Who am I?
   I'm Ray (pronounced 'rai' or 'raj'). I'm a nomad, a juggler, a little clown, a clown teacher and a good cook.

   I was born by first time in Canary Islands when I was younger than one year old. I don't remember how it was! Since I discovered my inside clown, I born every day and I love it. Life is awesome.

   I'm an open-minded and friendly person. I'm very positive. It's really complicated to see me angry. I love 99% of the population. I'm very honest with my words and actions.

   I'm nonsmoker. I don't drink alcohol. I'm vegan. I'm feminist. I look for equity (not equality). I'm queer friendly. In my opinion, there are a lot of awesome races: human, canine, feline, pachyderm, rodent, cetacean, lagomorph, cuddly toys,... Colours are the result of decoding the light waves.

   My hobbies: Circus, playing music, origami, balloon sculptures, macramé, drawing, Morse code, astronomy, craft wire, painting,... I love learning a lot.

   I speak Spanish, French, English and Itagnolo. I understand very well Catalan and Italiano.

   I love hugs! If you like hugging, hug me!

Ray performing in München, Germany.
What about my clown experience?
   I was really lucky because the first time I wore a red nose was in a Clown introduction workshop. Then, I participated in another workshop, more workshops, and in a long course. This way I didn't learn by myself. So, I didn't need to correct bad techniques because my clown knowledge was empty. That's the best way to learn clown. My first Clown workshop was in 2008 and the last one in 2017. I also have experience as a hospital clown.

   I have won two clown awards:
  • Clownbaret International Festival 2008 Contest.
  • Humorous Interpretation Groucho 2011 Contest (2nd award, but the 1st award in clown modality). In this case, I was performing with a partner.
   I presented as a clown the Gala Show of the I Canary Islands Clown Convention 2011.

   I have done clown shows in theatres, bars, social centres, schools,...

   I have improvised in the streets with pedestrian, drivers, shopkeepers, waiters,... I rode on a police motorbike (turned on but stopped) performing as a clown. I achieved that a dog that was afraid of humans loved me in a few minutes performing as a clown.

   But I need to learn much more yet to improve my clown more and more. Now I'm working on not to need to use red nose (the mask) while I'm performing circus in the streets or on stages. It's going on well. I wish to find nice clown workshops.

   By the way, my clown's name is Rodolfo. :)

Ray performing in Millstreet, Ireland.
What about my teaching experience?
   Years ago, I taught short workshops because of people's request. I always said 'No, I can't, I'm not a teacher' but their feedbacks were always very positive. Step by step, I designed a good method. I'm very happy with it. I've been teaching clown seriously since the beginning of 2014.

   The feedback is always very positive. The only aspect to improve is my 'Espanis' (Spanish) accent, but I always say 'If someone doesn't understand me, tell me and I'll enunciate better'. Hehehe, it's not a big problem.

   I have taught clown in several Circus Associations, in several Circus Conventions, in several Circus Schools, in an NGO for children, in a Non-profit association for childrens in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and in a Theater School.

   I have run at least one clown workshop in each of these 14 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

Intensive clown workshop in Podgorica, Montenegro.

   I have run clown workshop at:

2011:
  • I Canary Islands Clown Convention 2011' in La Graciosa (Spain).
2015:
  • 'Thessaloniki Juggling Club' in Thessaloniki (Greece).
  • European Juggling Cconvention 2015 in Brunico (Italy).
  • 'Jonglierfabrik Oberösterreich' in Traun (Austria).
  • 'Cirku-Kus' in Bratislava (Slovakia).
  • 'Asociația jonglerie Cluj-Napoca' in Targu Mures (Roumania).
2016:
  • 'Asociației Culturale Macaz Incubator107' in Bucharest (Roumania).
  • 'Inex Circus Teatar' in Beograd (Serbia).
  • 'NGO Kam-Hram' in Split (Croatia).
  • 'NGO Don Bosko' in Podgorica (Montenegro).
  • 'Universiteti i Arteve' in Tiranë (Albania).
  • '10ª Convention di Giocoleria della Brianza' in Imbersago (Italy).
  • 'European Juggling Convention 2016' in Almere (The Netherlands).
  • 'Play Festival 2016' in Carbourne Parva (England, UK).
2017:
  • 'ASBL de Françoise de Gottal'(as an assistant) in Brussels (Belgium).
  • 'École de Cirque de Bruxelles' in Brussels (Belgium).
  • 'European Juggling conventiono 2017' in Lublin (Poland).

Why I decided to be a clown teacher?
   I am a clown teacher because I love it! Because I love to discover the inside clown of my students. I am very empathic and I feel good when people around me feel good. Imagine how I feel when all people around me forget their problems and they are playing, laughing and expanding their love. Clown workshops are really funny, natural and healthy.

   When people ask me 'What's your best circus skill?', the answer is 'Clown and balance with objects'. Since I was a child, I have been used to teach my friends all that I know because if I know something interesting I want to share it.

   We must do what we most love and offer our better skill to the others. Mine is clown teaching. I want to work doing social circus, teaching circus (for adults, children, disabled,...) and teaching clown, of course.

Intensive clown workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia.
How is my teaching style?
   All clown teachers have a different style and a different point of view about the clown being. I analysed my teachers and I took what I think is the best of each one. In the same way, you must take from all your teachers and me what you most love of each one, to create your own version of the clown being.

   I designed the workshops in 3 parts: warm up, exercises with the red nose and improvisations. The warm up games are useful to do well the exercises with the red nose and, in turn, these are useful for the improvisations. You won't do any game for no reason.

   I explain the theory little by little (you will learn the theory playing games). I will explain you the meaning of the games and then you could practise more at home.

   I maximise the time in the way that you learn a lot during the intensive workshop. We will play a lot of games without and with red nose.

   I have a purpose for each exercise. Since the workshops are intensive for a few days, I will give you some guidelines while you are improvising. At the end of the improvisations, I will say you advices to keep in mind.

Clown workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece.

   Clown learning is playing games in a relaxed and funny mood. One of my objectives is that you feel comfortable all the time. You won't be forced to do anything that you don't want to do. I also hope that you make mistakes because I think that erring is a good way to learn. So, don't be afraid to learn. Enjoy the way of learning by mistakes!

   Now I'm designing new specific workshops, but it takes time. I don’t just take exercises that I learnt in other workshops. I am very meticulous and I don’t offer a workshop until I am sure that it's perfect and that I can run it greatly.

   I don't have the knowledge of all clown techniques. If you ask me a question and I don't have the correct answer, I will tell you 'Sorry, I don't know. You must ask another teacher'. I won't improvise an answer just to pretend to be a good teacher. I'm learning every day.

References who you can ask about me.

Clown workshop in Imbersgo, Italy.