Photo credit: Paul Valcke

LA NAB — Clowning & revolt

Apr. 3 to 7, 2023 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate:
85$ with Services Québec support / 150$ regular rate
*Drop-in class rate:
22$ with Service Québec / 32$ if non-eligible (Monday and/or Tuesday only)
Language of instruction: French
Capacity: 23 people priority for full week attendance
Open to artists of all disciplines


*Drop-ins welcome Monday and/or Tuesday only. Payment by credit card or e-transfer on site the morning of, if capacity allows (no reservations). 

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!

”The clown doesn’t need to have a specific social claim. He is a rebellion in himself.”

This is true. Clowns are a step aside. A refusal of the norm. A pure eccentricity, even a dynamiting of social codes. But what if we went further? What if we used our anger at inequality, for example, to stage clownish tableaux that ignite a spark?

This workshop will suggest ways of thinking and acting in order to politicize the clowning imagination. Without losing sight of the character’s innocence and fierce freedom, we will create social scenes similar to flash mobs in the public space. We will document the process (through video) in order to develop tools that can be used by others to continue writing the history of clown-activism.

Various costumes included in the experience.

Clown work is generally quite physical, although some specific workshops are less so. That said, if you have a significant physical limitation, it is still possible to participate. In order to accommodate you properly, you may contact La Nab to plan how the workshop can be adapted.

The voice is an integral part of La Nab’s approach to clowning (not the verb, but the voice). However, it is not always present in the exercises requested, as the body and emotions remain at the forefront. The workshop can be made accessible to deaf people if an interpreter is present and the person understands that music may be used for certain exercises.

Unfortunately the training has not been adapted for people with visual impairments, intellectual disabilities, wheelchairs and/or autism.

La Nab
comes from the planet of poetry. Founder of L’École Brimbalante, she has staged public walks, poetic clown plays for young and old audiences, made art videos, published articles and poems. Since 2015 she has dedicated herself to teaching clowning.