EXPLORING THE CLOWN’S TAKE ON BIOGRAPHICAL STORIES – an advanced course.
Thursday February 13, 2020 - Monday February 17, 2020
The course offers a practical exploration of the clown’s take on biographical stories.
From the third day onward, we will 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 Angie Foster
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.
Angie Foster is a Clowning Facilitator, Actress, Director, and teacher. She trained with Vivian Gladwell and is on the team of Nose to Nose of North America. She has facilitated clowning workshops in the Philadelphia area and at the Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California as well as Threefold Education Center in Spring Valley, New York and elsewhere in the country. She teaches co-workers regularly at Kimberton Hills, Beaver Run, and Soltane communities.
Date and times:
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 on final day
Venue: Kimberton, Philadelphia
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