Marcelo Beré | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Marcelo Beré

Project Title

Poetics of the Clown – Clown’s Principles of Practice and Misfitness


Dr. Tony Fisher 


In this research the clown is seen as the quintessential representative of misfitness. Here certain principles of practice that guide the clown performer are suggested and are related to the concept of misfitness.

Misfit Body: Clown’s differentiated physicality

Misfit Object: Clown’s transgressions with objects

Misfit Relationship: The clown and the others

Misfit Logic: Clown’s way of thinking through action


Marcelo de Almeida Libanio, aka Marcelo Beré has been a clown for more than three decades. In 1982 Marcelo co-founded the Brazilian contemporary circus company Circo Teatro Udi Grudi. Since this date Marcelo has been researching the art of clowning and its applicability in education.

Marcelo is part of the first generation of Brasilia – his family was one of the pioneer families that helped to build thenew capital of Brazil. He graduated in Fine Arts in the 80’s from the University of Brasilia. In 1993 he finished his MA at the Royal Holloway College. He has been a teacher and pedagogical coordinator at the Secretaria de Educação GDF since 1986. He is a recipient of a full-time scholarship in theatre and clown studies provided by CAPES- Ministry of Education, Brazil and a Salary Grant for Research provided by his employer.


2013 Two Clowns – Musical Moments for clown and Pianist by Paul Barker. Tête-à-tête Opera Festival- Riverside Studio and RCSSD

2013 Udigrudi and Orchestra in ConSerto – directed by Leo Sykes - CCBB Brasilia Brazil

2012 Work-demonstration The Mischief of the Misfit: RCSSD

1982 to present date: touring with Circo Teatro Udigrudi – Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, USA and all over Brazil.

Key Publications

2013 Poetics of the Clown – Clown as a Professional Misfit. Comedy Studies, volume 4, Issue 2, Taylor and Francis.

2012 From Hat to Soul – Puppet Notebook, Issue 22, 2012-13