Background: For several years, Clowns Without Borders has partnered with local clowns in Colombia to participate in some extraordinary community performances and workshops. The Clown Encuentro is a one-of-a-kind ‘meeting of clowns’ in South America. It offers daily workshops and presentations from performers from around the world. Each afternoon participants join in ‘fabricas’ in which […]
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Continuing an ongoing 5-year collaboration between Clowns without Borders USA and Colombian clowns, the team of 5 Colombian and American artists taught workshops and performed to kids, students and families in villages in both Bogota and rural areas around Cali Their show was called, “Oink”; photos by Ana Maria Cuevas Escobar.
These clowns were ready and hungry for play. In every activity, from games, to simple walking exercises, to improvisations, they would dive in and find all kinds of comic and poetic material. It felt like all I needed to give them was a small window into play and they would happily bust it open to make a huge door into vast territories of creative funny.
CWB partnered with local clown organizations CaliClown and Pasos de Payasos to share laughter with families facing structural violence, poverty and discrimination. Our team performed shows and offered workshops in Bogotá and Cali from June 30-July 12th.
CWB is continuing its partnerships with clowns in Colombia. Our partnerships began in 2009 with teams of clowns, performers and organizers. This project involved a collaboration with CaliClown with a workshop, a show creation and performances.
CWB is continuing its partnerships with clowns in Colombia. Our partnerships began in 2009 with teams of clowns, performers and organizers. This year, after an amazing trip to Risaralda, we are returning to share and collaborate at Encuentro 2012. David is representing us there, stay tuned for updates.
Tim Cunningham will be working with Barnaby King and the Pasos providing teacher trainings and workshops. The collaborative team will create a touring performance with local children and from it, they will develop a sustainable training program for the next three years. The team will also consist of hospital clowns from Manizales and a social worker from Bogotá. This project marks new directions for CWB as we work towards bringing the joy and developing systems so that the joy can sustain itself everywhere we go. Follow us at this page for updates and stories from the field!
Tim is representing CWB this year at the Encuentro, teaching, presenting and facilitating interventions a la Clowns Without Borders. CWB is grateful to the organizers and inspiring forces behind the Encuentro. The Clown Encuentro is a prime example of sustainability in community based clowning and social circus.
Colombia has seen as many as 3.8 million people driven from their homes by violence brought on by paramilitary and rebel forces battling for territorial control with the government resulting in Colombia ranking third in the world after Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the largest number of internally displaced people (IDPs). This year, Clowns Without Borders-USA will initiate a Project to meet the young people of these communities and other vulnerable children.