Ruben Madsen

CV: Clownen Ruben Madsen.

Born 48.02.13
Father (Norwegian) Priest in Methodist church.
Mother (Swedish) Professional Mother giving unconditional love.
1972 22/2  Started as a professional clown.
1978  Awarded with State Cultural Price.
1982  Clown of honor at USSR State Circus school in Moscow.

He has toured in all Scandinavia and Nordic Countries including;
• 2 times in Faeroe Island,
• 7 times in Iceland and
• 7 times in Greenland - visiting 47 places - giving 106 performances (WR) - touring with dogsledges, helicopters and boats.

• Also in USA, England, Scotland, Poland, Russia; Georgia, Yalta, Siberia,
all Baltic States, China, Japan, Holland, Monte Carlo.

In a cultural interchange between Sweden, Russia, Latvia and Finland,
Ruben produced a ballet performance "Nachspiel. The Clown and Ballerina"
touring in USA, Sweden and Finland.

Clownen Ruben is the only western circus performer / Clown that worked in a USSR Circus production. He toured in Soviet Union periodically during years 1988 - 1993.

Clownen Ruben has also participated in several classical drama festivals like;
• Reykjavik Arts Festival,
• Festspelen in Bergen Norway,
• Jelenia Gora Festival Poland,
• ULICA Festival Krakow Poland,
• Stockholm Water Festival Sweden,
• Tampere International Festival Finland,
  and many more.

Now and for many years, Ruben is working, as a soloist and in own produced concerts, with professional philharmonic orchestras at an international level.

For several years, besides his touring, Ruben works as a consultant for companies like;
Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Scandinavian Cellulosa AB, State administrations. More.
Titled: Company Philosopher. (web)

He builds ”company cultures” and upgrades systems for employees;
Motivation, participation, quality, communication and more. He uses experiences from
clowning in different countries and meeting with different kind of peoples and their knowledge.

Ruben lives on Ulvön. A tiny little secluded island (5m•1m) in North Sweden where he,
during summer, runs a small cafe/restaurant "UlvöByn" (web).
He also produces Fermented Herring which is a very special north Swedish delicacy.

More links of interest (in Swedish):
See:  Barkbåtar      Predikaren      Klättring

His idea of life quality is;
Working maximum 4 - 5 month a year. Rest of time; Visit friends. Cook, eat and drink well.
Climb mountains and participate in emotional/cultural/philosophical activities.
Reduce costs by;
Fishing, hunting, picking mushrooms and berries. Cut wood for heating.

Still, first of all, working as a Clown!