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SHORT COURSE: Clown and Creative Dance

SHORT COURSE: Clown and Creative Dance

A five-day Clown Improvisation and Creative Dance workshop with Ali Stockford and Griff Goehring, to wake up our movement imagination and discover the clown in motion. .

Do you feel a bit off balance? Do you bump into yourself? Do you trip over your own feet? How can we trust the messages our body is sending? When we notice and become curious of our own movements: a tapping foot, a yawn, a stretch, a gesture, a rhythm, we begin our personal journey into play and authentic discovery.

THROUGH Clowning
We connect to our playful spirit. We develop and sustain in ourselves and each other the courage to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves. We befriend the fears that block us from being fully present in the here and now. The path of the Clown is simple, vulnerable and naive reminding us to dance lightly through life.

ABOUT Clowning

Clowning is a state of playfulness that brings us to experience a child-like, naïve and vulnerable state of being. Paradoxically we grow, learn and are strengthened through reconnecting playfully with what makes us most vulnerable. This approach to clowning is not a technique (tricks, gags and routines) but a personal journey towards finding one’s own unique way of being a clown, by listening and being receptive, essential skills for any creative and imaginative expression. It is only when we let go our control over things that we begin to be surprised by the depth of what reveals itself to us.

THROUGH Mettler based Dance Improvisation
We find the freedom to use our natural creative resources in Dance. As we become aware of the inner impulse that guides the initiation and completion of each movement we make, we develop understanding of organic form. We learn to let the Dance grow out of itself. As we discover our unique abilities for movement expression through Dance improvisations we aim to experience an inclusive creative community that celebrates the individual and taps the power of group unity.

Believing that Dance is a basic human need, Barbara Mettler (1907 – 2002) explored new approaches to both the body as instrument and movement as the material of the Dance. Her way of working emphasised individual and group Improvisation as a means of cultivating the natural, creative movement resources which are in everyone. Mettler’s pioneering research, exploration and practice of large group Dance Improvisation is recognised as a ground breaking and unique contribution to contemporary Dance.


Alison Stockford

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Alison participated in her first Nose to Nose workshop in 2000 and fell in love with the work. Many workshops later and she is now a trained facilitator with Nose To Nose. She holds this work in high esteem as a perfect grounding for all creative work and the bigger picture of trusting ourselves and life.Alison is a qualified and experienced teacher of 23 years. She teaches and has taught Drama and Performing Arts in mainstream, special and older peoples settings.

Alison is an experienced performer. She has worked in café-théâtre with Les Amuses Gueules in Lille, France, Street Theatre and Theatre in Education with Inside Out Theatre Company, Hastings. Alison speaks both English and French.


Griff Goehring



Griff has taught creative dance since 1972. She was a member of Barbara Mettler’s professional groups and served as Mettler’s teaching assistant in the late 1970s & early 1980s. She led her own performance groups from 2009- 2013 with support from Mettler Studios in order to explore the relationship between creative process and performance. Griff is an adjunct professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. She co-teaches Mettler Studios’ Teacher Training Workshops with Mary Ann Brehm.