INTERNATIONAL CLOWN SCHOOL

Welcome to BONTS

MENORCA

CENTER OF CREATION

INTERNATIONAL CLOWN SCHOOL

LABORATORY CLOWNS & HUMAN TRAGEDIES

``Adventures in the Art of Clown``

on the magical island of Menorca

Welcome to the great Feast of Failure

``IN FRACASSIBUM EXITUM EST``

BONT´s is a small but professional International Center fully focused and dedicated to the beautiful art of clowning, a place where people from all continents meet, work together, attend classes and develop their own authentic clown and show their work in an atmosphere full of humanity and with a very big heart.

We have discovered a really beautiful site which will be our new working base. An extremely lovely place, surrounded by Nature, with a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere... with many unique places to work. A gift from God!

Bont’s Menorca is now organized as:

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF CLOWN CREATION

INTERNATIONAL CLOWN SCHOOL

CLOWN LABOROTORY AND HUMAN TRAGEDIES

THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF FAILURE
(Social and Cultural Association)

Many people go from course to course, but what we've noticed in all these years of teaching is that all people have a crying wish deep within their soul ... and that wish is that they really want to create! Bont`s offers you a strong, stable platform for this creation process.

Bont’s wants to invite you to be “your own creator” and to give you the tools to make your own creations.

The great challenge of your creation is to go behind the topics and be original, great, authentic and unique…..a genius!

The great challenge to your creativity is delving into various topics and then, with them, be original, ingenious, authentic and unique.

Using his own clown pedagogy and investigations of 35 years, Eric de Bont has developed a simple and effective method that will help you find your own creative source and give expression to everything that you are. Starting with the concept of Clown Laboratory, moving through Clown Creator, profoundly exploring in Clown and Human Tragedies and finally arriving at Your Own Work.

Using the pedagogy you can discover your clown, but you can also develop it through creation.

That is why we are offering this path.

We offer you an innovative method for the Creation Block, the pedagogy. We also offer you a completely new way of studying. You decide on when to come, how long you want to come for (for one week, or up to two or three months) and together with Eric de Bont, you decide on your own path of creation (more detailed information is available in the course content and in the video on this site.)

One of the outstanding innovations of BONT'S is the course of Clown and Human Tragedies. The challenge is; how to tell a human tragedy in the language of the clown and make the audience laugh and cry at the same time, hilarious and poetic.

The first year of Human Tragedies in 2014, was an experience ... ``words fail me``, and it had a brutal impact on students, teachers and audiences alike.

All these novelties in the pedagogy are there to power your clown thinking and to allow you to go to the depths of ``your clown being``. In Bont's there are no acrobatics or juggling, or makeup, etc ... it is really the search for the soul of your clown, his innocence, ingenuity, transparency and deep vulnerability. To show and share all your emotions.

Within the world of Clowns there are many styles, many teachers and so many truths about the Clown.

Participating in the activities of BONT's means travelling with me and my Clown truths. I want to inspire people who like to be in progress professionally and for those who are crazy about the phenomenon of Clown.

It is not always easy to find your Clown, but it is a very fascinating and captivating process. You have to realize that the Clown is ``born`` from the moment of greatest despair.

Although many critics despise the Clown and in many countries the phenomenon of Clown is not perceived as art, do not forget that Fellini said:

``The Clowns are the aristocrats of the actors.``

Your clown and your life development as a human being are very connected. These courses are very intense. After 19 years of work and experience, we can truthfully say that there is a before and an after in many aspects of life.

Away from your family, friends, work,, etc., you will have all the time to dedicate to your Clown. In the special atmosphere of Menorca, among a group of people from around the world, you will find the serenity to breathe, assimilate and explore your own Art of Clown.

It may not be quite as easy getting to Menorca as it is to Ibiza, but we can help you find the best way (via our webpage or by email). You should also keep in mind that it is much, much cheaper to rent accommodation on this island.

I am ready to meet you in Menorca and take you to many situations of maximum desperation, in a Great Party of Clown.

Eric de Bont

OUR HISTORY

Bont's International Clown School was founded in 1997 on the island of Ibiza and for 16 years was going great until 2013 where there was an end of cycle, which took Bont's to begin a process of renewal and transformation.

