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Sunday July 10, 2016 - Friday July 15, 2016
Starts 17:15 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…




Course fee: £345 – Tuition only

Accommodation and meals:
To book your accommodation and meals at Emerson go to  http://www.emerson.org.uk/clowning2
To contact Emerson email bookings@emerson.org.uk

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

Venue: Emerson Village, Forest Row, East Sussex

TO SIGN UP for the course, simply pay your deposit of £120 with Paypal or a Bank Card below.
Confirmation of payment from Paypal means you are signed up for the course**
**Please check the course requirements before signing up.

Paypal or Credit Card – CLICK HERE

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

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: This workshop is both for beginners and experienced clowns.

Fee £345 – (a deposit of £120 is required to hold your place – Your deposit is NOT REFUNDABLE  LESS than 2 months before the start of the course. There is a £20 fee for refunds – for Paypal fees + admin costs. If the course is cancelled your deposit will be refunded in full.)


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: Where can I stay? A: If you require accommodation and meals at Emerson during the clowning course in November you can go to their web site and book directly, the link is http://www.emerson.org.uk/calendar

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: To find out just click on the Paypal or Credit Cardlink above and you will see the number of places available. It will not be possible for you to book if there are no spaces available.

Q: Can you put me on the waiting list? A: Sure, just write to mail@nosetonose.info to ask. We will put you on our waiting list and let you know when a place becomes available.


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Emerson College
Emerson College
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United Kingdom