Holding the Centre in the Storm - ONLINE

Tuesday 30 June 9am - 4pm

We will meet online every Tuesday on: 30th June, 7th July, 14th July, 21st July and 28th July.

There will be two sessions each day morning: 9h to 10h30 – afternoon: 14h30 – 16h

Course fee: 395 GBP* to be paid from the first session

*Approximately 50% of the proceeds from this course will be used to support the Emerson Transition Fund.

For more information or questions please email Vivian: mail@nosetonose.info

Join Vivian Gladwell and Ashley Ramsden for a playful (and chaotic) exploration, through clowning and storytelling, of this moment in history.

“In the Beginning there was chaos”

Such is the opening of many creation myths. We are living in a mythic time, a time of re-creation, a time when we have more time on our hands than we’ve ever had, a time when we will either reshape how we live or be shaped by outer circumstances. Whose voices are you listening to? Whose thoughts are you thinking? How are you holding your centre? Both storytelling and clowning have practices and wisdom to offer.If the storyteller holds the patterns for the past and the promises of the future, clowns are always at the beginning, knowing nothing and everything, creating the world out of whatever comes their way.How can both these archetypes honour, challenge and re-invent the world around us ?


The course will run on Tuesdays: every Tuesday over 5 weeks will consist of 2 sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). Each session will have different themes exploring particular aspects of clowning and storytelling. There will be open discussions and practical tasks which will be done in small groups and reviewed in a larger group. Every Tuesday will end with a project to be done in pairs for the following week. We will also give you links to the different materials (films, texts etc.) that we will be working with.Our hope for this work together will be to playfully offer you practices to stay more present for whatever these times may bring. It might also empower you to do your own projects and (either individually or collaboratively) to devise a clown or storytelling performance, applying different aspects of these art forms in your work or personal life.

No previous experience in either storytelling or clowning necessary.

Facilitators: Vivian Gladwell and Ashley Ramsden

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Vivian Gladwell
Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)
He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.

Ashley Ramsden
Ashley Ramsden is the founding director of the School of Storytelling, the longest established centre of its kind in the United Kingdom.
He has toured with his remarkable storytelling programmes on all five continents, has appeared at major storytelling festivals in the UK, South Africa, Scandinavia and America.
He is as much at home telling in the Sydney Opera House or alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as he is in your front room. Ashley’s unique methods of teaching voice and the skills of the storyteller have received international acclaim.