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fundamental dynamics of clowning- the pleasure of laughter -Jon Davison


Monday- Thursday 20th-23rd June 2022

10-17 Uhr 


This workshop dives into the fundamental dynamics of clowning, how to make yourself and your friends look stupid so we will love and laugh at you. How to celebrate being an object of laughter.


Converting our habitual fear of ridicule into the pleasure of laughing at ourselves, we can use it to make others laugh and experience the freedom clowning. How do clowns do what they do, how does your stupidity make you a success, and how does the unthinkably ridiculous come about?


When you really look, most things are ridiculous: our bodies, our movements, our ideas, our emotions, our words, our relationships, the universe. The only aim in clowning is to turn failure into success, fear into laughter, suffering into joy. We don’t need to change ourselves, just look at everything from another perspective. It’s a human thing to do, so anyone can do it.


Clowning is sometimes shrouded in mystery but in reality it's a very simple mode of performance. This workshop uses simple exercises rooted in laughter response in order to access clowning in the most direct manner possible.


Jon Davison

Jon Davison has been a clown performer, teacher, director and writer for the last 40 years. He has performed at festivals, theatres, tents, streets and bars throughout Europe, and taught worldwide. Pre-pandemic he was the producer of the long-running monthly clown theatre show ‘Friday Flop’. He is currently working on a new solo show drawing on pre-modern European traditions of carnival.


He taught clown, improvisation and acting at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona from 1996-2006, when he became a co-founder of the Escola de Clown de Barcelona. From 2007-2010 he was a Research Fellow investigating contemporary clown/actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he obtained his PhD in Clown Performance Practice. He is now Lecturer in Clowning at London Metropolitan University. He has pioneered research and teaching of clown history and theory via his online Clown Studies Course and is now collaborating on an international research project exploring the decolonisation of clown pedagogy.


He has published two books, Clown: Readings in Theatre Practice (2013) and Clown Training - a practical guide (2015), both with Palgrave Macmillan. His third book, The Clowning Workbook, is to be published in 2022.


Clown Hang Out with Jon Davison 

Wednesday evening 22nd June from 7pm for all participants, including Jon`s previous Potsdam workshop.

Conversations accompanied by pasta and wine (contributions welcome)


Facilitator: Jon Davison

Language: Englisch

Venue: remise/werkstatt für clownforschung

Participants: 12


          Early Bird Spaces 1-6  €300

          Spaces 6-12                 €360




The course will take place when at least 8 participants have signed up. If the course is cancelled due to COVID restrictions, your payment will be refunded in full.


Should you wish to cancel your booking, your course fee will be reimbursed, if a replacement participant is found for your spot. The course will take place when at least 8 participants have signed up. If the course is cancelled, your payment will be refunded in full.

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