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this is why i am sore.

1. i am 36 years old.
2. i am taking a clowning workshop.

this is pretty much all that is necessary to know. i could add that i'm way out of shape and i live a mostly sedentary lifestyle thanks to my job. but really, this workshop is kicking my ass.

it's only been a day. i have 9 more left. give me until wednesday and i'm sure i will feel better.

things i am looking forward to: learning more, and using this as an opportunity to re-start my workouts again. this last bit is key, because things in my body are starting to malfunction and i need to understand that time does not go backward and now is the time my body stops being the one helping me...i must be the one to help IT.

meanwhile, so happy to be getting back to clown. (we are talking simple clown, not circus clown.) there are a few things i think every actor should learn on top of their regular retinue, and clown and improv are up there. clown just strips everything down, abolishes fear of making mistakes (and teaches you how to learn by allowing yourself to make them), and strengthens your connection with the audience: you learn what they like, and they see themselves in you. it's not forceful, it's not "clowny," it's just a bright and honest openness. any role can be enhanced by it, because it is the very essence of being a real, wonder-filled human, unafraid of judgement and welcoming to those watching. it's why luverne was the iago we hated but wanted to be friends with in othello, and it's why tim hellendrung won us over in sneak thief, and it's why we all cried for mr. boban. it's beautiful. and it's easy if you let it be.

well, easy as a technique. painful if you're in your mid-thirties and have fallen off the workout wagon. ug.

I often ponder this...

Date: 2012-12-05 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cranial-zipper.livejournal.com
Aliens must think humans are insane. We PAY others to kick our asses, and then we thank them for "helping us grow".

But really, those classes are fun, aren't they?

Date: 2012-12-06 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoundrel01.livejournal.com
There is a very similar analogy for myself, this, and karate. It's mostly a confidence thing. And a pajama thing. I like workouts where I can wear blouse-y loosefit clothes that don't need to flatter the shape.

Date: 2012-12-07 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pinswithfury.livejournal.com
I'm very glad you're going this. It sounds joyful.

During my return run at the U in 2005 I took a week-long maskbuilding and performance workshop run by Luverne and taught by a member of the Familie Floz, which is this Swiss mask troupe. I wish I could remember anyone from the class. It's the only time I've ever performed and enjoyed it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, if I ever had the opportunity. It sounds odd, but I found being inside a mask incredibly freeing.
Edited Date: 2012-12-07 11:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-08 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kellygirlnyc.livejournal.com
Blergh. Sing it, sister. Trying to get back on the workout wagon myself. Let me tell you, I was in peak physical condition before these children...on purpose! But my my my...now my heart rate is through the roof on the most mundane of tasks, so back to the grind. Honestly, though, I always feel way better when I work out regularly, so it's really a good thing. That said, I'm about to head to a kickboxing class and I'm a little nervous. Ha! I think I'll stand in the back and this one time hide my light under a bushel.

Which, I imagine, clowning would teach me not to do.



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