Come to WMA for an interactive 'Playshop' exploring the foolish innocence and play of theatrical Clown! There will be games, there will be laughter, there will be silliness! Facilitated by Nettie Lane, this approach to clown is through a body-based movement process. Clown is a beautiful, poetic, generous, challenging, and often misunderstood art form. Nettie is committed to this celebration of our humanity as seen through the eyes of the Clown.
Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you freedom of movement. All are invited to join the fun.
In 2006, Nettie Lane left her job as Education Director for LandPaths, an environmental non-profit, to devote herself to her new passion - Circus Arts. In 2008, she moved to Vermont to attend the Professional Track Training Program at the New England Center for Circus Arts where she focused on Trapeze and Duo Acrobatics. Nettie’s interest in theatrical clowning led her to study with Giovanni Fusetti, Paola Coletto and Aitor Basauri. Currently, the German wheel has captured her imagination and she has been training and collaborating with it ever since.
Nettie has performed with Flynn Creek Circus, Zany Umbrella Circus, Art Farm-Circus for a Fragile Planet, New England Center for Circus Arts, Nimble Arts, Saavy Productions, Overhead Arts and the Payomet Performing Arts Center and Droplet Dance. Her festival appearances have included: Life is Good, Wanderlust, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Petaluma Rivertown Revival, and the New York Clown Festival. In 2015, she assisted Giovanni Fusetti in the International Clown Training in Boulder, Colorado.
Nettie's curiosity of the world and love of travel has taken her many places -trekking in the Cordillera Blancas in Peru, walking the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage route from Germany to Spain, hiking volcanos in Vanuatu, and most recently teaching Clown in Ireland. She has happily landed in Brattleboro, Vermont where she is on staff at the New England Center for Circus Arts and works for Circus Smirkus as an Artist-in-Residence in schools throughout New England.