SOCIAL CLOWNING – PART 1 – Exploring the clown’s take on biographical stories – Emerson, UK
Sunday June 25, 2023 - Friday June 30, 2023
Starts 18:15 on first day - Finishes 14:00 on last day
The course offers a practical exploration of the clown’s take on biographical stories.
From the third day onward, we will explore our biographical stories through the clown’s playful and cheeky nature.
Unlike the buffoon (a close cousin of the clown but with an attitude problem), the clown transgresses in order to reclaim and celebrate life’s paradoxes. By fearlessly juggling with symbolic and archetypal references, the clown stumbles on and gently exposes truths others dare not or cannot speak out.
The absurd reflection of ourselves and of the world that the clown offers us puts the human heart back at the very centre of our lives and of our institutions. In parodying the games of knowledge, power, and truth we reveal not only the light and the shadows of our world but also affirm and celebrate our humanity.
The group is limited to 12
PRE-REQUISITE: This course requires participants to have followed done Clown 1, 2, 3.
Facilitator: Vivian Gladwell and Ali Stockford
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, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)
He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.
Alison participated in her first Nose to Nose workshop in 2000 and fell in love with the work. She has been facilitating Nose to Nose workshops for five years and holds this work in high esteem as the perfect grounding for all creative work, developing our potential for full self-expression and the bigger picture of trusting ourselves and life. A member of the Nose to Nose Team, UK, Clown facilitation has also taken her into training work for the Giggle Doctors, Theodora Foundation, UK and for Lis’n Tell Speech and Language practitioners UK. Alison speaks both English and French.
Course fee: £475 – Tuition only
Deposit – £180
Date and times:
The course begins Sunday – 18h15 (with supper)
Ends Friday – after lunch – 14h30
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