In 2013 Bont's International Clown School became a nomad school and teaching laboratories worldwide clown. During this nomadic year we decided to move the place of the school to Menorca to start a whole new cycle.

This transformation has a great influence in the organization, pedagogy and philosophy.

Bont's Menorca is organized in:

INTERNATIONAL CLOWN SCHOOL

INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF CREATION IN CLOWN

THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF FAILURE
(Socio-Cultural Association)

This relocation has caused a deep transformation in the pedagogy of BONT'S. Bit by bit we go from the school concept into a center of creation, unique in the world, and this can already be seen in 2015-2016 and 2017 program, where you can check that courses are more focused to create. Many people go from course to course, usually of short duration, but we noticed that there is a great shout from the soul to create and Bont's offers you a solid and strong platform for this creative process.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

To play Clown is not playing a role; it's a way of being.

Discover, develop and make your Clown is a great adventure for both student and teacher.

In Bont's there’s not acrobatics or juggling, or makeup, etc ... it’s really finding the soul of your clown, his innocence, ingenuity, transparency and deep vulnerability to show and share their emotions. We realize much energy work to bring you the essence of the clown and from your own freedom as a human being.

Clown tragedy is included in the fact that succeeds where doesn’t want to succeed, that is, in its failure.

Studies are accessible for people who practice the profession of clown and actors as well as from other styles of theater and other art forms.

In the very special and magical atmosphere of Menorca, between a group of people around the world, you will find the serenity to breathe, assimilate and explore your own Art of the Clown and be your own creator.

STUDIESBasic Clown

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CLOWN THEMES

In this block we continue to investigate our clown but from very special topics.

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INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF CREATION IN THE ART OF CLOWN

STUDIES CLOWN CREATION BLOCK

Stemming from his clown pedagogy and research for over 35 years, Eric de Bont has developed a very simple and effective method that will take you on a journey into the fascinating world of creativity. Join him on a road that will bring you into contact with your own creative source and the power to give expression to all that is within you.

We offer you 4 DIFFERENT CONCEPTS:

1.- CLOWN LABORATORY
2.- CLOWN CREATOR
3.- CLOWN & HUMAN TRAGEDIES
4.- CREATION OF YOUR OWN WORK

HOW DOES IT WORK

HOW DOES IT WORK

YOU will decide how YOU want to create.

For example, from 2016 there will be two creation blocks during the year, both lasting 2months, April-May. The other from October to December.

-You decide when you want to come; you are not dependent on the course dates.

-You decide how much time you want to work, one week, two, one month, two, the whole block... and you could also come with your partner and create together.

-In this way, the group could vary every week.

-When you arrive, we will interview you and we will lay down a personalised path for your own work, guided by your needs and wishes.

-We work in small groups, maximum 12 people.

-Each student will present a concept leading to their own chosen path, Laboratory, Creator, Human Tragedy or Own Work.

-Each time we do a presentation, we will be able to see different concepts that you have been working on.

-If, for example, you come for two weeks or a month, you can experiment and present using all the different concepts.

STRUCTURE

The weekly Creation Block will always have the same structure

Monday to Friday 09.30h-11.00h: Classes

In the mornings we will work on getting going with a dynamic that will lead directly to your creative source; energy classes, movement, massages, imaginary theatre, clown improvisation, dramaturgy, theatrical improvisation, discussions, etc.

 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12.30h-15.00h: Presentations

The different concepts from the Creation Blocks

(audiences open to the public)

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12.00h a 15.00h: Private consultation with Eric de Bont

To help you in all aspects of creation, ideas, proposals, dramaturgy, clown thinking....all of your doubts, questions, confusions etc...

 

Every two weeks At 21.00h: Clown Night

You will present your best creation (of the 6 that you will have done), in the school theatre to a Menorcan audience!

4 CONCEPTS OF CREATION

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PERMANENT CLOWN CREATING PLATFORM

(March to December, all year)

Bont’s offers you the opportunity to come throughout the whole year to Menorca to investigate your own work in afternoons and evenings hours. You can come for 2 weeks, 1 month, etc …, you can work in the school and “buy” hours with Eric and other teachers according to your need.

