The Clown Institute is a professional clown arts lab dedicated to researching and delivering intensive workshops and regular classes in the art of theatre clowning.
Its pedagogical practice is founded upon the Poetry of Nonsense manifesto:
- freedom and the rediscovery of your creative self
- a celebration of human nonsense
- the search for play, movement & curiosity
- a state of beauty, awe & wonder
Alicia Gonzalez (aka Clownzalez) is... a practicing clown and bouffon. She is also a dedicated actor and teaching-artist specialising in clowning and the creation of original and physically-told narratives. She utilises physical training as central to the actor and clown.
Her area of research is focused on the poetry and the metaphors that traverse and express out of the clown to help us reach an absurd profundity, a deeper understanding of the human condition, of the universal that goes beyond the personal. She teaches movement for actors and clowning at Laugh Masters Academy and a long list of other amazing and reputable art centres, academies and theatres across NSW.
She’s also a performer and writer for Choo Choo Troupe and Clockfire Theatre Company and has performed at the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy and Fringe festivals. She’s proud to be known as Dr Ding Dong, a medical clown doctor at children’s hospitals.
She trained in movement and clown in Paris, France, at Lecoq with the likes of funny man Jos Houben, also studied clown with the hilarious Virginia Scott in NYC, and Eric De Bont in Spain. When she’s not trying to find absurdity in the everyday idiosyncratic human condition, she enjoys drinking turmeric lattes (seriously. she drinks them everyday).