Workshops / Spymonkey Clown: Theatre of the Funny, Bilbao

Jul 15 to Jul 19, 2024
All day event

Cost EUR 425.00

Suitable for all levels of experience, from novice to seasoned professional.


Local accommodation can be booked starting from around €350+ for the week. 


To apply for the course please complete this application form AND this Diversity form. You will be contacted to confirm whether you have a place. If you have any questions please email natasha@spymonkey.co.uk 


About the course

What is it that makes you as a performer uniquely funny? How do you share that brilliant, special ridiculousness with an audience so that they are helpless with laughter? 


In this 5-day introduction to Spymonkey Clown we will focus on how to identify and develop that particular quality of Funny that is special to you, and only you. 


You will be supported to develop these comedic skills in a safe, fun and laughter-filled environment. This positive group dynamic will allow you focus on identifying and trusting your best impulses, taking risks, being adventurous, generous and honest as a performer. In this highly enjoyable workshop we will play games and exercises, developing trust and complicity with the group. You will find the pleasure in your own ridiculousness, stay optimistic, discover your comedy gold, and get ready to laugh until your face hurts. 


We will share many of the methods that Spymonkey have found essential over the years in creating Theatre of the Funny: physical games, improvisational games, status exercises, physical comedy routines, chorus exercises and parody. Toby particularly enjoys using music as a source of comedic inspiration, so we will also look at how song, dance and musicality can lead us to new and unexpected comedic territory.


The course will be taught in both English and Spanish.


“Totally inspiring.”

Lucy Hopkins performer, London/Worcester


“One of the most amazing weeks of my entire life.. My whole heart is beaming and laughing.”

Isobel Chadwick performer, Northampton


“The work has made me more aware on stage. What makes me funny, and what makes an audience laugh, what doesn’t, why am I even on stage. The work has inspired me a lot, as a performer but very much as a person as well. This is the kind of work I’ve always wanted to do and was searching for in all the other work I did.”

Bill Barberis performer, Belgium


“What an amazing week! Huge, huge thank you to Spymonkey, and each and everyone of you who took part in the workshop for being so supportive with a non-performer, you made me feel at home from the very beginning, which allowed me to take risks and have fun. Go Spymonkey!”

Andrea Foa journalist, Italy


“Belly-laughter, support, ideas, and real friendships. Definitely returning for future sessions. Highly recommended for those new to clowning, as well as for old hands.” 

Vera Chok performer, Malaysia/London



SPANISH:

Adecuado para todos los niveles de experiencia, desde principiante a profesional experimentado.

 

Hay plazas de beca disponibles para este curso y las solicitudes de beca están abiertas (fecha límite 22 de mayo de 2024).


Para reservar una plaza en el curso, envíe un correo electrónico a natasha@spymonkey.co.uk. 


Sobre el curso

¿Qué es lo que te hace único como artista? ¿Cómo compartes esa ridiculez brillante y especial con el público para que se desternille de risa? 


En esta introducción de 5 días al Spymonkey Clown nos centraremos en cómo identificar y desarrollar esa cualidad particular de “lo Gracioso” que es especial para ti, y sólo para ti. 


Recibirás apoyo para desarrollar estas habilidades cómicas en un entorno seguro, divertido y lleno de risas. Esta dinámica de grupo positiva te permitirá centrarte en identificar y confiar en tus mejores impulsos, asumir riesgos, ser aventurero, generoso y honesto como intérprete. En este taller tan divertido realizaremos juegos y ejercicios, desarrollando la confianza y la complicidad con el grupo. Encontrarás el placer en tu propio ridículo, te mantendrás optimista, descubrirás tu oro cómico y te prepararás para reír hasta que te duela la cara. 


