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’.