Sébastien Morand has been active in the theatrical world for more than eight years. His three years of training in corporal mime, based on the technique developed by Étienne Decroux at the École de Mime Omnibus in Montréal, has allowed him to perfect his levels of presence and rhythm, and to develop a precise and meaningful expression. Practicing theatre, dance and performance, the artist henceforth sees the clown as offering a more frank and effective interpretation and communication method. His clown characters have been presented to a wide variety of audiences in Québec, France and Spain. Recently, he participated in the Entre-Deux and Le Visiteur theatrical productions with Les voisins d’en haut troupe as well as in The Hope Machine, presented by The Brokered Body. Currently, Sébastien Morand is preparing a multidisciplinary performance that will reveal humanity in all its vulnerability and where the dialogues with the audience will be crucial.
Through this clowning workshop, students will discover an interpretation method conducive to expression based on their own particular characteristics. The originality and sensitivity of each young person will be like treasures waiting to be discovered in the light of day. Respect, confidence and openness will be encouraged through fun-filled and energizing exercises in order to stimulate the ability to listen to oneself and to others. The activity revolves around a theme chosen by the group: a short text, a sentence or an emotion on a light-hearted, serious or difficult topic for the class, the school or the community. Comical by nature, a clown can also become dramatic, poetic and organic. Following some mental and physical preparation, students will be guided in two phases towards the path of the clown.
First, young people will be invited to participate in an individual exploration of postures by following their intuition, inner rhythm and spontaneity. The body and the breath become essential means of communication. In the second part, which is more concrete, the movements found in the previous phase are transposed into simple and recognizable actions of everyday life, based on the group’s suggestions. Students then take turns presenting their discoveries, allowing their body to speak as it is moved by emotions and a heightened state of imagination. Magic does its work and the truth of the clown appears for all to see. The workshop also fosters student awareness about clowning as a career and employment opportunities in this field.
Examples of activities
The workshop takes into consideration the students’ age group and the teacher’s objectives. Once the theme has been chosen, warming up, stretching and mime exercises help loosen up the body. Different games are then chosen: “pursuing taboos”, games involving simultaneous elements, “confidence candle”, finger pointing, nursery rhymes and songs eliciting a response such as “tell me your emotion”, etc.
Next comes the individual or duo exploration phase. The students express the chosen theme with their body in a free and natural way. They will be guided through a variety of derivations: invert, reduce, amplify, and change the context, the colour, the flavor or the time. Participants only keep two or three movements that are meaningful due to their funniness, their element of surprise or the intensity of the emotions they convey. According to the logical narration of the physical play, the possibilities of expression are unlimited. Feeling ill-at-ease, excited, confused or marveled, the creators will implicitly express this reality.
Finally, during the sharing phase, the meaningful movements are presented one after another before the group. Students must then determine what the clown is doing despite his actions. To reinforce the realism, a simple object is added to the game: a blanket becomes a parachute; a stick becomes a fishing rod, etc. Each participant is given the opportunity to be the clown. The activity concludes with a discussion period.
The workshop requires a large room as well as several objects such as balloons, balls, sticks, and a blanket.
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