Jef Johnson is a principal clown in the international touring company of
SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW. He has performed as clown with Cirque du Soleil, served as
Artistic Director for the tour's 2003 stage parody of DRALION in Mexico City,
has performed as the featured artist at New York's Downtown Clown Revue and has
conducted workshops for The New York Clown Theatre Festival, Camp Broadway,
and Snowshow. He directs "Jef Johnson's Clown Lab" in Manhattan. He is
founder of the New York Institute for Clown and Physical Theatre.
My philosophy on clown.
Here are a few lines on my teaching philosophy
(Jef Johnson's Clown Lab and Workshop Series):
"My philosophy for teaching is the same as my philosophy for perfomance. In life - we live, we experience, and so shall we exist in the classroom."
"Relying on experience, models and observation, we explore key impulses and discuss the true life of character, as opposed to the fake life of an actor portraying character by "performing" choreography(blocking) and "reciting" lines. Onstage, too often, we lose Experience. "Performing" is a locked-up condition. The mind is working ahead of the individual's unique, simple, physical, sensate, dynamic discovery."
"My interest is in unlocking the life of the character through physical experience and discovery. The work is focused on perception. How we "think" about what we are actually doing often pollutes the transposition of idea to expression. When we let go, impulse can be identified and better understood. When we return to the base, the idea of "creative play," we can begin to construct meaningful and truthful character."