Inter-cultural Clowning in India
5-11th September 2011
Bhaja Retreat Centre (near Pune, Maharashtra)

Held in the stunningly lush surroundings of rural Maharashtra here is a unique opportunity to explore what makes us laugh - in co-operation with performers and story-tellers from India. This 5-day workshop concludes with a performance in a local village...

An exploration of our cultural differences around laughter and play, and the clown as expressed in Eastern and Western culture. The research will span diverse worlds, backgrounds and cultural traditions.

Half the group will consist of Indian performers, who are social activists in their communities, using drama, storytelling and the arts to raise consciousness. Often coming from poor backgrounds themselves, they mostly work supporting people in remote villages and slums.

The other half will be from Europe and the USA, preferably with some experience of clowning and/or performance.

Spaces are strictly limited to 10 from India and 10 from the West, so early booking is recommended!

Facilitators: Vivian Gladwell and Jaya Hartlein.


Course fee: £365. There is a reduction of £40 for the first 3 bookings.

The price includes:

  • Course fee
  • Pick-up from Mumbai airport on the morning of 5th September (flights from UK usually arrive in the morning)
  • Drive to the venue
  • Accommodation in simple but comfortable, single or shared rooms
  • All meals (vegetarian food)
  • Drive back to airport (if required) on 11th September to arrive around 5 pm (flights to UK are usually in the evening).

To confirm your place on the course, please pay a deposit of £150 – this is nonrefundable unless someone to replace you can be found.

Click here to apply for the course

Click here to pay your deposit for the course.

The flight to Mumbai is at your own expense. It is likely to cost between £400-£450 for a return flight from London. Cheap fares are easier to get when booking early.

Mumbai also is not far from Goa where one could plan a beach holiday after or before
the course.