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Sunday July 19, 2015 - Friday July 24, 2015
Starts 20:15 on first day - Finishes 14:30 on last day

Through masks, we can explore and deepen our connection to archetypal forces, myths, stories and images that profoundly influence and shape our lives.

What is the clown’s relationship to these archetypes? And what of the clown’s own mask – the red nose? Jacques Lecoq called it the smallest mask in the world and as actors we need to befriend this mask (even if clowns can do without it). This workshop invites you to look more closely at the power of the mask by exploring its working with one of the foremost exponents and practitioners of this art form – Michael Chase. We will explore different masks (neutral – larval – Commedia) as well as different cultural traditions (Bali etc.).

In confronting ourselves with masks, how do we make peace or war with the forces they reveal within us. It is our relationship to the masks we wear and not necessarily by our mastery over them that informs our work. Whether we choose to be at one with what they reveal of our nature “or in noble and ennobling conflict with it”*, the clown dances
lightly from one to the other – bending to its constraints one moment and recklessly free the next.

*from “Going Sane” by Adam Philips

This workshop is for both beginners and experienced clowns.

The group is limited to 12

Facilitators: Michael Chase + Vivian Gladwell

Michael Chase

Michael Chase is Festival Director of the International Mask Festival. He is
artistic director of the Glasshouse Art Centre and heads up the performing
Arts department at the Glasshouse College. Michael has 28 years in the
field of masks working as a maker, teacher, actor and director nationally
and internationally.


Vivian Gladwell

Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose. He started clowning in 1978 and his researches have taken him to look at the uses of clowning in the field of teacher training, medicine, conflict management and ecology. He has taught in South Africa, USA, Europe, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…


To book: £120 non-returnable deposit secures your place.

Course fee: £345 – Tuition only

The group is limited to 12

Accommodation and meals:

Please contact Emerson College at bookings@emerson.org.uk to book for accommodation and meals

Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30

Venue: Emerson Village, Forest Row, East Sussex

To book: £120 non-returnable deposit for the course.

To book this course

To book a course submit the form with your details and we will let you know about available places and how to proceed with payment of your deposit.
Deposits can be paid by cheque, bank tranfer or online. NOTE: Bookings can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit. As the booking usually only covers the course fee, please check you know the total cost of the course (course fee + accommodation and meals).

Once your deposit has been accepted, we will notify you to confirm your place on the course. You are booked on the course ONLY when Nose to Nose confirms your place.

If you have questions or problems, please email us.

Please note

We offer a two-year clown training during which you can follow our progression through the work from beginners level to Performance and Social clowning.
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Emerson College
Emerson College
RH18 5JX Forest Row
United Kingdom