This clowning course is lead and taught by Bruno Zühlke. It is intended to give all interested parties a deeper insight into the world of the clown. The focus is on each participant discovering and developing their own, individual clown. Using personal characteristics as a starting point, each participant will journey looking for the comic and strange sides of their person, their own clown. Each individual's own language, way of moving, voice, strengths and weaknesses are points to orientate us on this quest.

Participants get to know and experience the most important principles of clownesque play and performance: in doing this, the focus is on how we deal with failure as the basis for the clown's actions. Moreover, we tackle questions such as: what does it mean to stand on stage as a clown in front of an audience? And – how can I make people laugh or cry? Answering these questions leads into the issues of: authentic play and performance, wakefulness and (stage) presence, and to the questions of your own individual originality, and the comic and tragic aspects of your personality. This journey into your own clown is based on improvisation. Participants get to know and practice the basics of improvisation in theater. Working on your own clown 'figure' in combination with clowning and slapstick techniques build from this improvisation work. To round things off, the whole process concludes in a public performance.

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The clown education program is aimed at people who have already gathered initial experiences in clowning. The course's contents are particularly suited for use in an individual's own artistic and/or educational/therapeutic work. Applicants who have not yet taken part in a clowning course with Bruno Zühlke will be invited to a personal interview before a final decision about participation can be reached.


The program is divided up into 4 modules. The first 3 modules each last 4 days, while the final module lasts 9 days. Course times are always on the first day from 6 to 9 pm, on all other days from 9.15am-12.30 pm / 3-6 pm, and on the final day from 9.15am-12.30pm. In total, the program consists of 210 teaching hours.


Each participant receives a certificate including contents at the end of the program. Jojo-Center is one of the educational institutes recommended by the German Association of Theater Educators (Bundesverband der Theaterpädagogen) in their list of such institutions.


Bruno Zühlke, Assistant: Maria Dunst


Oberspitzenbach near Freiburg/Brsg, south-west Germany.

Abschluss Clown 2014 Internet

The individual modules

Module 1: Clownesque play and performance. Wednesday until Sunday, April 3-7, 2019

In this first section of our clown course, we will dig down into the fundamentals of clownesque play: joy in play, presence on the stage, wakefulness, and relating with the audience. And we will be dealing with these questions: how can I, as clown, make people laugh or cry? On top of that, we'll be working with the phenomena of fiascos – or rather, playful ways of dealing with disaster.

Module 2: The clown and improvisation. Wednesday until Sunday, June 6-10, 2019

It is through improvisation that the clown discovers her/himself and the world. S/he encounters life in an open and unprejudiced way. And it's in this module that we learn the basics of clownesque improvisation. Which opens doors to an infinite number of new ideas and stories. Free improvisation facilitates moments of creativity for us.

Module 3: The clownesque figure and the object. Wednesday until Sunday, 10-14 July, 2019    

We develop the clownish figure step-for-step using each individual's own way of moving. We find out which idiosyncrasies this figure has, its comic side and its tragic side. The figure's originality becomes clearer in the process of relating to objects. Clowning and slapstick techniques broaden our performance repertoire.

Module 4: The Clown and the stage. Saturday and Sunday, August 10-18, 2019

The participants develop their own clown theater production out of their experiences in the education program. This then climaxes in a public performance at the end of the week. Starting with the initial idea, developing through improvisations and training, until these processes bear fruit in individual numbers/scenes: these steps will be worked through together. Solo, duo and group 'numbers' are all elements of this production.

Course spaces: maximum 12 course spaces

BOOKING INDIVIDUAL MODULES: if spaces are free, then individual modules can also be booked.


Course fee €1900. Reduced €1750.

Course fee for individual modules: €390. Reduced: €360.

Four-day /

concluding module: €730. Reduced: €670.

It is possible to pay in installments.


The first payment due is a down-payment of €400 (reduced: €250), followed by 5 monthly installments of €300. (From April 2019 up to / including August 2019)


one single payment at the start of the program, to the sum of €1800 (reduced: €1650). This is €100 less than the full price. Payment for meals and accommodation will be calculated at the end of each module.


If required, we're happy to offer half-board of full-board to the participants at a cost of €20 per day for full board.


We offer simple accommodation in our house, at a cost of €10 per night, or, in summer, in tents on the meadow at a cost of €4 per night. There are also holiday flats and single rooms in the immediate neighborhood. We can help you find accommodation. Prices on request.


The selection of participants for the group took place in January 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered, if spaces are still free.

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