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 director-performance maker specialising in physical comedy and ensemble improvised idiot theatre, film and education. 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 has lectured and taught clown at Laugh Masters Academy including a long list of other amazing and reputable art centres, academies and theatres across NSW.
She is creator and performer for the comedy troupe Choo Choo and is currently touring You’ll Never Guess Where I Hid the Cheese (a family show). She has performed at the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy and Fringe festivals. Alicia is proud to be Dr Ding Dong, Idiot Specialist for Clown Doctors Australia.
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).