Did you know that our beloved Associate Artist Ron Campbell has joined Cirque du Soleil? It’s true. Here’s a snippet from his fascinating blog, which you can access from our “Relevant Linkage” list (to the right, further down on this page):
“Among clown circles (rings?) the exacting process of ‘finding your clown’ is given a lot of lip service. It always struck me as a little touchy-feely but I was wrong.
The clown discipline:
(yes, it is a discipline. Just as much a discipline as the trapeze artists, hand to hand balancers and tumblers that I see every day here at Cirque headquarters practice.)
–requires one to find a nakedness and a naiveté that my traditional theatre work has only rarely asked of me. It is no longer my job to create a character and put him on like a suit of clothes. Indeed I must unlearn everything I know.”
Read more at www.roncampbelltempest.blogspot.com.
Pictured: Ron Campbell in Pericles (2008); photo by Jay Yamada.