Event Details

  • When: Friday, 15 May 2020
  • Dates:  Fri 15th to Sun 17th May 2020

    The course begins on Friday – 18.15 (with supper)
    Ends Sunday - 14.00

    Tuition Fee:  £160*

    Deposit: £80 non-returnable deposit secures your place.

    *For prices for on-campus accomodation options and delicious biodynamic meals click the 'BOOK STAY' link below.



    Booking your place on this course and your stay at Emerson are two separate steps and payments:


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WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Clown & The Apocalypse

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Clown & The Apocalypse

A weekend of exploring the world of storytelling through the eyes of the clown with Wim Wolbrink and Vivian Gladwell.

There are no small stories for the clown. Stories abound and reveal themselves to us when we begin to commit fully and playfully to whoever or whatever we meet in the world. By cultivating a deep trust that nothing is too small or insignificant we begin the journey into discovering stories.

The course is not about learning stories – rather it is about discovering stories through improvisation. We welcome those with or without previous experience of storytelling or clowning.

For more information about our way of teaching clowning and our style of work you can read the website articles.

The group is limited to 12


Wim Wolbrink

Wim Wolbrink

Wim teaches storytelling at the University of Twente, with Amnesty International and other organizations. He is a member of the board of the Dutch Foundation of Storytelling who aims to create a culture of storytelling in the Netherlands.


Vivian Gladwell

Vivian  frame

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.