Clown Through Mask

The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko as Practised by Sue Morrison

Veronica Coburn and Sue Morrison

Clown Through Mask

Veronica Coburn and Sue Morrison

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492 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $78.50 ISBN: 9781841505749 Published April 2013 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Richard Pochinko (1946–89) played a pioneering role in North American clown theater through the creation of an original pedagogy synthesizing modern European and indigenous Native American techniques. In Clown Through Mask, Veronica Coburn and onetime Pochinko apprentice Sue Morrison lay out the methodology of the Pochinko style of clowning and offer a bold philosophical framework for its interpretation. Morrison is today a leading teacher of Pochinko’s Clown through Mask technique and this book extends significantly the literature on this underdocumented form of theater.


Background Information
1. Richard Pochinko
2. Sue Morrison
Part One: The Basics of Pochinko Clown
3. The First Day
4. Preparatory Exercises
5. First Foundation Exercise for Clown
6. First Foundation Exercise for Mask
7. Second Foundation Exercise for Clown
8. Second Foundation Exercise for Mask
Part Two: Building a Personal Mythology
9. Making One North
10. Experience and Innocence
11. Painting One North
12. Wearing One North
13. Checking In
14. The First Turn
Part Three: Masks Two to Six
15. Making and Wearing Mask Two South
16. Making and Wearing Mask Three East—Time to Check In
17. Making and Wearing Mask Four West
18. Making and Wearing Mask Five Below Below
19. Making and Wearing Mask Six Above Above
Part Four: Performance
20. The Turn For Two South
21. The Turn for Three East
22. The Turn For Four West
23. The Turn for Five Below Below
24. The Turn for Six Above Above
25. The Soirée
Part Five: Joey and Auguste
26. The Basics
27. Performance Exercises
Part Six: Clown Theatre
28. Red Nose Theatre
29. Developing Original Clown Material—Sue Morrison Style
30. The Future of The Form—Clowns For Our Time

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