Here you can come with an idea that you want to create or with something already worked on that you want to develop or work on the dramaturgy, the originality, the cleverness or clean and shape it. Or you can come for direction of your work!

Limited availability!, for more details please send us an e-mail to the office.

SUMMER ACADEMIES

Three different Summer Academies are offered in the program.

1. Clown & Dance

2. Basic Clown & Laboratory

3. Buffoon

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PROGRAM 2017

BONT’S

INTERNATIONAL CLOWN SCHOOL
& CREATION CENTER

 


SOUTH AMERICAN BLOCK
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2017


LIMA/ PERÚ
“Clown University” : 14 & 15 of January 2017

QUITO/ECUADOR
23/01-03/02/2017 Basic Clown
06/02-17/02/2017 Clown Creation
21/01 & 22/01/2017 Clown & Energy Work
11/02 & 12/02/2017 Clown & Music

 

BASIC BLOCK – SPRING, MENORCA

BASIC CLOWN

1 MONTH
27/02/17 – 24/03/17

09:30am – 15:00pm

800€

CREATION BLOCK – SPRING, MENORCA

A totally new & unique innovative concept to create

CLOWN CREATION
by following concepts:

Clown Laboratory
Clown Creator
Human Tragedies
Own Work

4 WEEKS *

27/03/17 –21/04/17

09:30am – 15:00pm

1 week
250€
2 weeks
500€
3 weeks
650€
4 weeks
800€
* You can study one week, two, three or the whole Block
For more information on how to participate in this Block have a look in Clown Study’s Creation Block & video

BONT’S NOMADIC BLOCK

24/04/17-26/05/17

BONT’S travels out of Menorca…
You can invite the school to organize in your area, in your country:


Clown Courses & Creation

Buffoon Courses

Open Classes

Permanent Laboratory

“Clown University”

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* * For information or request please write an e-mail to: bontsmenorca@correovia.com

 

SOUTH AMERICA BLOCK II

ECUADOR

JUNE 2017


QUITO: Buffoon, 2 weeks

GUAYAQUIL: “Basic Clown Course”, 4 days

CUENCA: “Basic Clown Course”, 4 days

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

* For more information and schedule please write an e-mail to: bontsmenorca@correovia.com

SUMMER ACADEMY BLOCK, MENORCA


Summer Academy I

Clown & Dance

2 WEEKS
10/07/17 – 21/07/17


09:30am – 15:00pm


500€


Summer Academy II

Basic & Laboratory

2 WEEKS
31/07/17 – 11/08/17


09:30am – 15:00pm


500€


Summer Academy III

Buffoon

2 WEEKS
21/08/17 – 01/09/17


09:30am – 15:00pm


500€

BASIC BLOCK – AUTUMN, MENORCA


Basic Clown

1 MONTH
11/09/17 – 06/10/17


09:30am – 15:00pm


800€

CREATION BLOCK – AUTUMN, MENORCA

A totally new & unique innovative concept to create

by following these concepts:

Clown Laboratory
Clown Creator
Human Tragedies
Own Work

8 WEEKS*

09/10/17 – 01/12/17

09:30am – 15:00pm

1 week
250€
2 weeks
500€
3 weeks
650€
4 weeks
800€
8 weeks
1600€
* You can study one week, two, one month or the whole Block
For more information of how to participate in this Block please have a look in Clown Study’s Creation Block & video

 

PERMANENT CLOWN CREATING PLATFORM ( March to December)
Bont’s offers you the opportunity to come throughout the whole year to Menorca to investigate your own work in afternoons and evenings hours. You can come for 2 weeks, 1 month, etc. you can work in the school and “buy” hours with Eric and other teachers according to your need. It’s a very alive platform, we already have a lot of reservations confirmed, limited availability!

For more details please send us an email to the office: bontsmenorca@correovia.com

EXTRA INFORMATION PROGRAM

SOUTH AMERICA BLOCK
We start each year in January, February with a Clown Academy Basic and Lab in Latin America. It is so difficult to reach Menorca for them, paperwork and European prices, but there is so much hunger and desire to learn that the Bont’s School is directed towards them, as we have done for five years with courses in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, etc .. In June 2017 there will be an extra month in Ecuador.

