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Boulder International Clown Training 2018: CLOWN'S LIFE

28 July, 2018  → 14 August, 2018 - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Boulder Advanced Workshop 2014



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, considered as an Non-Ordinary State of deep creativity. The work starts with 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 deepens the clown state and allows a profound connection with the core movement patterns of each person. This leads 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 direct and naïve approach to the world. The fluidity of contact with reality triggers the poetic flow.

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 a variety of scenes emerged from the exploration. The final step of the workshop will be a public performance of the devised acts.
The last two days of the class, after the perfomance, are dedicated to the integration of the work and the exploration of various ways to bring the clown work on stage, with and without red nose, and in life.




Boulder Red Nose 2010    



- Movement Analysis and Core Physical Patterns
- The Neutral Mask
- From the neutral state to the comic state: movement analysis of the body in space
- The Red Nose as a mask: amplification and articulation of movement
- The clown as an altered state of perception
- The poetic space and the non-intentional mind
- Amplification of movements, patterns, emotions, clown relationships
- The Clown's Voice: breath, resonation, emotion, words


- Writing from the Emotional body of the actor
- Emotionl awareness and Poetic awareness
- Exploring life through the eyes of clowns: power and hierarchy, love and relationships, the stages of lifes, illness and death, education and mental health, politics and spiritual awakenings...

- Devising of Clown monologues and acts based on the previous improvisations
- Staging and directing clowns: each clown will work and rework on some acts to be presented in a public performance
- Public presentation of a Clown's Life Performance, devised by the participants under the direction of Giovanni Fusetti
- Feedback on the performance.
- The clown as a comic archetype: all participants play each other's clown characters
- Feedback on the whole process and integration of the work: perspectives on the development of the red nose state on stage and in life.


International Red Nose Training, Kristiansand, Norway, 2008 



JULY 28th to AUGUST 14th, 2018

General Schedule:
Saturday July 28th: 3 to 9pm
Sunday 29th: 3 to 9pm
Monday 30th: 12 to 6pm
Tuesday 31st: 3 to 9pm
Wednesday August 1st: 3 to 9pm
Thursday 2nd: Day OFF

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th: 3 to 9pm
Monday 6th: 12 to 6pm
Tuesday 7th: 2 to 9pm
Wednesday 8th: Day OFF

Thursday 9th, Friday 10th: 3 to 9pm
Saturday 11th, 12 to 9pm
Sunday 12th: 10 to 6pm and 7:30pm to 10:00 pm. Publc Performance at 8pm at the Boulder Circus Center.
Monday 13th: 12 to 6pm
Tuesday 14th: 1 to 7pm

Please note that the workshop is a pedagogic continuum so it is not possible to attend it only in parts.


The Boulder Circus Center
4747 26th Street
Boulder, 80301, Boulder, Colorado, USA.





Joan Mirò: The Smile of the Flamboyant Wings, 1953

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 heart. Whatever is the state of the actor's heart, the clown's heart is always open. 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.

Please note that this workshop requires previous participation in a RED NOSE training with Giovanni Fusetti.
Priority will be given to those who have attended the long trainings, either in the format of the three or four weeks, or as a part of longer training programs (KIKLOS, HELIKOS, LISPA, NAROPA).

This is not just a theatre workshop. If you are only interested in the technical/theatrical aspect of clown and physical comedy, this might not be the work you are looking for.  Please read the attached document by Giovanni, as well as Giovanni's bio and the page my roots, to learn more about the ingredients of his approach to clown and theatre.

To apply to the training 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 12 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.

Enrolments on MAY 15th:  1 spot is still available.

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


Helikos, 2012 e 2013



Early bird registration: US$ 1.500: if full payment is sent by May 1st, 2018
Full price: US$ 1.700

A reduction in tuition fees  is available for participants who enroll in both workshops. (THE RED NOSE + CLOW'S LIFE).
Early bird registration for both: US$ 3.000, if full payment is sent by May 1st, 2018.
Full price for both: US$ 3.400

Partipants who attend THE RED NOSE in Boulder and at the end of the training wish 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.

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.


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


Helikos School 2013



For any question regarding the pedagogical content of the workshop and if you are interested in attending the workshop please send your application to

For any practical information about enrolement, payment and your staying in Boulder, please contact 


Boulder Red Nose 2010


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