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14 August, 2016  → 19 August, 2016 - Boulder, Colorado



A unique event celebrating the art of teaching Red Nose Clown
exploring its roots in
Physical Comedy,
Mask Theatre
and Somatic Psychology


A Seminar

: welcome to a new format


A WORKSHOP is essentially a practical exploration of an art. The focus is on the active practice, there is very little theory and it is always related to the unfolding of the exercises. 

In a SEMINAR the focus is on the THEORY that stands behind a practice. It is mainly a space of reflection and intellectual elaboration:  it creates a space of discussion, analysis, examples, questions and synthesis. It gives food for the mind, references, history of ideas, articulation of principles. 

Etymology tells us that the word theory means something you observe, a spectacle, and it has the same root of the word theatre. A theory is a choreography of ideas and principles. An intellectual perfomance to attend and enjoy.

This seminar will include different ingredients:

- Lectures on pedagogic theory
- Core exercises
- Pedagogic analysis of core exercises
- Discussion on the questions from the participants


 Helikos 2013. Credit: Stefano Borghi

The Theoretical contents of the Seminar


- Jacques Lecoq: The Clown as a Mask of the personal comedy
- Gestalt: The Clown as the amplification of a form emerging
- Reichian Analysis and Bionergetics: The clown as a somatic character

- Process Work:  the Clown as an Altered State

- Pedagogic analysis of different approaches to clown:
     State Based Clown
     Action Based Clown: slapstick, absurd, eccentric, gags
     Skilled Based Clown
    "Be Funny" Clown
     Grotesque Clown and the edge with Bouffon

- The Teacher as a process facilitator, and his different tools.
    Positive and Negative Feedback, Support, Provocation, "Via Negativa"
    Pedagogue or Director ?

    Teaching and playing at the edge between the Personal and the Poetic

 - Pedagogic analysis of the core steps of the Red Nose Process in Giovanni's practice.
     From the neutral state to the comic state: movement analysis of the body in space
     The Red Nose as a mask: mask take, amplification and articulation of movement
     The clown state as an Altered State
     The entrance
     Emotional presence: awareness and contact with the emotional body of the actor

     The role of the Monsieur Loyal
     The relationship among clowns: hierarchy, masters and servants, levels of stupidity

     Clown Archetypes
     Clown acts and le bide (fiasco)
     Rhythmical space and time: entrance, crescendo, development of themes, climax and exit
     Devising of Clown Acts



August 14th  to August 19th, 2016 

Sunday 14th: 9:00am to 6pm
Monday 15th
: 9:30am to 6pm

Tuesday 16th
: 10:30am to 7pm

Wednesday 17th
: 9:30am to 6pm

Thursday 18th
: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Friday 19th: 9:30 to 6pm. Followed by a Dinner Party

The location of the workshop is the Boulder Circus Center



Helikos 2012. Credit: Stefano Borghi


The aim of this seminar is to explore the foundations of Giovanni's pedagogy of Clown from the perspective of the teacher. It is addressed to those who have already studied Red Nose Clown with Giovanni and are active teachers, and who wish to explore the theoretical ingredients of this work, as well as to develope their own teaching perspective.

Please read the page on Giovanni's Pedagogy as well as Giovanni's bio and the page My roots, to review the essence of his approach to clown and theatre.




There is no application form. 
To apply to the Seminar please email
 a letter of motivation sharing the essence of your story, vision, dream, desire, fear or un-explicable intuition that leads you to this seminar. Please include in your letter your experience teaching clown, and for what purpose you apply for this seminar. 

Giovanni will contact you after receiving the application. 

Once accepted, to confirm the enrollment, a deposit of 200 US$ is due.
 Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.


Early Bird Discount: US$ 450, if tuition is fully paid by July 1st, 2016.
Full Price: US$ 550.

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.

A limited number of WORK-EXCHANGE options is available. A reduction of the tuition will be offered in exchange for the following works:

-Transcription of the recordings of the classes
-Video recording of the seminar

-Video editing

If interested please contact Giovanni.



The workshop will be taught in ENGLISH




For any question regarding the pedagogical content and if you are interested in attending the seminar, please send your application to Giovanni Fusetti

giovanni.fusetti  @  helikos.com


See you in Boulder, Colorado !


There are as many clowns as there are human beings.
There is one way to stand while there are infinite ways to fall.
Intelligence is limited. Stupidity is infinite.

Giovanni Fusetti 


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