Tuesday, April 6th 2021
Today I get to take a sweet little clown workshop online with performers from around the world. If you look in the Zoom boxes you can see Boston, Atlanta, New York & California in the US alone. Then there is London, Mexico City, The Netherlands, Greece, Stockholm Sweden, Beijing China and Niger West Africa. This all courtesy of The Global Play Brigade; Amazing!
The workshop is designed to help us access our different “motors”:
HEAD: Intellectual; stickish movement, seeks to control.
HEART: Emotional; veil-like movement, seeks approval.
GUT: Instinctual; ball-like movement, seeks survival.
And moreover; to practice non-attachment, to let go, and to laugh at ourselves. That is;
P.L.A.Y. = Practice Laughing At Yourself!
First we practice Non-Attachment.
Aka: “Letting Go,” “Allowing,” or “Noticing.“
Then, because my breakout room partner did not show up, I get paired with the two workshop teachers for the personalized mocking exercise. I choose the frown-line on my forehead. First they respond just plain empathetically. Secondly they respond by mocking it. With a spirit of love and respect, but actual mocking. Finally they respond by mocking it with ridiculous over the top ridiculousness.
Although I didn’t get to mock them back, I do grab some compromising screen shots of Jeff, who is also a beloved clown partner and friend.
We then do basically the opposite exercise, “Reverse Trash Talk,” where you passionately and aggressively compliment your partner. “Oh YEAH!?! Well *I* think your SMILE is TERRIFIC!! I LOVE IT!!!”
Great exercise! I highly recommend it.
Here we are practicing some face isolation exercises:
And speaking of faces, I get to see one of my very favorite ones of all time in the workshop today. I’m sure a random screen shot cannot convey how wondrously beautiful, intelligent and talented is this person, but all the same I present the other healthcare clown in today’s workshop; from Humorology Atlanta, the incomparable Denise Arrabas!
Another exquisite human being I am going to hug the crap out of once I get the chance again.
Anyway, two thumbs up for the Global Play Brigade!
I love it! Sounds like fun!
Does that mean you have a HEAD-BUTT?! I absolutely LOVE your HEAD-BUTT! It’s gorgeous! Perhaps unique in all the world! Perfect for a clown to work against!
Yes, let’s Practice Laughing At Yourselves! The world needs more of that. Our entire species is just ludicrous.