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Art of Clowning More Paths to Your Inner Clown

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ISBN-10: 0230339093

ISBN-13: 9780230339095

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Eli Simon

List price: $32.50
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The Art of Clowning is the first book on clowning technique and offers a step-by-step process for actors and other theatrical enthusiasts to discover their "inner clown." This fun and accessible guide expands on theories and exercises to help students and beginners develop solo and group performances. Using twenty years of teaching experience, Simon reveals a complete system of clowning that is a must-have for amateurs and experts alike.   Now with even MORE ways to find your inner clown!
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 195
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Eli Simon is Professor of Acting at thenbsp;University of California, Irvine.nbsp;A specialist in masking, commedia, and clowns, Simon has taught and directed at training programs throughout America, Korea, Italy, Spain, and England.nbsp; He is the author ofnbsp;Masking Unmasked, Four Basic Approaches to Actingand his clown troupe, CLOWNZILLA, has received national and international acclaim.

Preface to the Second Edition
The Art of Clowning
Clowning Rewards
Clown Power
You Must Be Kidding
Clown Journeys
Clowning Rules
But Seriously Folks
Working Alone
Studio Preparation
Audience Guideline 1: Laugh When It's Funny and Don't Laugh When It's Not
The Trainer
Audience Guideline 2: Do Not Talk to the Clowns
Audience Guideline 3: Clap for the Clown
Clown Preparation
The Nose
Clown Rule 1: Never Put On or Take Off the Nose Where You Can Be Seen
Exercise 1.1: Dropping into Nose
Clown Rule 2: No Talking or Verbal Sounds
Exercise 1.2: Silence Is Golden
Clown Rule 3: Connect with Your Audience
Exercise 1.3: Face Shift Sharing
Clown Rule 4: Always Say Yes
Exercise 1.4: Yes… Yes… Yes
Stay in Clown
In Sum: Obey the Guidelines and Rules
Finding Your Clown
The Great Unknown
Exercise 2.1: Reinvention
Clown Essence
Essence Chart 1
Exercise 2.2: Object Transformation
Exercise 2.3: Box Car
Just Not Funny
Exercise 2.4: Multiple Objects: Baking a Cake
Clown Smart = People Stupid
Sheer Talent
Exercise 2.5: Razzle-dazzle
Exits and Lazzi
Exercise 2.6: Acquired Talent: Tossing Food in Your Mouth
Essence Chart 2
In Sum: Who Is This Clown?
Refining Your Clown
Musically Inclined
Exercise 3.1: This Is My Song
Singing Improvisations
Exercise 3.2: This Is Not My Song
Non-clown versus Clown Decisions
Song Stories
Exercise 3.3: Song Story
Visual Adjustments
Story Improvisations
Exercise 3.4: Instant Song Story
Laughing at Your Clown
Exercise 3.5: Busting Some Moves
Great Clown Dancers
Exercise 3.6: Breaking the Pattern
No Regrets
Exercise 3.7: Dancing Medley
Clown Vision
Exercise 3.8: Creating Instruments
Exercise 3.9: Chamber Music
Essence Chart 3
In Sum: The Power of Music
Mission: Impossible
The Beautiful Stumble
Physically Impossible
Exercise 4.1: Flying Around the Studio
Failure Assessment
Failure Chart 4.1
Going Further
Circus Tricks
Exercise 4.2: Diving into a Cup of Water
Kid Spirit
Everyday Tasks
Exercise 4.3: Getting Dressed in Baby Clothes
Practice Makes Perfect
Exercise 4.4: Painting Portraits
Felix Adler
Failure Chart 4.2
Musical Miscues
Exercise 4.5: Instrumental Insanity
Exercise 4.6: Reading
Exercise 4.7: Caught in the Act
It Says on Your Resume
Exercise 4.8: Expert
Failure Chart 4.3
In Sum: Wrong Is Right
Shifting in New Directions
Fleshing Out Your Clown
Primary and Opposite Characteristics Chart
Opposition Exercises
Exercise 5.1: Happy/Sad: Baking a Cake
Hearing the Audience
Exercise 5.2: Clever/Dumb: Diving into a Cup of Water
Losing Your Clown
Exercise 5.3: Silly/Serious: Object Transformation
Layering Ideas and Impulses
Exercise 5.4: Shy/Outgoing: Flying Around the Studio
Emotional Attunement
Exercise 5.5: Childish/Mature: Box Car
Merging Qualities
Exercise 5.6: Sexy/Prudish: Busting Some Moves
The Trainer Shifts
Exercise 5.7: Mixing It Up
Leaving the Clown Alone
Exercise 5.8: Telling the Whole Story
In Sum: Diversification = Clown Power
The Ins and Outs of White-Face
White-face Clowns
Into White-face
In-Clowns and Out-Clowns
Emmett Kelly
Out-Clown Exploration
Exercise 6.1: Out-Clown at Play
The Beauty of Sadness
Exercise 6.2: Out-Clown Missing Something
Exercise 6.3: Out-Clown Magic
In-Clown Exploration
Exercise 6.4: In-Clown Magic
Exercise 6.5: In-Clown Rocking Out
Shifting Between In and Out
Exercise 6.6: Split Personality
Exercise 6.7: In and Out with Objects
In and Out Duo Acts
Exercise 6.8: In and Out Duo Dancing
Famous Comedic Duos
Exercise 6.9: Lessons
In Sum: Clown Reflections
Voice and Text
Exercise 7.1: Vowel Melt
Exercise 7.2: Gliggercobber
Vocal Health
Exercise 7.3: Translation Please
Exercise 7.4: Out-Clown Interview with Voice
Exercise 7.5: In-Clown Interview with Voice
Exercise 7.6: Speaking Lyrics
Scripted Conversations
Exercise 7.7: Eileen
Exercise 7.8: Dave
Exercise 7.9: In My Clown Life
Advanced Text
Shakespearean Clowns
Exercise 7.10: The Fool
Exercise 7.11: Launce and Crab
Energy Modification
Comedy for Two Women
Exercise 7.12: A Flea in Her Ear
Comedy for Two Men
Exercise 7.13: Hu .Runs Tibet?
In Sum: It's Up to You
Building a Troupe
Troupe Warm-ups
Troupe Exercise 1: Synchronized Walks
Troupe Exercise 2: Synchronized Walks and Facial Expressions
Troupe Exercise 3: Synchronized Walks, Facial Expressions, and Gestures
Troupe Exercise 4: Dance Party
Sources of Inspiration
Incorporation of Exercises
Existing Storylines
Instant Theater
Political Clowning
Troupe Exercise 5: Public Service Announcements
Trusting Clown Instincts
Kid-Spirit for Kids
In Sum: Putting It Together
Production Support
Decision Making
Sound Ideas
Lighting the Way
Propping Up
Performance Space
Taking It to the Streets
Further Training
In Sum: The Sky's the Limit