ONLINE SOCIAL CLOWNING: Bringing the Clown into the World
Saturday August 08, 2020 - Saturday August 15, 2020
ONLINE Social Clowning:
Bringing the Clown into the World
Saturday August 8, 2020 – Saturday August 15, 2020
with Kristin Crowley and Vivian Gladwell (Founder of Nose to Nose)
8 August 2020 to 15 August 2020
Participation in Online Social Clowning will also include an invitation to perform in a LIVE online Clowning Celebration September 25th – 27th. Participation in this Celebration is encouraged but optional and not a requirement.
Course Description for Online Social Clowning: Bringing the Clown into the World
Online Social Clowning offers an intensive practical exploration of the clown’s take on personal, social and political issues and is designed to empower you to bring yourself and the work of the clown into the world. How do we as clowns meet ourselves, the world, and others? What do we seek to bring into being or to celebrate?
What is the right way for a clown to reflect, comment and play with the issues and problems they perceive in the world? Unlike the buffoon (a close cousin of the clown but with an attitude problem), the clown is forgiven for stumbling accidentally on truth because they are clearly too stupid to know. The clown transgresses in order to reclaim and celebrate life’s paradoxes. By fearlessly juggling social, symbolic, and archetypal references, the clown stumbles on and gently exposes truths others dare not or cannot speak out.
The absurd or poetic reflection of ourselves and the world that the clown offers us puts the human heart back at the very center of our lives and of our institutions. In parodying games of knowledge, power, truth and religion, the clown reveals the light and the shadows of our world and celebrates our humanity.
Participation in Online Social Clowning will also include an invitation to perform in a LIVE online Clowning Celebration September 25th – 27th. Performing in this Celebration is encouraged but optional and not a requirement.
Social Clowning begins Saturday, August 8th. Ends on August 15th
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Each working day consists of two 1 ½ hour sessions with a 30 minute break between sessions followed by a third reflective or collaborative session alone or with peers prior to next working day sessions.
Each two day working block will be followed by a day of contemplative reflection, further collaboration, or other personal work for a total of 8 days.
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|12pm – 3:30pm EST (US East Coast)|
|9am – 12:30pm PDT (US West Coast)|
|5pm – 8:30pm (UK)|
|6pm – 9:30pm (Europe)|
These times for each day will be followed by an additional 1-2 hours for individual or collaborative reflection or activity prior to beginning the next working day sessions.
Participation in Online Social Clowning will also include an invitation to perform in a LIVE online Clowning Celebration September 25th – 27th. Participation in this Celebration is optional and not a requirement.
Clowning Celebration September 25th, 26th, 27th (More details to follow)
Saturday September 26th 3pm – 5pm EST
Sunday September 27th 3pm – 4:30pm EST
Prerequisites: This is an Advanced Course. Previous experience of our work is required. Completion of Clown 3 is recommended as a vehicle for deepening the exploration of your work as a clown.
Course Fee: $350 ($300 per course if enrolled in both Online Clown 3 and Online Social Clowning) which can be paid in one single payment OR in monthly installments over a 3 month period.
The course can be paid in one single payment OR in monthly installments over a 3 month period.
For more information on the workshop please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOUNDER OF NOSE TO NOSE (1988)
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, Nose to Nose Germany in 2008, NTN Italy in 2016 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.
Kristin did not come to clowning by choice, but was forced into it by wiser others who knew where she belonged. Her work as a clown and facilitator led to the fumbling discovery and recovery of a language she knows inwardly, loves, and could have lost. Her specialities include weeping, falling in love, making mischief, and the invisible. She is grateful for the inspiration and example of those brilliant, talented generous people she has been privileged to work with or been touched by – artists, musicians, athletes, educators, poets, seekers, thinkers, healers, and other “ordinary” fearful and courageous spirits willing to risk and dare. She is amazed and astonished by her family, her parents and siblings, her children, and those she has claimed unjustly as her own, by those braver than she, facing the ordinary challenges connected with being alive, and by forgiveness. She is interested in presences and possibilities. She is informed by life and living, by beauty, ugliness, music, laughter, poetry, nature, stillness, cruelty, and compassion, by brave souls and tender hearts by the struggle to realize the impulse that initiated a wish to be, and by the work she has to do. The mistakes she makes: the limitations she must overcome, the struggles she faces in being and becoming, the gifts she has been given, and her sense of wonder, reverence, and gratitude inform and guide her in her work with others. She works with individuals, companies, institutions, agencies, and organizations. She still struggles and falls down.
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