Student’s Comments Initiation Clown Workshops
Just to say thanks for helping me find what I had inside me, for being as you are, for making us feel… I was moved and it has changed my life. I now know that I need to make people laugh, be a clown, travel the world clowning. This might seem like madness but my body demands it. Just to say that thanks to you I have found what really will satisfy me.
David Monge (Sória) – Graffic designer (actually director of theatre and clown school)
Thanks. The weekend workshop moved me deeply. I didn’t have the faintest clue that this work would grab me so completely, to the point of being completely hooked. Now I have an unwavering objective: to release the restless clown that is within me.
Sebastian Pordomingo (Barcelona) – Computer programmer
At all times you were attentive to each of us, and I know how difficult that can be and the energy needed to make it work. You have helped me bring out my clown. Every day now I look people in the eyes – not just my public but also my friends, family, even strangers in the street. Something has changed in me because I now feel their response. So you’re helping to change the world with those red noses that you give out in your courses.
Alberto Comodin (León) – Actor
I feel so fortunate to have taken this workshop, uncovering the clown in me. I don’t want to hide or lose her, because I need her. I’m really baffled to explain the fun I had while I was in front of all of you, despite the fear and the initial embarrassment that I felt. Being on stage or speaking in front of a group of people has always made me feel embarrassed. I don’t like people looking at me, I prefer to go unnoticed, both on a personal and professional level. I don’t know what the red nose has that makes me really myself. I felt really happy and had such fun, even in front of this group of strangers.
Nuria Rodriguez (Barcelona) – Self employed
To those who read this and are thinking of doing a course with Caroline: Do It! Don’t be afraid to open up. Enjoy yourself as much as you can from the first second onwards! Play, laugh, tire yourself out like a child, recover things that you thought you’d forgotten along the road to growing up. You may be an adult, but don’t forget the things that you enjoyed when you were young, you can enjoy them still. A very special experience.
Julia Lopes (Girona) – Student
A thousand thanks for the course, for the space, for the hug when I broke down, for allowing me to open up, for in turn opening up yourself, for making us live in those two days through a thousand emotions, a thousand smiles, a thousand tendernesses, a thousand magic moments. I think we all felt that there was something very special about this group of people, with everyone’s energy helping to open our hearts. On a technical level the course was brilliant: working together you made things move, advance, slowly but surely, and despite the limited amount of time we all learnt sooooo much. Learnt from you, learnt from our clowns, from ourselves, from the red nose, from each other, from our feelings, from opening our eyes, from observing. This course inspired me!!! Sometimes I close my eyes and I´m there again, and of course, I´m smiling.
Valeria Escandon (Lima – Peru) – Clown and teacher
You possess an enormous capacity for listening, for observing, and incorporate this in your work. “Clowning is not a technique but a state of being”. You allowed me to feel sufficiently confident to throw myself into the deep end of this state of being and live the experience. I felt relaxed, like being inside a bubble, in a moment of pause where things seemed like a game of giving and receiving, without worries or hurries, in harmony. For the first time I could look outwards with such an intensity that even now, a month later, I can still see you all. Your advice to enjoy myself has certainly been of use to me even when not clowning. I don’t know if my clown will grow but your course has certainly given birth to it. And as far as the exercises, structure and information is concerned, you communicated it all very well.
Antonio de Jesus (Puerto Rico) – Actor
I’m very grateful for the support and help you gave me. I thought I would never be successful, but thanks to you, I got there! I know that I have a long way to go before I can be a clown, but the help you gave me, to find that honesty in my work, was wonderful. That way of being yourself, stripped of all one’s disguises, openly vulnerable, is delightful.
Jesus Ignacio Ayala (Mexico) – Actor
I really liked the workshop: it’s fun, you learn through play. I think your courses achieve something particularly difficult (and I’m a teacher, so I know) and that is the ability to give information for all levels of ability: from beginners to even the most advanced. I have learnt a pile of things but above all, not to do things automatically. I would have loved to go with the flow of all the delightful stimuli you threw at me, and not be so defensive. Well, little by little. Besides, it’s all about learning to flow, no? So, thanks for everything and keep up the birthing work of all those beautiful clowns. The world is a better place thanks to you.
Joaquin Martin (Barcelona) – Teacher
During the workshop I felt completely free, something that doesn’t happen every day. What I liked most about the course is that for the first time someone was teaching me that the clown is VULNERABLE. I loved this idea, and I think it’s something that helps the clown come on to the stage without fear. I also liked the large range of exercises and games that were taught, this meant that each session was dynamic and fun. Lots of great ways to keep practicing practising after the course. Thanks to the doses of vitamins you gave my clown, I now feel it wants to come out more often, with greater force and enthusiasm.
Mar Domènech (Barcelona) – Clown
During the days we shared together, I was able to strip off layers, return to the innocent nakedness with which I came into the world, and experience things as if for the first time. Now it’s impossible not to place a red nose over mine and slowly but surely it’s becoming more difficult to tell which is my real one. I assure you that just thinking about all that we shared in Barcelona brings joy to me. It resembles that feeling of fun and fascination in children, when they tell you about something that is truly important to them. Thanks for everything.
Cristina Diaz (Gijón) – Doctor
The truth is that, right from the start, you wove magic with your way of being and doing. You created an animated climate that made me feel very comfortable, able to freely express my clown. I want you to know, you’ve awakened a hidden passion in me. It was an unforgettable weekend.
Marcel Torras (Barcelona) – secondary school teacher
The sheer amount of laughter was impressive, it was as if time no longer existed. The workshop connected me quickly with my joy and vitality, which helped me open up and let myself go. After that enjoyed myself thoroughly, which made me feel very present.
Merce Porta (Barcelona) – Speech therapist
During the course I felt completely and utterly myself, a great pleasure I can tell you. It enabled me to see things in a different way, without the usual effort, simply enjoying them for what they were.
Veronica Anido (Barcelona) – Nurse
You don’t only discover your clown and her personal traits, but you also laugh endlessly. We confronted our fears, from stage fright to fear of failure or the ridiculous, and I now extend that to my everyday life. I’m treating situations of failure as a clown would, accepting the emotions that accompany them as natural. It has been an incredible experience that changed my perspective on things. A clown knows how to see the comedy in life. Now that I’ve discovered mine I will let her respond when and where I want, it’s great!
Laura Moscardo (Madrid) – Student