Summer Course Clowning

After a first successful edition in 2022, Sven Verelst and Ell Circo D'ell Fuego are joining forces again for another in-depth Summer Course Clowning in the summer of 2023.

About the Summer Course Clowning

Summer Course Clowning participants are not afraid to work on their sense of humor. They learn to look at each other, give each other feedback, and work together toward an open workout in front of an audience. In the summer of 2023, we will organize a new edition of the Summer Course Clowning. As we did last year, we call on the expert clowning skills of Sven Verelst.


Looking back on the 2022 Summer Course

On the program

We start with the basics: our very own unique universe. A world where everything works the way we want it to. We take time to consciously and deeply explore our desires, longings and vulnerabilities. Without condemning them. From within, we move toward inspiration and creativity. Which we learn to put down on stage. Clowning is working: turning humor and vulnerability into a theatrical force. Why do we laugh? Clowning is relief. The challenge: playing who you are, not who you would like to be. And then, of course, there’s the audience. We learn to listen and connect. Giving attention to get attention. What if they don’t laugh? What if we hit our limits? What if we fail? Can we work with that too? And how does the audience respond then?

Week 1: The Entry of the Red Nose

We will start with awareness and finish with disarmament. We will be working on fundamental principles that we will build on for the rest of the month. And we will examine the difference between what is adapted to social norms and what is poetic.

Week 2: Freedom for Imagination

We will enter our private universe and give the child inside of us all the space it needs. Everything works the way we want it to. Everything is possible!

Week 3: Exploring and Experimenting

In the previous week we have opened the gates of our universe. This week, we will start exploring. We will examine our ideas and take our place on the stage.

Week 4: Time to Create

We will be looking for a balance between spontaneity and technique. How do we transform our ideas? How do we maneuver from fantasy to humor that strikes a chord?


Social fund

You can choose to pay 50 euros extra. That money will go go to a social fund that is made available to candidate participants who qualify for the social rate. ​

Would you like to participate, but it is not possible for you to pay 875 euros. Contact us via to find out if we can use the resources from our social fund to make your participation possible.

Summer Course Clowning 2022

Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Summer Course Clowning met Sven Verelst, groepsfoto Philippe Smet
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Summer Course Clowning
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Summer Course Clowning
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Summer Course Clowning met Sven Verelst
Ell Circo D'ell Fuego, Summer Course Clowning, Sven Verelst, Foto Ysabel Jongeneelen

About the teacher

Sven Verelst traveled all over Europe to attend various international clowning internships. In between, he stopped in Brussels to train at the renowned theater school Lassaad. He works on several shows and is active as a Cliniclown. Since 2009, he has been teaching basic courses in Clowning, Introduction to Humor and Physical Theater at Wisper and Ell Circo D’ell Fuego. All the knowledge he has accumulated over the past 15 years he balances in this international clowning boothcamp. The first edition – in the summer of 2022 – was a success. Meanwhile, we are eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Want to become a clowning student?

Places are limited and we will work together intensively for 4 weeks. Therefore, we feel it is important to put together as diverse a group as possible. Are you interested? Let us know by sending a motivation letter to

Right away!