No Pleasure, No Clown

by Fernando Cordova Hernandez

in Global Connections

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(Photo: By Seth Bockley. Pictured: Madeleine Sierra Carrascal, Artús Chávez, Fernando Córdova Hernández)

Since I was a child I remember doing shows for my family in the December vacation with all my brothers and my cousins. I remember the pleasure, the fantasy, the characters, the family laughing about our funny mistakes and accidents.

And here I am today almost 30 years later doing exactly the same but professionally, with an excellent team, understanding every day more about art and creativity, team work, clown and the stupidity of war.

Photo: Seth Bockley. Pictured: Madeleine Sierra Carrascal, Artús Chávez, Fernando Córdova Hernández

Trying to find again the clown characters that we built in Chicago in September seemed impossible in the beginning but, with the support of everybody–the coaching of Devon, the ideas of Seth and the commitment onstage of Artús and Madeleine, everything becomes easy.

I love to start all our sessions with play, some type of game, which is absolutely necessary for the clown process, (no pleasure, no clown). Then normally we have a nice conversation about what we will do during the day, feedback, what is not working and what is good. I really like the openness of Devon and Seth to new ideas, they are always listening carefully, accepting and giving solutions for the show.

Photo: Seth Bockley. Pictured: Madeleine Sierra Carrascal, Fernando Córdova Hernández, Artús Chávez

One beautiful thing is that we work with everything we have:  if by mistake we are holding a broom we use it, if a hole in the wall of the rehearsal room appears we use it– we integrate every accident or every accidental prop to create our play.

It’s a pleasure to make a statement against war through one of the most powerful weapons: art and humor.


Fernando Córdova Hernández (actor / collaborator). Fernando studied law at the Universidad Anahuac where he had his first encounter with clown. He belonged to the first squad of clown doctors in México, and studied clown, buffoon and improvisation with various teachers including: Daniele Finzi Pasca (Switzerland), Eric de Bont (Netherlands) Alex Navarro (Spain), and Phillipe Gaulier (France). Professionally, he has acted in several pantomime, improvisation and clowning shows, including “Norvak”, “El Extraño Caso de Tai Chi y Té Chai”, and “The Martian Brothers” which were presented in Mexico City, Puebla, Jalisco, Barcelona, Canary Islands, China and New York.


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