Triskelion Arts,118 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor,Brooklyn,NY11249
Led by: Aitor Basauri, Spain
In the Spymonkey Clown Masterclass, you will learn to further discover what makes you funny, hone your skills, and practice making an audience belly laugh! This workshop will culminate in a public showing at the NY Clown Theater Festival. Through clear and specific instruction, Aitor will support you to develop and hone your comedic skills in a safe and fun environment. This positive group dynamic will allow you focus on following your impulse, being adventurous, and taking risks. You will learn how to shine as an individual and improve on every spontaneous opportunity.
In this highly enjoyable workshop you will play games and do exercises developing trust and complicity with the group. In this atmosphere of discovery and revelation, you will be developing and showing new material. The best of this work will be shared with an audience the final evening of the workshop, followed by group discussion and feedback from Aitor. Be prepared to find the pleasure in your own ridiculousness, stay optimistic, and discover the golden moment to make an audience belly laugh.
Aitor Basauri was born in Bilbao, Spain. For the past 20 years he has been teaching and performing clown all over the world. He is one of the most sought-after clown teachers in the world, regularly holding sold-out master classes in London and New York. Aitor has been staff tutor at École Philippe Gaulier Paris; taught for Cirque du Soleil, and at universities, institutes, and festivals to students, professionals, and clown doctors all over the world including in Madrid, Berlin, Damascus, and Taipei. He is also a co-founder and performer in the internationally renowned clown company, Spymonkey. His teachers include Phiippe Gaulier, Cal McCrystal, and Pierre Byland.
Aitor talks about clown: “I do theater because it is fun because it makes me live life twice, and I love life! The clown lives in a fantastic theatrical world. For an actor the clown stimulates a fresh immediacy full of pleasure and mischief.
“It is this brimming pleasure that fills the performer and touches an audience. The audience in turn feel they are watching something very special and unique because the clown is generous, sharing with them their most intimate vulnerability, fun and unique personality.
“The performer who dares to stand before a crowd, unafraid to make mistakes and find pleasure in being wonderfully silly will reap fruitful rewards. In Spymonkey we strongly believe that it is in this moment that the seed for the best performances can begin.”
This workshop is part of the NY Clown Theater Festival 2012