CLOWN & DANCE
Eric de Bont and Inge de Peinder (Choreographer of Holland) have been working together for 30 years.
They have given courses like “Clown & Classical Ballet”, “Clown & Tango”, “Clown & Flamenco”, “Clown & Modern Dance”, and recently they have developed a course: “Clown & Pina Bausch” based on the choreography of “Cafe Müller”.
This course has been offered five times in different places with great success.
They also worked last year on the theme “Clown & Musical”.
In this specific course: “Clown & Dance”, they offer different kinds of dancing styles and there will be an investigation how to bring every dance-style to clown.
There is space for every student to present their own proposals.
Inge has a lot of knowledge in every kind of dancing style.
It's a wonderful course and a lot of fun!
At the end of the course there will be a final presentation in front of the public of Menorca.
This is a course for dancers, actors and clowns!
CLOWN & HUMAN TRAGEDIES
This is a new and very important direction for BONT´s
In this concept you really dig deeper in your creative work
This is a new study in BONT’s International Clown School of Menorca program! One of the focuses in BONT’s pedagogy has always been how to translate small or great human tragedies into the language of clown. It is a huge challenge in creating. How to transform your personal “tragedies” in anecdotes, routines or clown shows.
It is an amazing challenge to train your Clown-thinking and bring your personal Clown to another, deeper level. The poetic quality of your Clown grows and can really touch your audience to the bottom of their hearts. Make the audience laugh, cry, or possibly even both at the same time.
The clown tells us his tragedy and then puts a mirror in front of us; uncovering the reality that we are really laughing and crying about our own tragedies. The tragedies in life that we recognize so clearly.
With every human tragedy we can create a Clown performance and it is a tremendous adventure for both student and teacher.
BONT’s is investigating this issue deeply and developing a total new way in the art of clown.
What kind of large and small tragedies can we touch on?! … ALL!!!!!
– I am invisible in this life, no one sees me…
– I want to be in love or have a partner but it doesn’t happen…
– I killed everything I love…
– I want to give my heart but I’m afraid that I will get hurt…
– I have a wish to get pregnant but I can’t find the father of my child…
– I am separated and my child wants to live with his/her father…
– I don’t know how to say “I love you mom”…
– Always making my decisions from fear of what others will say about me…
– I have an addiction and I can’t escape it…
Etc. … etc. …., we can find human tragedies in themes about death, love, God, sex, loneliness, not being acknowledged, all kinds of relationships, broken dreams, unfulfilled desires, failures.
There are endless possibilities! Everything that is related to the life of human beings.
A study for people:
– who deeply love the real Clown
– who are not afraid to work with strong, sensitive and confrontational themes
– who want to create
– who want to place his or her soul in the most transparent and vulnerable state possible: where emotions flow, without limitation.
A course for explorers in the world of Clown.
At Bont's we use the buffoon as a pedagogical tool to find more freedom in acting, a freedom that will better suit and support your clown.
Just as every human being has a hidden Clown, you will also find a hidden Buffoon in everyone. The audience laughs at the Clown because he is naive, good-natured and awkward. But the Buffoon laughs and scoffs at the public because he is cynical and ironic.
The Buffoons, also called fakers, come directly from the nebulous depths of time. Their favorite hobby is to imitate and mock the life of the people around them.
The Buffoon is completely lost in exaggerated extravagance; his strength lies in an area between heaven and earth, at an intersection of an eternal past and the future seen through the lens of cruelty and tragedy.
Buffoons suffer from physical defects and receive abnormal and cruel treatment from others because of these defects. Thus, Buffoons have a need to interact with the world around them by being maladaptive and coarse.
At the same time, behind this madness, the buffoon tells truths that no one would dare express so openly. Truths that will only be tolerated coming from the fakers. They dare to break taboos, be abusive, vulgar and shocking – allowed to do so only because normal people think them fools and do not take them seriously.
Buffoons live together in a organized and different community than ours.
At the end of this 2 week block we will give a presentation in Menorca to radiate this “buffoonesc” spirit.
CLOWN & MUSIC
The most enjoyable workshop of the year!!
The starting point of this workshop it is to discover your Clown within the realm of music and singing.
In this course Clowns will sing and make music in different constellations: solos, duos, trios, quartets, choirs, light orchestras, big jazz bands, brass bands, etc…, and in different styles: classical, pop, opera, jazz, flamenco etc. The combinations of singing and making music are infinite.
– What is the special ‘colour’ of your Clown when he or she sings or dances?
– What is your clown´s favourite musical instrument?
This workshop is open to all levels; it is designed for people who practice and/or want to explore the art of clowns in addition to singing and making music. And also for singers and musicians who wish to develop their Clown.
The final presentation will be a concert open to the public consisting of different musical routines or, an open class Masterclass in the school theater for the public of Menorca.