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Arlek the Vagabond
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Arlek the Vagabond

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    1. Charlotte
      Charlotte
      And I had posted something that got totally eaten by the demons of the Internet...I was saying that I'm pretty new to clowning, so I haven't done anything that I would consider a professional solo performance. A lot of my experience comes from working things out in clowning workshops - sometimes alone and sometimes with a partner - in front of my peers. It's fun to feel Charlotte reacting in her own way - usually with concern or sweet, blind determination. Trying to react angrily with her is hard, for some reason, haha.
    2. Charlotte
      Charlotte
      I haven't heard of that book, but it sounds great! I'll have to look into finding a copy. I don't know of any scenarios utilizing Pierrot, but I believe I've heard of a few involving a later sort of Pedrolino, who is less of an ass than he originally was, but still rather dumb. I think if you Wikipedia Pierrot, actually, they might have a couple very broad plots involving him. One of them definitely involves him crying over an amazing plate of spaghetti.
    3. Charlotte
      Charlotte
      And I guess when I say Charlotte is a Pierrot, or that she takes influence from Charlie Chaplin, I certainly don't mean exactly. But it's very important to me that my clowning have a touch of sweetness and sentimentality to it, you know? The idea that clowning is something that can touch all parts of human nature - not just humor - is very important to me. As someone very new to clowning, I'm not sure exactly how to go about doing that in my work. Like I said, a lot of my experience comes from slow discovery with others; I'd like to find a way to work on it by myself, but that seems so far to be just me sitting at the computer and reading a lot about clowns, haha!
    4. Charlotte
      Charlotte
      Darn. The messages I keep trying to send are too long, and now I've lost some of the text. I'll post what I have.
    5. Chance Marmalade
      Chance Marmalade
      Hi Arlek. I have used the Uke in a couple of performances. Feel free to check out this YouTube video of mine, Ukulele Letdown. Enjoy!
      YouTube - Ukulele Letdown
    6. Charlotte
      Charlotte
      Not really. Charlotte certainly takes a lot of influence from Pedrolino/Pierrot...especially since she's very much a product of Charlie Chaplin's type of clown. (When asked what kind of clown he was, Chaplin said, "I am Pierrot." That excites me always.) I like the idea of using some of the stock plots that they used back in the day; I'd love to try that, especially if I could do it in Italy, in Italian. Because funny things are funnier in Italian. Obviously.
    7. Charlotte
      Charlotte
      Unfortunately, no. I'd love to study with Antonio Fava.

      I'm studying at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Tuscany. Their program is through Hendrix College in Arkansas, apparently.
    8. Charlotte
      Charlotte
      Howdy there!

      Thanks so much for your lovely post on my page. I'd be very willing to have a nice chat about clowning! A lot of my knowledge comes from stuff I've read online and whatnot; I have not yet been to clown school. In the fall, I'm headed to Italy to do some commedia dell'arte stuff at a school there.

      For now, however, I just do a lot of random research, watch a lot of other clowns (mostly the silent film/otherwise dead types) and try to find opportunities to clown. I've done a series of workshops with a young woman named Sophie Wood who is an alumna of my school (Hampshire College). She's really very funny and a lot of help when it comes to character development and ideas about what it is "to be a clown."

      Cheers!
      Morgana (otherwise known as Charlotte)
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    Student, actor, bookstore guy, delivery guy, fool
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    Im a commedia performer, I love making those around me laugh, I love to learn, and I love life!

    Commedia, juggling, falling down, acting, making a fool of myself for the enjoyment of others, masks

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    “Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”
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    -Charlie Chaplin

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