Monthly Archives: January 2014

When falling is funny – the success of failure

PETA LILY has written about her intervention at the lab. the full text is on the ‘Writings’ page. Here is an excerpt: 

When falling is funny – the success of failure

A Workshop Intervention in Clown for Emilyn Claid’s Falling event

‘With my intervention, I decided to put the ‘i’ in falling to share with the participants the gift the clown brings to humanity – the freedom to fail.  The Masters of Clown – including Chaplin, Lupino Lane, Keystone Cops – have explored a ballet of skillful falls.  I chose not to concentrate on the mechanics and craft of falling in my session, but on the ‘physiological’ / social connotations of falling: tripping, stumbling, making mistakes. Outside of Clown and, say, parachuting, falling is most often seen as a ‘fall from grace’, a kind of failing – anything from slightly embarrassing to something shameful or tragic’.

About Falling, Landing, Falling About Alan Frank

‘About Falling, Landing, Falling About’   is written by Alan Frank  and reflects his experiences of taking part in  Miranda Tufnell’s workshop ‘Landings’ and the research lab ‘Falling About’ facilitated by Emilyn Claid at Siobhan Davies Studios in December 2013. 

Alan’s writing, in its entirety, is on the Writings page.

Here are two excerpts:

Our lives move in circles, we move between existential terrors that we try to mask.  We know gravity will win in the end, we will die, we will fall down.  So we rehearse; in films and books and plays and dance, we experience catharsis, we laugh at the clown and his banana skin.

Perhaps the fear of our oblivion is intensified as we stay in such a vulnerable state through the long period of gestation birth and infancy. Laing’s idea is that psychic fears haunt us through life; fear of landing and being sucked down or of not landing and floating away. And so we voyage through life, terrified of drifting and fearing the pull of the anchor. As individuals in our relationships, our work and our play we rehearse the cycle of letting go, of freedom, and of staying put, of the security of constraint. Until we finally have to let go of life itself.