EXPLORING THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM THROUGH PLAY – Emerson College, UK
Friday May 10, 2019 - Sunday May 12, 2019
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:00 on last day
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. Come for a weekend of letting go and freeing up!
This weekend is a first playful exploration of Steiner’s principles that the clown might stumble into. We will ground all of our reflections in play.
We achieve freedom when we cultivate “our moral imagination, our ability to imaginatively create ethically sound and practical solutions to new situations, in fact, to forge our own ethical principles and to transform these flexibly as needed – not in the service of our own egotistical purposes, but in the face of new demands and situations.”(Steiner – 1916)
The group is limited to 12
Wim teaches storytelling at the University of Twente, with Amnesty International and other organizations. He is a member of the board of the Dutch Foundation of Storytelling who aims to create a culture of storytelling in the Netherlands.
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 theBataclown 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.
Course fee: £140 – Tuition only
COURSE OPEN TO ALL
Accommodation and meals:
Single room and all meals: £127.50
Camping/ Camper van and all meals : £77.50
All meals only : £33.50
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Date and times:
The course begins Friday – 19h30
Ends Sunday – 12h30
Venue: Emerson College
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