Compartiremos muchos de los métodos que Spymonkey ha encontrado esenciales a lo largo de los años para crear Theatre of the Funny : juegos físicos, juegos de improvisación, ejercicios de estatus, rutinas de comedia física, ejercicios de coro y parodia. A Toby le gusta especialmente utilizar la música como fuente de inspiración cómica, así que también veremos cómo la canción, el baile y la musicalidad pueden llevarnos a un territorio cómico nuevo e inesperado.


El curso se impartirá tanto en inglés como en español.


“Totalmente inspirador”.

Lucy Hopkins intérprete, Londres/Worcester


“Una de las semanas más increíbles de toda mi vida.. Todo mi corazón está radiante y riendo”.

Isobel Chadwick intérprete, Northampton


“El trabajo me ha hecho más consciente en el escenario. Lo que me hace gracia, lo que hace reír al público, lo que no, por qué estoy en el escenario. La obra me ha inspirado mucho, como intérprete pero también como persona. Es el tipo de trabajo que siempre he querido hacer y que buscaba en todos los demás trabajos que he hecho”.

Bill Barberis intérprete, Bélgica


“¡Qué semana tan increíble! Muchísimas, muchísimas gracias a Spymonkey, y a todos y cada uno de los que participasteis en el taller por ser tan comprensivos con un no-intérprete, me hicisteis sentir como en casa desde el principio, lo que me permitió arriesgarme y divertirme. Ánimo Spymonkey”.

Andrea Foa periodista, Italia


“Risas de vientre, apoyo, ideas y amistades reales. Definitivamente volveré para futuras sesiones. Muy recomendable tanto para los nuevos en el mundo del clown como para los veteranos”. 

Vera Chok artista, Malasia/Londres

Bursaries

2 bursary places are available for this course.

Deadline: May 22, 2024

Bursary applications are now Open.

Click here to apply!

For more information about our bursaries, please click here.

Course Leaders

Aitor Basauri

Joint Artistic Director & Performer

Founder, co-creator and performer of all Spymonkey shows to date. Performed in The Servant of Two Masters at Sheffield Crucible (1996), Axomate at the Seville Expo (1992), Eulenspiegel (1991) and in Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau’s Grand Paradis and Stau in Zurich (1997 and 1998). Director of Little Prince for Donkey Productions (1997), Un Vento Impetuoso for La Canoppia (1996) and Meci Y Me Fui for Pez Enraya ( 1997). In 1999 he appeared in Circus Knie, the Swiss State Circus, and in 2000 formed his own company Punto Fijo, based in Bilbao. Appeared in Cirque Images’ 2003 series Solstrom for Bravo Cable Network. Appeared in Bertold Brecht’s Senor Carrera’s Rifles at the Young Vic, directed by Paul Hunter (2007).

Directing credits include: ‘Lily & Marlene’ for La Dinamica (Spain 2015); ’Looking for Duende’ for Teatro Entre Escombros (Spain 2015); ’Hondycops’ for Squadra Sua (Czech Republic 2015); ’Ferucchio Peru is Extraordinaire’ for Leebo Luby (UK 2015); Manifest Destiny (New York 2015); Fabulous Bäckström Brothers (Finland 2014); Entre Escobros ‘600 Teatro’ (Spain 2014); ‘Gloriator’ for Skipstick Productions (London 2013); ‘NMIIDP’ Simone Riccio, (London 2013); ‘Herr Ist Immer Der Natur’ for Die Drei Auf Den Baum (Berlin 2012); ‘Discombobulated’ for Publick Transport (Bristol & UK tour, 2011); ‘Ramshackadelicious’ (Bristol 2011); ‘Shake’ for The Last Baguette (Switzerland 2010). Director of physical comedy for Chichester Festival Theatre’s ‘Mack & Mabel’ (2015) starring Michael Ball. Co-director of Orpheus in the Underworld at Vienna Volksoper operahouse which opens in 2023.

Aitor is an acclaimed teacher of clown, regularly holding Spymonkey masterclasses in London, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and around the world, and for the Clown Doctors organisation in Germany, Austria and France.