Clown and dance


Clown and dance

20th to 29th of July 2016

In the Château of Loisy (near Ermenonville, France)

Run by Fabiola Gonzalez

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Audience: No prerequisites for this course open to anyone who enjoys dancing and ready to laugh at himself.

Fabiola Gonzalez has been practicing clown and dance for many years, her clown dances and her dance thrives on her clown’s spontaneity, freedom and fantasia.

Each of these disciplines has codes of its own but they are rooted both in corporeality, anchorage, mastering rhythm, listening attentively to the sensations and emotions that arise at every moment and in the pleasure of translating them into artistic shapes; As many confluence points between these two practices that will enable each one to enrich the other, to discover accesses and explore a new vocabulary.

Relying primarily on the 5 rhythms dance and on contact-dance, we will focus more on somatic, energetic and relational qualities of the dance movements rather than on a specific technics; drawing attention on breathing, weight, relaxation, changes of rhythm and emotional ranges, going back and forth between internal and external perceptions, between intimate dance and dance offered to the others, between the dance of anger and the dance of gratitude … will be as many boosting practices as preludes to clowning.

We will start with the principle that the clown is an autonomous being, already present inside us. Totally different in appearance, but authentically within us.

Our work will consist of opening up to him by first opening up to the pleasure of being extreme and ridiculous.


The idea is not “to be” a clown, but “to let” the clown be himself.


We’ll meet this character through several steps, including:

  • funny exercises focused on listening, empathy, amplifying emotional states …

  • exercises on rhythm

  • relating to the audience

  • practicing « the flop » and associated vulnerability

  • improvisations, solo or in groups around the concept of emergence: from simple and specific constraints, our strengths and abilities will appear as clearly as our tics and flaws, our clumsiness, our desires, our impulses, our fantasy … everything the clown delights in.

Always looking for his fun, the clown reveals our creative and comic potential, he reconnects us to our ingenuity and to the pleasure of being ourselves in front of the others.

Residential workshop : from the 20th to the 29th of July

A day-off is planned to give you the opportunity to fully enjoy the site

Location: Diocesan spiritual center of Loisy (department of Oise, 7km from Ermenonville)

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The center is located in a wooded park of 15 hectares, surrounded by meadows, forests and ponds on the edge of the forest of Ermenonville.

See on website the access by road and RER from Paris (Shuttle organized by us from the RER station,10 € round-trip)

Course fee: 350 € for registration before the 20th of June, 400 € after this date.

15% discount for unemployed and students.

Accommodation: in the castle

Full board: 365 € in single or double room and 246 € for camping.

Watch out : Number of participants is limited to 16.

Registration deadline on the 1st of July.

Booking: Deposit of 80 € (non-refundable one month before the course) payable to Fabienne Gonzalez.

Information for money transfer :

IBAN : FR20 2004 1000 0113 1562 9M02 036


La Banque Postale 75900 Paris cedex 15

Information and registration : ou 06 13 05 82 79

About Fabiola’s clown work : www.