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Featured Artist: Luz Gaxiola

This week’s featured artist is Luz Gaxiola. Luz has performed with Clowns Without Borders in Greece and Lebanon. Most recently, she delighted attendees of our Virtual Benefit by playing the accordion surrounded by goats. Luz is a multi-instrumentalist, playing accordion, tuba, … Continue reading

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Digital Mine Risk Education: 2021

Digital Mine Risk Education: Tour Overview Clowns Without Borders UK and USA have partnered with Mines Advisory Group (MAG) to create digital mine risk education materials for audiences in Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Vietnam. MAG intends to reach over 9 … Continue reading

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First of May Part 2: Dustin Allen, Melissa Aston, and Ania Upstill

In the American circus, “first of May” refers to someone who is in their first season with the circus. In that spirit, we interviewed three artists about their respective first CWB – USA tour. This is the second in a four-part … Continue reading

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First of May Part 1: Dustin Allen, Melissa Aston, and Ania Upstill

CWB – USA Executive Director Naomi Shafer interviewed Dustin Allen, Melissa Aston, and Ania Upstill on May 1 2020. In American circus, “First of May” is a nickname for somebody who is in the circus for the first time. These … Continue reading

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Clowning and Coronavirus: CWB’s online adaptations

I used to know what my job was. I produced clown tours and workshops for displaced people, migrants, and communities in crisis. Amidst all of the unknowns and intangibles of that work, I knew what I was doing. Since the … Continue reading

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Balkan Tour Diary: Part 2

CWB – USA board member David Lichtenstein is on tour with Clown Me In founder, and longtime CWB partner, Sabine Choucair, and Dustin J. Allen. The three are traveling along the Balkan Route, walked by migrants from North Africa and … Continue reading

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Balkan Tour Diary: Part 1

CWB – USA board member David Lichtenstein is on tour with Clown Me In founder, and longtime CWB partner, Sabine Choucair, and Dustin J. Allen. The three are traveling along the Balkan Route, walked by migrants from North Africa and … Continue reading

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Different Realities

CWB – USA is on tour along the Balkan Route, traveled by migrants fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East and North Africa. Sabine Choucair, longtime CWB collaborator and founder of Clown Me In, witnesses the different realities faced … Continue reading

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Reaching the Dream Land

CWB – USA is on tour along the Balkan Route, traveled by migrants fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East and North Africa. Sabine Choucair, longtime CWB collaborator and founder of Clown Me In, writes about lessons best learned … Continue reading

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The Game

Clowns Without Borders performances are a time of levity for people whose lives may have none. In Bosnia, Dustin and Sabine talk with audience members about their experiences of being refugees, specifically of playing “The Game.” Sabine: It’s day two … Continue reading

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Balkan Tour 2019

“I walk in and feel the heaviness of the space, despite the smiles around us. We gather a group of 500 men in no time at all, along with a handful of kids and women. We perform for an hour … Continue reading

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Lebanon 2018

“When I clown in the hospital or on the streets, I’m always listening for the game—the gateway to making a vibrant connection with each human. I offer myself as an object of play and look to them to see what … Continue reading

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Our Noise Crosses Borders

CWB – USA is revisiting the same Balkan Route (#refugeeroad) that it traveled in 2017, deepening the relationships we formed a year ago. Veteran CWB performer Sabine Choucair describes the second week of performances and a very special little boy. … Continue reading

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The Middle of Nowhere

CWB – USA is revisiting the same Balkan Route (#refugeeroad) that we traveled in 2017, deepening the relationships we formed a year ago. Veteran CWB performer Sabine Choucair takes us through the first few days of travel and an incredible … Continue reading