Short Courses

Weekends, weeks, introductory, training, devising, dirrecting numbers and social clowning

Course dates

New Year Clown Course

 

You can come for two days: 28, 29 Dec, arrival on the eve of 27th

Cost: €150 – Discount price €135 paying before end of October

Or four: 28, 29, 30, 31 with possibility of spending New Year’s Eve here

Cost €250 – Discount price €220 paying before end of October

Email: escoladeclown@gmail.com

Tel./WhatsApp: +34 693972230

Come and spend some days in the company of fellow clown-lovers. As well as laughing at ourselves and each other in clown class, we will share living, cooking, eating and playing in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Cal Clown in the middle of nature. A unique collaborative experience, where play and work merge!

Arrival: 8pm at Figueres train station the evening before the course

The cost of meals is the students’ responsibility

Places limited to 16 students.

 

"Clara is an excellent coach … her approach was very personalised and made us understand and value our own strength and possibilities" (Marie-Claire, student at Cal Clown, 2019)

One-Week Course in November 2019

Cost: €280 per week

Week 1: 4th-10th November

How To Become The Clown You Already Are

Introductory Week

Rediscover your pleasure in playing, and reconnect with your innocence. Loved by the audience, it´s then when our Clowns are born, when we consciously give ourselves the freedom to be who we are, perfect in our imperfection, beautiful in our naivety and clumsiness. You will learn the formulas of Clown and Humour. We will do at least one trip out to practise with audience, in the street or a centre.

We will start from zero, from the foundations of the Clown. We will rediscover our pleasure in playing, and we will reconnect with our innocence. From that place we will realise that, as we are not hiding anything, as we are innocent like children, we are loved by the audience. It´s then when our Clowns are born, when we consciously give ourselves the freedom to be who we are, perfect in our imperfection, beautiful in our naivety and clumsiness.

You will live a Clown birth in the middle of Nature.

We will go to Figueres with our Clowns to make new friends ;-)

We will watch films and our own videos of class and the street.

What makes us funny, which are the necessary elements to be a good clown and which is the secret formula of the clown to always have success.

We will work on the fundamentals of Clown:

Pleasure. The pleasure we have in play, in being alive. How to recognise it and maintain it, what happens when you lose it and what to do then.

The Flop. What it is exactly. What happens when the Flop comes and what to do then.

The trick to having certain success. How it works and why, if you do it well, it is impossible to fail in Clown.

Innocence. Redefining this concept, and becoming aware of why it is vital for the Clown, and which results we can achieve by being more innocent.

This Clown Course is suitable for either absolute beginners or more experienced Clowns.

Week 2: 11th-17th November

How To Become The Clown You Already Are

Training Week

Find and accept your failure and use your own ridiculousness in your favour: flop and laugh at yourself and you will make others laugh! Admire each other for our stupidity and together make fools of ourselves. You will learn and apply the formula for Success in Clowning, and we shall begin to select material for your numbers. We shall do at least one performance outside of the school.

 

Week 3: 18th-24th November

What Can Your Clown Do?

Creating Week

Explore how to generate varied material for your Clown, using your abilities and inabilities! Find what suits you best: emotions, monologues, actions, characters and, especially, the knowledge of how to generate new ideas and numbers for yourself in the future, and how to make a number work. Improve your creative capacity, your criteria and your understanding of humour! We shall do at least one performance outside of the school.

Week 4: 25th-30th November

What Can Your Clown Do?

Directing Clown Numbers

Create your own solo numbers, as well as some together with other students. Perform numbers in venues outside of Cal Clown, on a minimum of 2 occasions during the course. You will receive constant guidance and direction for your work, and in order to be able to work in the future, you will have videos of your rehearsals and performances to take away and to continue working after the course.

Come and spend some days in the company of fellow clown-lovers. As well as laughing at ourselves and each other in clown class, we will share living, cooking, eating and playing in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Cal Clown in the middle of nature. A unique collaborative experience, where play and work merge!

Taught by Clara Cenoz:

Clara Cenoz has been a Clown since 1993 and a teacher for 15 years. She has been director of the Escola de Clown de Barcelona since 2006. During that time she has helped hundreds of students from all over the world to encounter the Clown and to create unique and personalised numbers.

She has performed and written 7 shows for adults and 4 for children, touring festivals, theatres, streets, tents and bars throughout Europe. She trained at École Philippe Gaulier. Now, in addition to running the School, she offers Clown courses and directing and online.

A course at Cal Clown is a complete experience where Nature will aid in freeing your Clown, and where living together with other Clowns will intensify the experience and accelerate your learning.

 

More info and enrolment: escoladeclown@gmail.com and +34 693972230 (tel. or WhatsApp)

Price includes: Classes, accommodation, trips to perform; use of tent and use of facilities at Cal Clown.

Price does not include: food

The food and its cost are the students’ responsibility. Students will be responsible for deciding shopping lists as a group and doing the shopping, which will be organised by the school and using the minimum amount of time as possible out of class, or done after street exercises.

The cost of the food will depend on the students’ choices, but if done wisely should not be much (please remember the food at Cal Clown is always vegetarian).

Please read general course conditions before enrolling

Clown courses at Cal Clown for all

“There is nothing like Clowning to remind us that life, no matter how difficult it may seem, is always a game, and that we can keep the spirit of playing alive if we live our life fully, and then learn to let go and reconnect with Joy. Joy is always there for us, regardless of the circumstances, it´s what we are made of, it´s what Clowns “are”. When a person learns this, not only their life changes but they can offer this Joy to others.“ (Clara Cenoz)

For those who do not intend to dedicate themselves professionally to Clown, the short course constitutes a very enriching experience as well as serving to liberate prejudices and fears, leading to greater self-awareness and self-acceptance.

We will put on a red nose in order to remove our masks, to be re-born as clowns. We will admire each other for our stupidity and together will make fools of ourselves, enjoying the healthy craziness and innocence of the clown. We will work on the next concepts in practice: pleasure, flop, emptiness, the “not knowing”, the simplicity of the mental process of the Clown. We will explore, investigate and demonstrate what is it really that makes us funny, and what aspects we need to develop in our Clowns to make them work. We will understand the simple but effective formula to always have success as Clowns.

 

A workshop aimed at those who want to discover or continue searching for their clown, for those who want to be freer, to accept themselves completely and to take full responsibility for their whole being, in order to be better Clowns. It could be a transforming and enlightening experience, and for sure a very fun and enriching time. 

 

At Cal Clown we work on Clown in depth and rigorously, expecting from students commitment, passion and dedication, which is the only way, we believe, to achieve all the benefits of this profession/state of being, whether professionally or as a spiritual path. Making people laugh through Love is a serious business, in our opinion. 

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