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Tuesday July 31, 2018 - Saturday August 04, 2018


with Vivian Gladwell and Laura Geilen from Nose to Nose

This course offers further practice of clowning with the focus on structure and relationship. The more demanding aspects of this level come from a need to practice awareness of and responsiveness to your partner on stage, to your audience and to the images, stories and characters that emerge during improvisation.

The teaching method will emphasize finding greater insights into the techniques of improvisation and performance, providing challenges and inspiration enough to take your understanding of this work forward.

The group is limited to 12. Early registration is advised.

Date and times:
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 on final day

Course fee:  $525
Deposit – $180
Venue: The Christian Community Church, 10 Green River Lane, Hillsdale, NY 12529
Accommodation and meals:
Accommodation and meals are not included. You will need to find these online and we are happy to advise you. Just email us at laura@nosetonose.info


Vivian- frameVivian 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.

Laura Geilen

Photo on 5-28-15 at 2.20 PM #2Laura Geilen lives in Hillsdale, New York, and works with her special friends in Camphill Village Copake. She is a facilitator with Nose To Nose of North America under the guidance of Vivian Gladwell, founder of Nose To Nose of the UK. She collaborates with the acclaimed Walking the Dog Theater (www.wtdtheater.org), with Kevin and Erin Maile O’Keefe of CircusYoga (www.circusyoga.com), and with Berkcirque Circus School (www.berkcirque.com). She teaches therapeutic movement, circus arts, Spacial Dynamics® and clowning to adults, kids and special needs populations throughout the Berkshire-Taconic region. She enjoys bringing people a renewed experience of their creativity, authenticity and aliveness through the transformative power of play.

To read her article on clowning and special needs click here: http://naclownworkshops.blogspot.com/2012/02/clowning-special-needs-and-clowning-as.html



Click here to sign up or enquire

To sign up for (or book) the course follow the Click here link 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 2 months before the start of the course. After 2 months there can be no refund. There is a $25 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 laura@nosetonose.info
If full email us at laura@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 laura@nosetonose.info and we’ll call you as soon as we are free to do so.

Q: Where can I stay? A: Accommodation and meals are not included. You will need to find these online and we are happy to advise you. Just email us at laura@nosetonose.info

Q: Are there still spaces available on the course? A: To find out just click on the Paypal or Credit Card link 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 laura@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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