Monday August 10, 2020 - Friday August 14, 2020
Starts 09:30 on first day - Finishes 13:30 on last day
With Kristin Crowley and Vivian Gladwell (Founder of Nose to Nose)
In Port Townsend, WA
The course offers a practical exploration of the clown’s take on personal, social and political issues.
From the third day onward, you will be taking your skills into real life situations – i.e. meetings, conferences or visiting different businesses and institutions.
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 transgresses in order to reclaim and celebrate life’s paradoxes. By fearlessly juggling with social, 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, truth and religion, 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 and requires participants to have completed Clown 1, 2, 3.
Monday August 10– Thursday August 13 9:30am to 5:30 pm
Friday August 14 9:30am to 1:30pm
Port Townsend, WA
$525 with a deposit of $180 to hold a place in the course.
For more information on the workshop please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Spaeth Crowley
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.