Angels can Fly - A Modern Clown User Guide
Angels can Fly includes a mix of fiction which follows the adventures of ten clown characters, personal clown anecdotes from clowns from around the world, a total of 50 practical clown exercises, and some theory on the nature of modern clown. The book is available on order through bookshops and online stores in New Zealand, Australia, America and England.
And You can get a free eBook copy of the book to read on your computer at: www.alanclay.com/ebook_list.htm
On this page you will find excerpts from the book. Check back often for new excerpts from Angels can Fly.
And while you are here, why not check out Alan Clay's short clown film, , staring Annette Devick from Canada and Mark Hudson from Australia which was shot in New Zealand in October 2006.
And also the new comming of age romantic comedy, Courting Chaos, shot in Los Angeles in 2013, in which a Beverly Hills girl falls for a Venice Beach street clown named Chaos and she must overcome her inhibitions and become a clown herself for the relationship to survive.
Chapter 40. Exercise - Observing Silence
This exercise requires us to undertake three days of silence, during which we go about our normal daily lives, but without any talking. This gives us an opportunity to observe others, and our surroundings, from a new perspective.
It is quite good to put others more at ease by indicating the exercise we are undertaking by wearing a badge, or carrying a written note, stating that: "I am observing silence".
The exercise demands the development of non-verbal communication skills, to deal with the need of negotiating our everyday world without words.
We can also write notes in response to questions or specific communication needs if we must, but as much as possible we want to try and converse physically with gestures and physical expression.
This is one of the strongest exercises that I recall from the Fools School, that I attended in Stockholm in 1977, taught by Michael Lynch.
As much as possible we should maintain our normal daily routine, and pretty soon we start to see things from a different perspective.
The best part is that after the initial interest in our exercise, others often allow our participation in a situation without expecting a response from us. This means that we get to be there, like a fly on the wall, without the demands of normal interaction, which gives a wonderful opportunity to observe our lives from a new perspective.
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Last updated 01 November 2013