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Sunday June 16, 2019 - Friday June 21, 2019
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:00 on last day

Lizeth 2A five-day Clown Improvisation and Creative Dance workshop to wake up our movement imagination and discover the clown in motion. A Clown workshop in which you will find yourself dancing.


Do you feel a bit off balance? Do you bump into yourself? Do you trip over your own feet? How can we trust the messages our body is sending? When we notice and become curious of our own movements: a tapping foot, a yawn, a stretch, a gesture, a rhythm, we begin our personal journey into play and authentic discovery.

THROUGH Clowning
We connect to our playful spirit. We develop and sustain in ourselves and each other the courage to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves. We befriend the fears that block us from being fully present in the here and now. The path of the Clown is simple, vulnerable and naive reminding us to dance lightly through life.

ABOUT Clowning

Clowning is a state of playfulness that brings us to experience a child-like, naïve and vulnerable state of being. Paradoxically we grow, learn and are strengthened through reconnecting playfully with what makes us most vulnerable. This approach to clowning is not a technique (tricks, gags and routines) but a personal journey towards finding one’s own unique way of being a clown, by listening and being receptive, essential skills for any creative and imaginative expression. It is only when we let go our control over things that we begin to be surprised by the depth of what reveals itself to us.

THROUGH Mettler based Dance Improvisation
We find the freedom to use our natural creative resources in Dance. As we become aware of the inner impulse that guides the initiation and completion of each movement we make, we develop understanding of organic form. We learn to let the Dance grow out of itself. As we discover our unique abilities for movement expression through Dance improvisations we aim to experience an inclusive creative community that celebrates the individual and taps the power of group unity.

Believing that Dance is a basic human need, Barbara Mettler (1907 – 2002) explored new approaches to both the body as instrument and movement as the material of the Dance. Her way of working emphasised individual and group Improvisation as a means of cultivating the natural, creative movement resources which are in everyone. Mettler’s pioneering research, exploration and practice of large group Dance Improvisation is recognised as a ground breaking and unique contribution to contemporary Dance.


Alison Stockford

Alison participated in her first Nose to Nose workshop in 2000 and fell in love with the work. Many workshops later and she is now a trained facilitator with Nose To Nose. She holds this work in high esteem as a perfect grounding for all creative work and the bigger picture of trusting ourselves and life. Alison is a qualified and experienced teacher of over 20 years. She teaches and has taught Drama and Performing Arts in mainstream, special and older peoples settings.
As an experienced performer, she has worked in café-théâtre with Les Amuses Gueules in Lille, France, Street Theatre and Theatre in Education with Inside Out Theatre Company, Hastings. Alison speaks both English and French.


Griff Goehring

Griff Goehring has taught creative dance to people of all ages and abilities since 1972. She received her training from the American dance pioneer, Barbara Mettler, with whom she studied and worked professionally throughout the 1970s & 80s. Griff directed her own professional groups including the New England Bicycle Dance Troupe in 2011. She was adjunct faculty at Hampshire College from 2006-2017 where she taught Group Dance Improvisation. She co-teaches Mettler Studios annual Summer Teacher Training in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Griff stumbled into the joy of clowning in 2017 when she took her first Nose to Nose workshop. Her travel to UK is funded by Mettler Studios, Inc. (www.barbaramettler.org).

Course fee: £375 – Tuition only

Accommodation and meals:

Single room and all meals: £ 324.00
Camping/ Camper van and all meals : £ 199.00
All meals only : £ 77.00

To book your accommodation and meals at Emerson (separate from the course fee) go to  http://www.emerson.org.uk/clowning2

To contact Emerson email bookings@emerson.org.uk

You can book the course on the link below.

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

Venue: Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex

Click here to book this course or enquire

To book a course follow the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.  Submit the form with your details and we will let you know how to proceed with payment of your deposit. Your deposit is REFUNDABLE  MORE than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £20 admin fee for refunds.  If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full.

Deposits are paid online.

NOTE: Your place can only be confirmed after we have received your deposit. As the fee quoted usually only covers the course fee, please check you know the total cost of the course (course fee + accommodation and meals). Click here

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, email us at mail@nosetonose.info
If full email us at mail@nosetonose.info to go on our waiting list. We’ll let you know when a place becomes available.


Q: Can I talk to someone? A: Yes, just send an email with your phone number to mail@nosetonose.info and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: Just click on the link Click here to book… above. You will see on the form whether there are available places.

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just click on the link Click here to enquire and fill the form. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.

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