Practical Approaches: Performance Skills
Clowning & Physical Theatre
Irainna Marraffa
Louise Peacock talks in depth of clowning, her definition quotes, “The clown is distinguished from the actor by his or her ability to play with the audience and to create a sense of complictie with them by using play to connect with them” (Peacock, 2009: 14). Clowning has been an inspiration throughout the world, as they connect more so with a particular audience as some have a fear of clowns but because of their aspects of the way they perform themselves entertains the people of today. The most ancient clowns go back to the 2400 BC in Egypt and still exist in today’s acting society. There are many performances skills required to take a role within clowning, as there are many varieties in clowning that you can pursue yourself as a clown, meaning on the way you perform, such as facial expression, body language, the humour you portray and the activities you supply the audience, most importantly the way they are dressed as this is the first thing the audience visually see as they make their own judgement of this. This is what makes every clown different in their own independent way of working.
Jacques Lecoq he states, “the clown, who is ultra sensitive to others, reacts to everything that happens to him [her]… he [she] should always be in state of surprise” (Lecoq, 2000:146). Seeing how clowns work with the audience and how they connect with themselves will give a good idea how they become the clown they desire, as well as seeing how the audience reacts to the clown which reflects back on how the clown reacts back to the audience and how the communication of the two connect. The way the clown works is having a direct relationship with the audience “Clown work… consists in establishing a relationship between the exploit and the flop” (Lecoq, 2000: 146), this is what makes the clown and the audience have that close connection, when performing a trick he waits for the reaction...