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Boulder International Clown School 2009: CLOWN'S LIFE

25 August, 2009  → 6 September, 2009 - Boulder, Colorado, USA


This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the poetic potential of the Clown, considered as an archetypal comic space for the actor and a key step in the journey of movement theatre.

This advanced workshop will go into the depth of the clown state, through the analysis of the physical and emotional world of the actor, as revealed by her or his natural body with the help of the Neutral Mask. The use of the Mask will deepen the clown state and will allow a profound connection with the core movements of each person. This will lead to the discovery of a unique clown, with a peculiar state of perception of reality. Once the Clowns are re-born, the journey of the workshop will lead them to the exploration of everyday life. The poetical power of the clown is based on an extreme emotional openness and vulnerability, a vivid articulation of the present moment, and a very naïve approach to the world.

The Clown is poetic transposition of the actor’s most intimate space.
As the neutral mask is the mask of humanity, the red nose is the humanity of the mask.

In the process of the workshop, the clowns will be guided to explore themes like love and relationships, illness and death, power and hierarchy, social conventions and institutions like education, politics and health care. The final step will be the approach to poetic writing and each actor will work on a monologue and on clown scenes, which will be presented to an invited audience, in a deviced performance that will be the final step of the workshop.



AUGUST 25th to SEPTEMBER 6th, 2008
General Schedule:
Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th, 4 – 10 pm. 
Saturday 29th, 10am to 4pm.
Sunday 30th off
Monday 31st to Friday 4th: 4 – 10 pm.
Saturday 5th, 12 to 8
Sunday 6th: 10 am 4pm and 7 to 9 pm (Performance)
Participants: 10-12


The location of the workshop is the Boulder Circus Center







This workshop proposes an intense emotional work, and requires of participants the pleasure and the commitment to explore the genuine vulnerability and grace that the clown can bring out. It’s about playing from the most truthful heart. We will laugh and cry abundantly and this will make us deeper human beings and better artists. It’s deep fun to be deeply alive.

This workshop requires previous participation in the training THE RED NOSE, with Giovanni Fusetti, at:

- KIKLOS, Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale, between 2000 and 2004
- London International School of the Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2005 and 2006
- Boulder Circus Center – The Red Nose Workshop, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
- International Clown School, Norway, Kristiansand 2007 and 2008.

- The Red Nose, Auckland New Zealand, February 2009.

Giovanni reserves the right to consider an applicant not yet ready for the advanced workshop. In this case, he may suggest the applicant participate again in the Red Nose workshop.

To apply, a letter of motivation must be sent by June 1st, 2009.

Giovanni will choose students from the applications received, forming the group.
If the student's application is accepted, s/he will be given a spot in the class, in the order the application was received.
To confirm the enrollment, a deposit of US$400 is due. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.


Early bird discount: US$ 800 -  if deposit is received by June 1st, 2009
Full price: US$ 950, if deposit is received between June 1st and July 1st, 2009

A reduction in tuition fees  (US$ 1,500) is available for participants who enroll in both workshops. (THE RED NOSE + CLOWN'S LIFE). To receive this discount, the deposit must be received by June 15. After this date the full price for attending both workshops is US$ 1,900.
For participants attending only ONE of the two workshops, and who are traveling from outside North America, a reduction of $150 is available.



Giovanni will choose students from the applications received, forming the two workshops' class rosters.  Once he has selected 12 students for the Red Nose, and 10 students for Clown's Life, the workshops are full, and a waiting list will be created. Please note that these workshops tend to fill up fairly quickly so if you intend to participate, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

 Enrollment situation on July 12th, 2009: The workshop is full and a waiting list has been set up

Both workshops will be taught in ENGLISH. The Red Nose Workshop requires a basic understanding of English. The Advanced Workshops, being based on writing, requires an advanced level of spoken and written English.



For any questions regarding the pedagogical content please contact:

Giovanni Fusetti


If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact

Elizabeth Baron:


Telephone: +1 303-746-2669 (US Mountain Time, GMT-7)


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