Join us for a weekend of discovery, laughter and artistic development.

In this unique course, we will guide you through practical exercises and enriching discussions, helping you cultivate your clowning skills and deepen your understanding of the art of clowning.

This weekend is open to all levels – Whether you are a beginner or a experienced.

This course will be run in English but some translation can be available for anyone who requires it. 

The theme of the weekend

We will explore the clown’s relationship to objects. Identification with objects teaches important clown principles such as:

  • commitment to physicality and embodiment,
  • use of voice for emotional expression,
  • relationship with partners and audience,
  • personal freedom
  • breaking the rules of theatrical convention
  • exploring roles and breaking free from roles 

Reserve your place now and let your clown discover a surreal world of emotions and logic.

The group is limited to 12 people

Course fee: 200 EUROS – Tuition only

Deposit – 100 EUROS

Place :
Inspinazie, Opvoedingstraat 19, 3010 Leuven
Very close to the railway station with parking close to the venue.

Accommodation and meals :
Bring your own food.
If you need help to find your accommodation please leave us a note in the section enquiries when you book.
We provide coffee and various teas as well as nuts and dried fruits.

Date and times:
The course runs from Friday June 21, 2024 to Sunday June 23, 2024

Friday – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Facilitators: Vivian Gladwell & An Valenteyn

Vivian Gladwell

Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)

He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.

An Valenteyn

An was born in Belgium where she lives and works. She trained as a social worker and went on to study mime and movement theatre at the Lassaad International School in Brussels – a school influenced by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. 

She became so inspired by clowning as a playful and authentic way of being and living in the moment that in 2006 she joined the Cliniclown team in Belgium working as a hospital clown. She is also a coach and a trainer for new members of the team.  

In 2015 she met Nose to Nose. She finished the Clown facilitator training in 2023 with Nose to Nose. She also performs as a clown and actor in music theatre.

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).

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 nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com 
If full email us at nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com 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 nosetonoseoffice@gmail.com 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.