Clown & Melodrama weekend workshop

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107 Performance Space

107 Redfern Street

Redfern, NSW 2016


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Clown & Melodrama

Investigation into finding a theatrical language to transform personal human tragedies and narratives into works of poetic clown performance for the stage.

During this 2-day weekend workshop we will search for what it is that we wish to awaken in others. Clowning is the language of the heart and the clown’s job is to remind people of their humanity so we can share a human experience collectively. We will discover in clowning a real intimacy between you and people that is related to truth, the energy and emotions of the heart.

It’s not always about being funny; clowning can be about creating empathetic moments.

In two days we will explore:

- Creating identifiable life moments and images and finding humour

- Discovering the dramatic and empathetic space in clowning

- Playing and subverting tragedy

- Searching for clown logic in human tragedies corresponding to themes about death, love, loneliness etc

- Lots of laughter and sighing

Dates & Workshop breakdown


I am creating a new clown pedagogy inspired by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq and my interest in the poetry of the clown. I’d like to invite a small group of artists to join me on this journey.

The aim of this journey is to explore the logic of the clown via dynamic phenomena, both visible and abstract. The elements, objects and materials, colours, and music will serve as inspiration for clown discovery.

The clown asks us to open our eyes and to observe the world as they live and love to imitate life, so we’ll observe the every day and how the movements of nature correspond to movements of the human condition and emotion and how this can be applied to inspire your clown body and thinking.

There are in total 4 workshops over 2-day weekends across the year. Attending all 4 sessions is optional however the ideal scenario is that the same group of artists participates and plays together over the year so as to build on a shared language. (Please refer to dates and program breakdown)

Each session will include movement work; improvisation work and devised work in solo, duo, and group ensemble where you’ll have the ability to explore clowning in an open and playful setting.

Hope to see you there,


1. Clown & Presence

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April (10am-4pm)

  • What is the essence of the clown (of your clown), its being state? Uncovering clown through silence and stillness and finding the pleasure in discovery.

2. Clown & the Body

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June (10am-4pm)

  • Physical approaches to finding and creating a clownesque body via every day phenomena like materials, objects and nature.

3. Clown & Music

Saturday 12th & Sunday 11th August (10am-4pm)

  • Exploring live sound and different musical works to create moments of conflict and comedy for the clown.

4. Clown & Melodrama

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November (10am-4pm)


- 1 x 2-day weekend workshop at $213 (book and pay via Eventbrite)

- 4 x 2-day weekend workshops at $698 (book and pay by direct debit, email for details)

Who are you?

Open to all levels. You're a beginner or professional improviser, comedian, circus and theatre performance maker, actor and artist practicing the art of clowning or seeking provocation and growth.

Who am I?

Alicia Gonzalez (aka Clownzalez) is... a practicing, dedicated theatre clown and bouffon. She is also a director-performance maker specialising in physical comedy and ensemble improvised idiot theatre, film and education. She utilises physical training as central to the actor and clown. Her area of research is focused on the poetry and the metaphors that traverse and express out of the clown to help us reach an absurd profundity, a deeper understanding of the human condition, of the universal that goes beyond the personal.

She has lectured and taught clown at Laugh Masters Academy including a long list of other amazing and reputable art centres, academies and theatres across NSW. She is also performer and writer for the comedy troupe Choo Choo and the upcoming touring show You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid the Cheese. She has performed at the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy and Fringe festivals. Alicia is proud to be Dr Ding Dong, a clown doctor for the Humour Foundation.

She trained in movement and clown in Paris, France, at Lecoq with the likes of funny man Jos Houben, also studied clown with the hilarious Virginia Scott in NYC, and Eric De Bont in Spain. When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she enjoys drinking turmeric lattes (seriously. she drinks them everyday).

Nice things said about Alicia...

'Alicia’s way of teaching is very playful yet challenging and an extremely useful way of getting to know the clown within you. I learned so much about clowning during my classes with her and it was hands down one of the most valuable workshops I’ve ever done'. - Mathias, clown student

'I liked the Clowning that I learnt from Alicia Clownzález. Helped me be real in the present, in performance and in life'. - Tim, clown student

'Thank you so much for pushing me out of my comfort zone, however reluctant I was to be pushed. The class pushed me to be more comfortable with myself and with being vulnerable which is something I never was able to do before. Never thought that would be something I got out this class but I'm so happy I did. The class was so much fun and I hope you continue the classes! ' - Heidi, clown student

'Clowning has been an inspiring and amazing experience. I've learnt so much about myself more than ever; to embrace my humanity, my flaws, my inner playful child, my insecurities.... I got to recognise and be open to rejection, silence, awkward moments, vulnerability... and being truthful to my feelings'. - Carolina, clown student

FAQs & Important Info

What to bring

• Full water bottle as well as an open mind and heart

What to wear

• Please come prepared with movement friendly clothing

• Comfortable shoes to move in


• For information regarding 107’s Accessibility, please head to - http://107.org.au/accessibility/

• Please let us know of any special needs or accessibility requirements

Refund & Cancellation Policy

• Full payment is required prior to the workshop

• No refunds or transfers

• In the event that The Clown Institute cancel the workshop, they will provide a full refund of the workshop fee

Filming & Photography

• The Clown Institute reserves the right to make photographic and/or visual recordings of workshops for marketing (including website) and archival purposes only

Minimum age requirements

  • These workshop sessions have an age requirement of 18+. Places are limited.


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107 Redfern Street

Redfern, NSW 2016


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