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Boulder International Clown Training 2014: CLOWN'S LIFE

22 September, 2014  → 9 October, 2014 - Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Advanced Workshop 2008



This workshop is an in-depth exploration of the poetic world of Clown, an archetypal comic space for the actor-creator and a key step in the journey of movement based 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 this Mask will deepen the clown state and will allow a profound connection with the core movement patterns of each person. This will lead to the unfolding of a unique clown, with a peculiar state of perception of reality.
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 a 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.

Once the individual clowns have emerged, the journey of the workshop will guide them to the exploration of themes of everyday life, like love and relationships, illness and death, power and hierarchy, social conventions and institutions such as education, politics and health care... The final step will be the approach to poetic writing and each actor will work on a clown monologue and on clown scenes. The final step of the workshop will be a performance of the devised acts of the clowns, presented to an invited audience.




Boulder Red Nose 2010: Credit: Jen Hyde





SEPTEMBER 22nd to OCTOBER 9th, 2014

General Schedule:
Monday 22nd: 12 to 6pm
Tuesday 23rd
Wednesday 24th: 12 to 6pm
Thursday 25th: 3 to 9 pm
Friday 26th: 2 to 8pm
Saturday 27th, 10am to 4pm.
Sunday 28th: Day OFF
     Monday 29th: 12 to 6pm
     Tuesday 30th: 3 to 9pm
     Wednesday 1st: 12 to 6pm
     Thursday 2 to Friday 3rd: 3 – 9 pm
     Saturday 4th, 10am to 4pm
     Sunday 5th: Day OFF
         Monday October 6th: 12 to 6pm
         Tuesday October 7th: 10 to 6pm
         Wednesday October 8th: 10 to 4pm and 8pm to 10:30 pm (Performance)
         Thursday, October 9th: 12 to 4pm: closing


The location of the workshop is the Boulder Circus Center





Pablo Picasso: Don Quixote, 1955

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  RED NOSE training, with Giovanni Fusetti, at:

- KIKLOS School in Padova
- HELIKOS School in Florence
- Naropa University, Second Year MFA, 2003
- London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2005 and 2006
- Boulder Circus Center – The Red Nose Workshop, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

The Red Nose Workshop, Minneapolis, USA, 2007
- International Clown School, Norway, Kristiansand 2007 and 2008.

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

To apply to CLOWN'S LIFE, please email a letter of motivation. 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.

Once Giovanni has selected 14 students, the workshop is full, and a waiting list will be created.  Please note that this workshop tends to fill up fairly quickly so if you intend to participate, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

To confirm the enrollment, a deposit of US$500 is due. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.





Helikos, 2012 e 2013. Credit: Stefano Borghi


Full price: US$ 1.500.

A reduction in tuition fees  is available for participants who enroll in both workshops. (THE RED NOSE + CLOWN'S LIFE).
Early bird  discount for both: US$ 3.000 if full payment is received after June 15th, 2014
Full price for both: US$ 3.300

Partipants who attend The Red Nose Workshop and then decide to join the Advanced Training, will have a discount rate of US$ 1.300. This option will be possible only if there are spots still available.

A reduction in tuition fees  ( is available for participants who enroll in both workshops. (THE RED NOSE + CLOWN'S LIFE). To receive this discount, the full payment must be received by June 15 st.

ATTENTION: our administration is in Euros, so if you pay in US$ bank will make the conversion. Unfortunately, most bank hide an extra transfer fee, by applying a different exchage rate then the current one. In order to avoid exchange fees on both sides of the transfer, you can make the payment directly in Euros.  Check online the exchange rate of that day (www.xe.com), and then you wire that amount in Euros. If in doubt contact us.

Please note that tuition does not include accommodation and that participants will be responsible for organizing their staying in Boulder. Upon request, we can  provide a list of useful information and contacts on how to organize your staying in the beautiful Boulder.




Giovanni will choose students from the applications received, forming the two workshops class rosters.  Once he has selected 14 students for the Red Nose, and 14 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.


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.


Boulder Red Nose 2008. Credit:Younger



For any question regarding the pedagogical content of the workshop please contact:


 Giovanni Fusetti 

giovanni.fusetti  @  helikos.com


If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send applications to

Teresa Scaletti

teresa.scaletti  @  helikos.com


Joan Mirò: The Red Sun, 1972


Design & programming : DomRadisson.net