He may be a performance artist with a talent for clowning, but one Edge Hill University student has proved he is serious about his studies after being awarded a scholarship.
Jaime Monfort Miralles, who is in his third year of a BA (Hons) Visual Theatre degree, plans to use his scholarship fund from the University to travel to specialist workshops where he can learn from the world’s experts in the discipline.
He has already been inspired in his future career by renowned clown Avner Eisenberg, who performs as Avner the Eccentric. Jaime had attended a two-week workshop in Portland, Maine, to learn more about combining dance, physical and visual theatre, acting and comedy. He now plans to travel wherever he can to learn more about his craft, and his award will also help him purchase circus equipment and books so he can learn new techniques.
The 20-year-old has utilised his phenomenal clowning and theatrical skills voluntarily in local schools helping to engage young people. Simultaneously to studies at Edge Hill University, Jaime is currently working towards a Business Degree with the Open University to improve his business acumen. He has acknowledged that this is vital when negotiating contracts with performance companies and in the future he hopes it will help him achieve his ambition of creating his own company in this field.
Jaime said: “My utopian aim is to have a solo clowning show which will tour around the world. It’s the most difficult thing to do – it makes you so vulnerable, it’s just your body, in a space.”
Jaime came to England from his little hometown called Pedreguer, located near Valencia, in Spain five years ago to study for an International Baccalaureate.
“I was only planning to stay for a year to improve my English,” he said, “but I really liked England, and the people here, and the importance given to the performing arts, so I asked my parents if I could stay.”
While at the Ormskirk University, he has joined various societies to improve his skills as a performer including Circus Skills, Company Bound which is a physical theatre society, Hillstart and Edge FWD, the award-winning all-male dance group designed to dispel the stereotypes surrounding men in dance.
Jaime added: “Avner advised me to try dance as he says it is the best physical training for the actor and I really like it now. I am very happy at Edge Hill and feel like I am developing as an artist.”