Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 01 July 2018

     Dates: Sun 1st to Fri 6th July

    Times: The course begins on Sunday at 6.15pm (with supper)
    Ends Friday after lunch at 2pm

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex

    Course Fee: £375

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SHORT COURSE: The Courage To Be - Clown Level 1

SHORT COURSE: The Courage To Be - Clown Level 1

Want an introduction to clowning?  Join Vivian Gladwell and Jessica Hernandez for a 6-day residential introductory course.

The word “courage” comes from a root that means “heart.” Through clowning and connecting to our playful spirit we can develop and sustain, in ourselves and each other, the heart to be who we truly are, to trust life and ourselves. “Taking heart” is a profoundly inward process, and an invitation for overcoming the fears that block us from being fully present in the “Here and Now.” This course establishes the ground for all our work and is an essential first step before going on to more advanced courses.

The group is limited to 12

This course is also available over a number of weekends, please visit the Nose to Nose webpage.

Vivian Gladwell

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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.


Jessica Hernandez

Born in 1981 Jessica grew up in Luxembourg. Studied Speech and Drama at the Goetheanum, Dornach (Switzerland) and at Artemis School of Speech and Drama, East Grinstead (West Sussex). She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, Swiss German and Luxembourgish. She lives in England and works as an actress and drama teacher / workshop facilitator. Her work frequently takes her to Scotland, Switzerland and Luxembourg. She has worked with Special Needs.