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En Grecia!!! ♡
March 5, 2018
Gracias a la revista ALL YOU y a Marieta por la entrevista tan linda. Aquí la nota y la traducción al inglés:
1. When and why did you decide to become a professional clown?
When I was in school in London (year 2007) we had a brief encounter with the theatrical clown and It sort of surprised me as I knew very little about the art form but i felt instantly a sense of belonging and a great confort of being myself and existing a 100% visible to the world. I started exploring social clowning before the creation of a more theatrical character. That came later on and was the result of an exploration through photography and life and emotions in stillness. I not only understood entirely who this woman was but I also felt a great empathy in narrating my stories through her. More than a profession, I started discovering a sense of belonging in the world and later on learning I could make a living out of it. It seemed as my logic and uneasy self rhythm made others laugh and I have nothing against that, I actually love it!.
2. Have you been educated in the acting field or something relevant?
Yes, I trained as a physical actor in London, following a post graduate at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts). The pedagogy was a great approach to movement and physical theatre based on Jacques LeCoq´s technique.
3. Why did you chose these colors for your face? Clowns are usually colorful and sometimes (or many times) scary...
As I had no reference for clowns, I studied more the dynamics of my face and through drawing I started exaggerating them.
I appreciate and connect with subtleness more than the literal so I found that the pale face already portrayed the sense of decadence that I was looking for and the bright red on the lips was its counterpart in color, the duality of death and life that represented the story behind my character.
The eyebrows were drawn as an extension of my own eye movement and I thought that was already more than enough to start playing with my face. I actually do very little and I don’t speak so mostly the make up enhances my expressions and narrates my emotions too. It is not a mask where I hide behind it, It brings out the evident in me and maybe its less scary this way…
I think what’s scary about clowns in general is the very common contradiction between the mask and the person behind it… so when it enhances who you are it becomes so much more than a stereotype or an energy mismatch , it is human.
4. Which was your last and which will be you next travel as a clown? Greece is in your plans?
I would so love to perform in Greece!!! I just recently performed in London (London International Mime Festival) & Helsinki, (Red Pearl Festival) and will next be working on a new creation before heading to Italy, Lapland, China and Mexico. I am premiering my next project (DIRT!) in Mexico City in early 2019 so very exciting time of rehearsals and bringing it to live.
5. The best moment as a clown?
All the brief encounters that I have come across in social clowning have changed my life forever and I feel really grateful to have had the opportunity of visiting places I wouldn’t even think of.
Experiencing the Middle East alongside my friend and clown partner, Sabine Choucair from Lebanon (Clown Me In), while working with Palestinian refugees.
I remember traveling on a mission with Clowns Without Borders to and island in Indonesia that had been severely hit by the Tsunami and it was 15 house by ferry. We had to cross land, swim and finally reach a community that had been hidden in the jungle, it was such a call to open my eyes and not only try to affect them with our presence but also to let me be affected by them. It was truly wonderful.
Of course all the moments when you hear people laugh but specially the feeling of an invisible thread of companionship and complicity that’s in silence and comes from very deep inside.
6. The worst?
Letting go from these people or communities. The hardest is always to have closure, not to forget, but also learning how to move on and turning this experiences into positive and active choices for future dreams and projects.
If I think of it, of course it was hard to start a career as a female clown and to be taken seriously haha, but its definitely not the worst, if anything it has just made me stronger as a person, an artist and a woman.
7. How does it feel to make people laugh?
The best part is that you feel a collective string of love, you feel part of something bigger, an impulse that reminds us that we are alive and that we feel intensely. Funny to see the duality of our feelings in ways that when we cry, we smile at the end because we are hopeful and then when we laugh really bad, tears come down.
They´ll tell you, with a beautiful sense of play, about who you are, exploring the depth of humanity they create an invisible mirror where one can look at the clown and see their own reflection. That is possible when the clown is open, present and brave enough to be visible to the others and build that bridge with the others.
8. How in general, is life as a professional clown?
There’s a sense of constant movement & curiosity which I love but it also tires me… nevertheless, whenever I stay somewhere I get cabin fever and want to go explore something else. Of course its a profession but also a very satisfying path of self discovery. I think the more experiences under your belt as a clown, the more meat there is in your art and way of expression. I realize now, I don’t create for the others, I create to understand the world a little better and sometimes it resonates with others. Then it becomes so much more, it is an experience.
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