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The Education of a Circus Clown

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Beschreibung

Through an autoethnographic examination of his own experiences in clowning, David Carlyon offers a close reading of the education of a professional circus clown.

Autorentext
David Carlyon is author of the critically-acclaimed book, Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of. He is Adjunct Professor at Iona College, USA, has worked as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Flint, USA, taught at Northwestern University, USA, and was on the Speakers Bureau of the New York Council for the Humanities, USA. He is an ex-Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus clown, produced playwright, director, and Equity actor, studying at London's National Theatre Summer Programme, UK. He graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, served in the US Army, earned his JD from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, USA, and received his PhD from Northwestern University, USA.

Klappentext

The 1960s American hippie-clown boom fostered many creative impulses, including neo-vaudeville and Ringling's Clown College. However, the origin of that impulse, clowning with a circus, has largely gone unexamined. David Carlyon, through an autoethnographic examination of his own experiences in clowning, offers a close reading of the education of a professional circus clown, woven through an eye-opening, sometimes funny, occasionally poignant look at circus life. Layering critical reflections of personal experience with connections to wider scholarship, Carlyon focuses on the work of clowning while interrogating what clowns actually do, rather than using them as stand-ins for conceptual ideas or as sentimental figures.



Zusammenfassung

2017 Freedley Award Finalist, Theatre Library Association

2016 Best Circus Book of the Year, Stuart Thayer Prize, Circus Historical Society

The 1960s American hippie-clown boom fostered many creative impulses, including neo-vaudeville and Ringling's Clown College. However, the origin of that impulse, clowning with a circus, has largely gone unexamined. David Carlyon, through an autoethnographic examination of his own experiences in clowning, offers a close reading of the education of a professional circus clown, woven through an eye-opening, sometimes funny, occasionally poignant look at circus life. Layering critical reflections of personal experience with connections to wider scholarship, Carlyon focuses on the work of clowning while interrogating what clowns actually do, rather than using them as stand-ins for conceptual ideas or as sentimental figures.



Inhalt
Introduction: Come in: Introducing Key Concepts and Avoiding Clichés
1. Romance of the Red Nose: Ringling "Clown College" Experience
2. Bowl of Cherries: Easy Adjustment to Circus Rehearsals
3. The Rubber (Nose) Meets the Road: Hard Adjustment to Rigors of Trouping
4. The Show Business: Finding Performance Truth in Business Necessities
5. Love ' 'em and Leave ' 'em: Making the Work of Clowning Personal
6. The Good Old Days?: The Past Informs the Present, and Isn ' 't Really Past
7. Rodeo Route: Routine Drags, Then Offers Inspiration
8. Spirit of St. Louis: Losing and Finding A Performance Partner
9. Live: Being Alive to Genuine Human Interaction
10. Stop Giggling: Stop Giggling: Using the Immediate Moment to Create Comedy
11. Clown Mask: Fighting Clichés and Enacting Them
12. So Far, So Good: Lessons of the Veterans, A New Veteran ' 's Lessons
Appendix A: 1976 Clown College and 1977 Blue Unit Route Appendix B: A Brief Cultural & Idiosyncratic (Mostly Circus, Mainly American) Clowning History, as a Means of Providing Context for the Preceding Individual & Idiosyncratic (Mostly Circus, Mainly Evolving) Clown ' 's History

Produktinformationen

Titel: The Education of a Circus Clown
Untertitel: Mentors, Audiences, Mistakes
Autor:
EAN: 9781137547439
ISBN: 978-1-137-54743-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Palgrave Macmillan
Genre: Kunst
Anzahl Seiten: 219
Veröffentlichung: 28.01.2016
Jahr: 2016
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.6 MB