CPLS02E06 Caroline Dream

Funny woman Caroline Dream, is the author of ‘The Clown In You’, a leading reference in the world of clown and clown pedagogy. On sunday she is interviewed by Sascha Goslin on Clown Power Live.

Clown Power Live S02E06 Caroline Dream:

Zoom webinar on: 17 May, 2020 12:00 Dublin

Caroline Dream:

Caroline has performed in festivals and theaters throughout Spain with her shows “Footless” and “Just Say Yes!” and with Alex Navarro in “Niu Adventurs”, as well as throughout Europe with “Primigenio” with Cia. Teatro de Pronto

She’s a graduate of the University of Exeter (UK) with a B.A in Theatre and trained at Fooltime Circus School (Bristol, UK) and with performance legends including Dario Fo, Nola Rae, Michel Dallaire, Eric de Bont, Avner The Eccentric, Bim Mason, David Glass and Carlo Bosso.

Caroline has taught clown since 1998 throughout Spain and internationally in New York & Las Vegas U.S.A. for Cirque du Soleil artists, in Portugal, Germany, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico and Colombia. She’s taught more than 250 courses for over 4000 students and also teaches Corporate Clown Training workshops.

ZooLogical Team:
Producers:
Sascha Goslin
…is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.
Dave Spathaky
..is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation €4. You could think of it as buying Dave and Sascha a coffee, €8 a month might help buy them some cake.

TrAnSGrESsiOn!?

Mr Punch meets Spymonkey and learns to vlurt.

Tree.

It may be hard to remember the 70s. It’s said if you can remember them you weren’t doing it right. Of course you may also be too young:

It was the era of punk and revolution was in the air; or so we all thought. It was a time when it was transgressive for women to be funny in public still. It was a time of demonstrations in the street an emerging counter culture or so we thought…

Chris Lynam reminded me recently, in his interview here on Clown Power Live, that it was a defiant act to perform in public and that fades into perspective in the current climate of fear where being in public is defiant. Chris also mentioned the changes that our almost cashless society have made on performers ”passing the hat” .

Our discussions here on Clown Power Live have ranged from the art of being a funny person like Simon Thompson to a glimpse into the world of our history when women started to perform in the world of physical prowess in tumbling and aerial acts. (See details of Charlie Holland’s fascinating talk here).

Very soon we have Caroline Dream talking about her more recent journey into clowning and soon we hope to augment this with a glimpse into the ground breaking work of the women comedy ensemble Cunning Stunts.

While Johnny Rotten was demonstrating that anyone could get up on a stage and make music we discovered that with a small repertoire of tricks and skill in our bags we could also be entertainers. It takes skills to gather a crowd and keep their attention but these skills are best learnt by doing rather than reading or talking about it.

Other upcoming interviews include circus clown Tweedy and funny woman Teresa (picture above), a star clown who subverts a fabulous female punch figure and who’s work has covered protest, punk and the art of training fleas: physical comedy meets a multi faceted actor/performer.

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CPL Xtra The Marvellous Craggs.

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Saturday 16th May, Live talk at 10am and again at 7pm(Dublin / UK times)

Charlie Holland will tell the true story, illustrated with magic lantern slides, early film, posters and memorabilia of The Marvellous Craggs: the finest acrobatic troupe of the Victorian and Edwardian era.
Saturday 16th is the British Music Hall Society’s #MusicHallVarietyDay. Watch the talk live followed by a Q&A session.

There will be two sessions of this Webinar on Saturday 16th May 2020. The later session is available to view here:

The Marvellous Craggs:
Feted by the Folies Bergere, courted by Barnum and filmed by Edison, the Craggs toured the world for fifty years, from the 1860’s to the end of WW1, astounding and delighting audiences everywhere.

‘Papa’ Cragg was also a King Rat of the Grand Order of Water Rats and played an enormous role in the Music Hall benevolent societies – another area the talk will touch upon.

The talk is free but a donation to support the British Music Hall Society is encouraged by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/209805226975924/10157292798928196/ 

Charlie Holland:

Charlie is a former professional juggler and Programme Director of The Circus Space (Now the National Centre for Circus Arts) and is currently writing a biography of the Marvellous Craggs.

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder in April 2020: he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation €4. You could think of it as buying Dave and Sascha a coffee, €8 a month might help buy them some cake.

Jon Davison

Jon Davison. Photographer: Frédérique Bangerter

Jon Davison is a performer, teacher, director and researcher
He has worked in live performance for more than 35 years. He trained at the École Philippe Gaulier and Fool Time Circus School, then spent half his working life in Spain developing his teaching. Jon is the author of two books: ‘Clown Readings in Theatre Practice’ and ‘Clown Training – a practical guide’ and is currently preparing two new books for publication.
He is the founder and director of the London Clown School



See more: www.jondavison.net