The Beautiful Idiot: Pursuing your clown
The clown is a beautiful and poetic creature that comes from deep within our imagination (stage right) out into the light to share something super funny and super special with us, the audience. This offering of tremendous generosity is either a triumph of epic proportions or a horrible disaster, and both circumstances provide us with a wonderful theatrical experience.
When you, the performer, stand before an audience, we see everything; all the lies, the desires, the courage, the delight, and the despair. We see where your body wants to go, even if the well-constructed architecture of your ego resists. The places we avoid hold the most creative dynamo.
When you avoid these soft places we see it even more clearly. We see the dynamic performer underneath peaking out to see if it's safe to play. The clown provokes the performer into the uncharted waters of the deepest sweetest springs of the soul and uncovers a surprising and astonishing human. It stretches the creative imagination and promotes an emotional elasticity while developing a body that can support this elasticity. In short, it cultivates a virtuosic performer who is more capable of illuminating the great texts of the theatre.
So… discover your own unique relationship to the comic world. Lead with your curiosity, pursue your pleasure, and uncover the mystery of what makes you funny- not him, or her, but you. Yes, YOU- the beautiful creature that you are. Celebrate your triumph, embrace your disaster, and delight in all the big stupid that leaks out in between. Access the source of your playfulness and chase the creative possibilities that spring from that. Rediscover and set free those diminished parts of your self that hold the most surprising and potent ingredients for creation.
Through a series of solo and group games and exercises, based in Classical Clown Training, we will provoke and stoke the dynamo that makes you compelling, beautiful, astounding, and clarifies why the performer stands on the stage and the audience sits in the dark.
About this IDIOT
Christopher Tramantana is an actor, director, and educator. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, he has acted professionally in theatre, film, and television.
He has taught Clown, Games, and Play at NYU Tisch’s Meisner Studio, The Graduate Acting Program at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Westminster Choir College at Rider University, The John DeSotelle Studio in NYC, and at Queensborough Community College.
He studied with Jane Nichols, Aitor Basauri, and Jim Calder; head of Movement for The NYU Tisch graduate acting program. But the most life changing experience occurred when he met Christopher Bayes; master teacher of Clown and head of Physical Acting at Yale School of Drama. He studied Clown and Commedia d’ell Arte extensively with Bayes, at The Funny School of Good Acting, before being invited to study under him as his teaching apprentice. Tramantana assisted Bayes at Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, and The Funny School of Good Acting, and is one of a small number of teachers Bayes has mentored.
Directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Metamorphoses, Our Town, You Can’t Take It With You, Antigone, Sweeney Todd, and Into The Woods.
Christopher holds a BA in Performance from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and an MFA in Acting from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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