©2005 Avner Eisenberg
- Clown’s job is to make the audience feel things, and to get the audience to breathe.
- Everyone inhales, but many of us need to be reminded to exhale.
- The imagination and the brain are connected to and affect the body. Any change in the mind has a corresponding change in the body. Any change in the body (i.e. in the breath first) has a corresponding change in the mind.
- Don’t tell or show the audience what to think, do, or feel.
- Don’t tell or show your partners what to think, do, or feel. Don’t point.
- Weight belongs on the underside. Keep a single point in your lower abdomen. Keep your energy flowing.
- Tension is your enemy. It produces emotional, mental and physical numbness.
- How you feel about your performance is what counts, not whether it is in reality good or bad.
- The clown discovers an audience who are sitting in rows and looking at an empty space and waiting for a show. This must be dealt with first, by establishing complicity with the audience.
- The clown creates a world in the empty space, rather than entering into a world that already exists (sketch).
- Use mime to create fantasy, not to re-create reality.
- The clown searches to create a game and to define the rules, which then must be obeyed.
- Don’t ask or tell the audience how they feel or think. Have an emotional experience and invite the audience to join in your reaction.
- Be interested, not interesting.
- When you are interested in everythng, everything eventually becomes interesting. —Thanks to Zainul Abidin for this corollary.
- Everyone must to breathe all the time, even when on stage.
- The clown enters the stage to do a job, not to get laughs. If there are laughs, it is an interruption that must be dealt with.