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


Friday- Sunday 19th-21st July 2024

Begins Friday 6pm- Ends Sunday after Lunch


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.


Workshop fee:

Jon Davison Workshop, accomodation and full board.

First day starting evening, last day finishing at lunch.



  • Shuttle from and to Bus to Schleswig Station arrival/depature

  • Continental breakfast/daily organic main meal/evening meal

  • Refreshments 


Individual arrival from 5pm, latest 6pm on Friday 19th July

Departure Sunday, 21st July after lunch


Facilitator: Jon Davison

Language: Englisch 

Venue: Klöndeel Begegnungsstätte e.V.

             Noorweg 15

             24857 Loopstedt


Participants: minimun 10, maximum 14


Platz 1 single room "Schmetterling", workshop fee €455

Platz 2 single room "Krähe" workshop fee €455

Platz 3 single room "Specht" workshop fee €455

Platz 4 single room "Marienkäfer" workshop fee €455

Platz 5 triple room en-suite "Fledermaus" workshop fee €455  

Platz 6  triple room en-suite "Fledermaus" workshop fee €455 

Platz 7  triple room en-suite "Fledermaus" workshop fee €455 

Platz 8 twin room "Maulwurf"  workshop fee €440 

Platz 9 twin room "Maulwurf"  workshop fee €440

Platz 10 twin room "Igel"  workshop fee €440

Platz 11 twin room "Igel"  workshop fee €440

Platz 12 triple room  "Maus" workshop fee €430

Platz 13 triple room  "Maus"  workshop fee €430 

Platz 14 triple room  "Maus"  workshop fee €430 -booked!


When you book, you will receive an invoice from Jon Davison for the workshop fee, including accommodation/full board. 


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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 three books, Clown: Readings in Theatre Practice (2013) and Clown Training - a practical guide (2015), both with Palgrave Macmillan. The most recent book, Clowning Workbook, was published in 2023.






orga/cooking for you this weekend....


Angela Hopkins

a clown (La) , trained as facilitator with NosetoNose in London. Angela founded and runs hopkins / workshop for clown research, clowning workshops and further education courses throughout Germany and internationally.

Born in Bristol (UK), raised both in the UK and in Germany, shy by nature, mother of four, co-founder of a holistic farm for youth with special needs, Waldorf English teacher and project manager, Scottish touring cook, and clowning facilitator. The common threads in every aspect of her life are play, playfulness and joy.

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