BASIC CLOWN & CREATION BLOCK
Since 2016 we have developed a new formula to study the basic clown immediately followed by the creation block where your opt for a few weeks up to 3 months … if you want to continue studying. We have two basic Clown and two Creation blocks:

* BASIC CLOWN SPRING and CREATION BLOCK SPRING in SPRING (March to April)  (total 8 weeks)

* BASIC CLOWN AUTUMN and CREATION BLOCK AUTUMN in AUTUMN (September to December) (total 12 weeks)

Look very closely at the video and content of the creation block, which explains exactly how you can study.

HUMAN TRAGEDY
Bont’s also focuses on research of Clown & Human Tragedies, a large pillar in our center of the future.

SUMMER ACADEMY BLOCK 2017
In the Summer Academy Block we offer 3 courses with different themes. In 2017 we offer Clown & Dance, Basic & Laboratory and  Buffoon. In between each course there is only one week off to facilitate you going from one course to another or to do the entire block.

SMALL GROUPS
Another novelty is Bont’s decision to work with smaller groups for a better relationship between student and teacher. At the same time there is an increased quality of clown and creating a deep development throughout Bont’s teaching.

TeachersOur professional team of teachers will guide you in the search of your Clown.

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Eric de BontArtistic Director, Clown Impro, Creation, Direction, Human Tragedies

Holland
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Celia RuizMovement, Object Theater, Theater of the Senses

Spain
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Maurice WilliamsVoice and Singing

Holland
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Daniela MaiwaldCoordinator, Preparation of the Actor, Bodywork, Playfullness

Switzerland
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Malu MorroTheatrical Improvisation

Spain
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Inge de PeinderDance, Performance, Creation

Holland
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Raquel HormigoStretching, Yoga, Pilatus, Movement

Spain
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Belinda KeizersEnergy Work

Holland

CONTACT US

BONT’S INTERNATIONAL CLOWN SCHOOL MENORCA
Coordinator: Daniela Maiwald

School Address:
Urbanización Cales Coves, 84 A
between Sant Climent & Cales Coves

Postal Address:
Apartado 211
07710 Sant Lluis
Menorca España

email: bontsmenorca@correovia.com
website:    www.bonts.com

tel: 00 34 649 98 01 85
      00 34 633 95 86 83

Bont’s International Clownschool

WHERE TO FIND US

HOW TO ARRIVEWe know that sometimes it is not easy to reach the island of Menorca, and we want to lend a hand in this.

The School & the Creation Center

Are located in an old stable (typical Menorcan) with a small stage, a little theatre, a bar and a pool where you can learn and work in a heartful atmosphere full of humanity, surrounded by beautiful nature, near the Nekropolis of Cales Coves, the beautiful beaches of Cales Coves and Cala´n Porter and the typical village St. Climent and 15 min from the airport and Mahon.

In summer there are many direct flights from the spanish mainland and from Europe. A good possibility is also to fly from your place to Barcelona first and then to Menorca by plane or ferry. Another possibility is to fly from your place to Palma de Mallorca (the neighbor island). There you have 2 possibilities, or to take a direct flight to Menorca (30 min) or travel with the ferry to Menorca. There are ferries leaving from Palma de Mallorca or Alcúdia to Mahon or Ciutadella, the two most big Menorcan cities.

 

We hope that getting to Menorca should not be a resistance to come and enjoy your precious clown and live an unforgettable experience at Bont’s!

It might be more expensive to get to Menorca but the living costs as accommodation,rentals,etc. are much cheaper than in Ibiza.

 

There are several airlines and shipping companies that can be helpful to find a good and economical trip to Menorca.

Safe journey to Bont’s!

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AIRLINES COMPANIES: Vueling, Iberia, Easy Jet, RyanairAirEuropa, SkyScanner.

SHIPPING COMPANIES: Trasmediterranea, Balearia

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We can send you a list with a lot of possibilities very cheap for your staying at the island.

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