CLOWN (135h)


For professionals and students in the field of performing arts. Previous clown experience is not needed.



MetaPLATFORM 2020 will dive into the core of theatre clownery, where the clown is born of the personal ridicule of the actor and where the stories are dealing with all the colors of the life, also the dark ones. This long clown project will take the participant to the source of tragicomic humanity, there where all the homo sapiens, year after year, find themselves stupefied in front of the universal miracles of life. 


The process of searching one’s personal clown is not only an individual trip, but always a very intensive group process. The clown does not exist without the audience. In MetaPLATFORM, the group is a test audience and great support for each other during the whole process. 


From the point of view of developing as a clown (and human being), it’s interesting how our own idea of what is ridiculous in us is often very different than how the others see us. The clown process is great fun, above all, but it needs also courage! Courage to face your imperfections, accept them, play with them and one day... perhaps love them a bit.


The purpose of the education is not to do therapy sessions with the red nose, but to develop our personal material and transform it to the universal level with acting techniques and meet the audience.



Soile Mäkelä is a theatre teacher, performer, and director, who has worked with masks since 1996. She works as a freelancer in various institutes in Finland. In addition, she does artistic projects, teaches and leads the education and mask making departments in Teatteri Metamorfoosi which she co-founded in 2005.


Soile graduated from the University of the Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy from the department of theatre pedagogy in 2008. She studied physical theatre in France and Italy based on the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq 1999-2002.  Before that she graduated from Metropolia, Helsinki University of Applied Sciences/ Performing arts as a drama instructor 1999. In addition, she has participated numerous masks and clown workshops around Europe ‘cause she likes to put herself in “trouble” and keep on learning all the time. The most significant teachers and inspirations during her clown trip have been Giovanni Fusetti, Mario Gonzalez, Pierre Byland, Philippe Gaulier, and La Famiglia Mäkelä and Z. Giovanzana.



Finnish, except if some participants do not speak Finnish, then the teaching will be in English.



Note: Due to corona period we have postponed the workshop with one month. New time:


Mon–Fri 10-17:00 (Including one-hour lunch pause each day)

(Sat-Sun 25.-26.7. free) 


MetaPLATFORM starts with two weeks intensive investigation of personal ridicule of each participant and introduction to the group of loveable losers and their endless flops.

Technically speaking, we will learn about our own movement qualities with neutral masks (For the hygienia reasons we will do the neutral exercises without neutral masks.) and other physical theatre means from Lecoq-pedagogy and Mario Gonzalez training and mask techniques. After the preparation, we will witness the miracle of the birth of the clowns and their holistic ludicrous. 

During the second week, we will go deeper to personal stories by improvising. From that material, we will start to create clown numbers either solos or in small groups. After the summer workshop, the group will get some tasks to prepare for the next meeting.



NOTE, the timetables have changed from the original.

August: Fri 28.8 at 17-20:00, Sat-Sun 29.–30.8. at 10-18:00

September:  Sat-Sun 26.–27.9 at 10-18:00

October:  Sat-Sun 31.10–1.11. at 10-18:00

(Saturdays and Sundays one hour lunch and 15min cafe pause included.)



November 21.–25.11.

Sat-Wed 10-17:00 (including 1h lunch break)

Intensive rehearsal period before the opening night.



Fri 27.11. Technical run-through during the day, general rehearsal in the evening

Sat 28.11. PREMIERE (Matinée)

MetaPLATFORM educational project will be presented in the clown matinée at Annantalo Arts Center. The participants will present their clown numbers for the public in the form of solo performance or 2-5 person combinations, depending on our creation. The maximum length of each performance will be no longer than 15-20 min. The theatre technique will remain at a very modest level, but we hope to compensate that with the depth of the shows and the excellence of the actors 

The show will be part of an international cultural event called Fair Saturday.




Including 135h teaching/ directing


Teatteri Metamorfoosi /Point Fixe

Suvilahdenkatu 10 a 4th floor

00500 Helsinki

Metro: Kalasatama or Sörnäinen



Annantalo Arts Center

Annankatu 30

00100 Helisnki



Please read through the information and timetables well and check out that you can fully commit to the education project. 


1) Make an informal application (max 2 pages). Include your basic information (name, address, telephone number and e.mail ) to the application and a photo thanks. 

2) Attach your cv

3) Send your application  via email to Soile Mäkelä (soile(at) by 15th of May 2020, thank you.


The participants of the workshop will be decided by the 29th of May and the info will be sent to all applicants. The minimum and maximum amount of participants will be 12. 

Those who are accepted to the workshop, confirm their participation by paying the fee by 1st of June 2020. 


Conditions of the workshop in case of cancellation:

Please note: Once the workshop is confirmed, If the participant must cancel his/her participation (regardless of reason, including illness), the reimbursement is given only if there is someone in the waiting list who can take his/her place.

Do not hesitate to contact the teacher, if you have any questions.


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