October 1 to October 31, 2021 Barcelona, Spain

The Nouveau Clown Institute & the Centre Civic Drassanes presents:

THE FOOLS MILITIA – Comic Formulas Clown Masterclass

Dear Artists,

Following the overwhelming success of «THE FUNNY-LAST LAUGH CLOWN MASTERCLASS 2019», Jango Edwards and the Nouveau Clown Institute in collaboration with the Centre Civic Drassanes present the 11th edition of our N.C.I. annual one-month masterclass «F.T.F.S. FOOLS MILITIA-Comic Formulas Clown Masterclass»!

Contact: via email

Registration & Curriculum

Class content, events, performances, animations, and a detailed schedule are available after application. The application form attached below contains the cost of tuition and must be completed and returned to the N.C.I.  Your application will be reviewed by the N.C.I. acceptance board and if selected then you will receive a letter of acceptance email to inform you of your selection and the details of what must be done to secure confirmation of attendance. 

The Instructors

The one-month session is conducted by a team of international master instructors and additional specialized tutors from our permanent N.C.I. faculty. Every class is completely unique in content, instruction, and information. Confirmed instructors of the N.C.I. masterclass faculty 2021 are: NOLA RAE-ENGLAND,  DAVID LARIBLE-ITALY, PEPA PLANA-SPAIN, JOHNNY MELVILLE-SCOTLAND, KNUT OSTRADAL-NORWAY, ROBERTO OLIVAN-SPAIN, DAVID SHINER-U.S.A, GRADA PESKENS-HOLLAND, JANGO EDWARDS-U.S.A., THE FOOLS BROTHERS-AUSTRIA, additional N.C.I. faculty will be announced in the future.  

The Session

Classes will be held 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm totaling 164 hours of time in-class training.  Besides the 164 hours of courses hosted by instructors from the masterclass faculty, an additional 30 hours will be assigned to online links as research for viewing films and videos to help the creation of numbers for the cabaret. Classes will be in English and Spanish with translations.

On the Saturday evenings of each week, there will be performances presented by Cabaret Cabron performed by the A.I.T. ‘s (actors in training), faculty, and invited guest artists These presentations will be open to the general public.

In addition to your in-class sessions, you will receive selected data-based materials. It is a mandatory request that you bring with you a pen drive or memory stick in which this data can be stored. This information will be a useful reference in the future once you have successfully completed the master class and graduated from “The Nouveau Clown Institute” …that is if you graduate!!!

This year’s annual one-month N.C.I. masterclass «F.T.F.S. THE FOOLS MILITIA» will be the institute’s 11th edition …

This year’s major theme will focus on the recruiting, training, and creation of a new unit of the special commando clown task force “FOOLS MILITIA”. The Fools Militia” is a revolutionary rapid deployment performing clown unit.  The members of the unit are comic mercenaries staging absurd events of anarchy and animations.  Their weapon, humor, their enemy the sad and oppressed from humanity. 

All participants will undergo intensive training to achieve the status of  Fool Militia and on-call ready to be deployed in the city of Barcelona at locations such as La Ramblas, beaches, festival events, and theaters. 
As a Clown Performer, you will work with other professionals in an ensemble and relate to the audience in unpredictable and spontaneous situations. You will learn how to improvise and adapt in order to give the gift of laughter to an unsuspecting public. You will explore the role of the comic actor as a social warrior, laughter terrorist, and mercenary of humor.  A red nose his armor, his weapon a smile, injustice, and tyranny his enemy on a crusade to confirm hope and promote global freedom. To some it may seem a cliche, «The world is a stage and each must play his part» but for clowns it is truth. This year ¨FOOLS MILITIA ¨ Masterclass A.I.T. Dream Team Unit will be assisted this year by instructors and teachers of the N.C.I. faculty, professional animators, musicians, and a selection of global clown artists.

Creation of numbers

Those of you who have clown or comedy routines, stage acts, or numbers that you would like to perform in the weekly “Cabaret Cabron” productions please bring those items required to present your act including music, props, and costumes. A maximum of no more than 2 acts from your repertory is advised. It is also mandatory that prior to the start of the series actors with creation numbers must send in advance audio/video material of your work which can be viewed by members of the faculty before your arrival to help assist us in directing you.

One-on-one session

The A.I.T. can request One-on-one sessions by the teachers at the institute but at an added cost paid to the instructors of the Master Class. It is in any case an accessible and favorable cost for the participants.

About N.C.I.

Today’s nouveau clown movement is a marriage of traditional art and a progressive modern style. During the last four decades, a new generation of clown and comedy artists have discovered the essence of the ‘Clown tradition’ as a powerful tool for the medicine of laughter. A mirror in which to reflect the absurdities of modern technological life and the human condition. It re-established the fact that a clown is the greatest actor in the world.   Avoiding the commercial entertainment industry these artists began as nomads of culture.  Working the streets, the stage, and the world, eventually over time a global network of the nouveau clown tribes was established and prospered.

Over the years the nouveau clown artist would forgo a competitive attitude with their mentors or fellow artists and adopt a cooperative spirit which became clown solidarity.  The art of clown transformed from a way to make a living into a way of life.

A new foundation was established and from those roots, a new view to the clown culture conceived such internationally renowned companies and artists such as Friends Roadshow, Buffo, El Comedians, Slava Polunin & Licedei, Footsbarn Theater Company, El Tricicle, Nola Rae, Avner the Eccentric and Bill Irwin.  The art became a movement that formed the new age Circ du Soleil, Circ Archaos, Big Apple Circus, Le Grand Magic Circus, Circus Roncalli. And so many more

The master class is for professional clown artists to learn, teach and exchange creative ideas with each other; a school where new actors have the opportunity for direct contact with master instructors and daily exposure to assorted technique and production skills, and an understanding of the comic formulas that make comedy and clowning function in all environments. This event is created for all members of the Nouveau Clown community and functions as a launching pad for actors to become familiar with the variety of clown artists and schools that specialize in comedy and the art of clown.

Finally, and most important of all it is the wishes of the N.C.I. staff to make your visit as creative, productive, and inspiring as possible. To achieve this, we remind you that this is an educational institution of the highest standards and if you come with an open mind and open heart then we will open the door for you to a new future.

On behalf of the Nouveau Clown Institute

Sincerely yours,

Jango Edwards:  Director

ZIRKOLIKA N.C.I. article


For further information or to receive the official application form, tuition, Scheduled courses, classes, performances, cabarets, beach events, street animations, and confirmed faculty members

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