLOWN" --> With Pablo Ibarluzea: Graduated at the École Jacques Lecoq (Paris), teacher of the École Philippe Gaulier (Paris) and Clown of the Cirque du Soleil. --> Con Pablo Ibarluzea: Diplomado por l'École Jacques Lecoq (Paris), profesor de l'École Philippe Gaulier (Paris) y Clown del Cirque du Soleil. Special SUPER INTENSIVE edition - Edición SUPER INTENSIVA 3 Weeks // 6 Days per week // 8h per day 3 Semanas // 6 Días a la ...

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Post by Yindeyan Teatro

Yindeyan Teatro posted a photo on CWW Facebook Page wall: "PHYSICAL THEATRE, MASKS & CLOWN" "TEATRO FÍSICO, MÁSCARAS Y CLOWN" --> With Pablo Ibarluzea: Graduated at the École Jacques Lecoq (Paris), teacher of the École Philippe Gaulier (Paris) and Clown of the Cirque du Soleil. --> Con Pablo Ibarluzea: Diplomado por l'École Jacques Lecoq (Paris), profesor de l'École Philippe Gaulier (Paris) y Clown del Cirque du Soleil. Special SUPER INTENSIVE edition - Edición SUPER INTENSIVA 3 Weeks // 6 Days per week // 8h per day 3 Semanas // 6 Días a la ...

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Alex Navarro posted a link to CWW Facebook Page wall: CURSO DE CLOWN * CLOWN WORKSHOPS BARCELONA ** NEW YORK in SEPTEMBER con *** with CAROLINE DREAM + info > www.cursosdeclown.com ░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ CAROLINE DREAM ░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ CASTELLANO Payasa desde 1985, maestra desde 1998 y autora del libro "El payaso que hay en ti". Ha impartido más de 150 cursos de clown en España, Portugal, Alemania, U.S.A., Puerto Rico, Perú, México y Colombia. www.pallassos.com www.el...

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Fall 2014 -Theatrical Clown Creation and Performance International Workshop for…

Janet Izzo posted a link to CWW Facebook Page wall: We have had 3 cancellations for our Fall International Workshop. Please feel free to contact us for more information and spread the word!!

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