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Ecuador 2019

Who Else Has a Dream?

Large semi-trucks whoosh past as we sit roadside, chewing coca leaves to combat the altitude. Josie practices tossing her juggling clubs skyward while Washington Taco (AKA ‘Guacho’), our fearless local companion and driver, shakes his head and examines the smoking … Continue reading

Poki balances on Ania's shoulders, in front of a large outdoor audience

Listen In: CWB On the Air

Progressive Radio Network featured Clowns Without Borders in conversation with host Eleanor LeCain. Executive Director Naomi Shafer, CWB Board Vice President Erin Leigh Crites, and Board Member Sayda Trujillo describe CWB’s work, how clowning can serve the needs of a … Continue reading

Ecuador 2019

Reaffirming Meaning

Clowns Without Borders USA is delighted to include Mexico-based clown Lars Uribe Rodriguez on our recent tour to Ecuador. He writes about how even a humble rehearsal on a volleyball court can create magic. Mira abajo para la versión en español. … Continue reading

Ecuador 2019

Migration Is a Human Right

As millions of people flee Venezuela, the UNHCR has categorized the situation as an emergency. CWB – USA worked with Venezuelan migrants and their host communities in Ecuador. Josie Mae writes about the multi-layered power of circus.  The Storytelling Power of … Continue reading

Bahamas 2019

The Bahamas Tour Diary: Week 1

In September 2019, Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane, struck The Bahamas. The impact included massive power outages, infrastructure destruction and at least 70 deaths. Thousands of Bahamians and migrant Haitian workers continue to live in temporary housing. Meredith Gordon … Continue reading

Palestine 2019

The First Arab Bedouin Female Clown

CWB – USA embarks on a three-year partnership with Diyar Theatre, a Bethlehem-based dance company. One of the Palestinian clown students invites CWB artists Ania Upstill and Michael O’Neill to her village, where she and other local women are dedicated … Continue reading

All the clowns say "Ta-Da!"

Unplanned Clowning

CWB – USA embarks on a three-year partnership with Diyar Theatre, a Bethlehem-based dance company. CWB performing and teaching artist Ania Upstill writes about the unexpected outcome of clowning in a bank, one of the most un-funny places to be… Clowns … Continue reading

Clowns cluster together with their red noses on, to take a selfie

Caring For the Whole Community

CWB – USA embarks on a three-year partnership with Diyar Theatre, a Bethlehem-based dance company. During the first week, CWB clowns Michael O’Neill and Ania Upstill lead workshops for artists interested in developing their clowning skills.  Ania writes about the … Continue reading

Poki balances on Ania's shoulders, in front of a large outdoor audience

Zip Zap

CWB – USA embarks on a three-year partnership with Diyar Theatre, a Bethlehem-based dance company. During the first week, CWB clowns Michael O’Neill and Ania Upstill lead workshops for artists interested in developing their clowning skills.  In this blog, Ania … Continue reading

Robin Lara's head is inside a giant balloon as she performs in a rural refugee camp in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Tour Diary: Part 3

Robin Lara writes about performing in both intimate and colossal spaces, and the need to show up with an open heart no matter what.  September 28, 2019 Today we’re in Harare, Zimbabwe, performing in a children’s cancer ward. But you’d never know it … Continue reading

Robin balances her unicycle on her chin surrounded by a huge crowd in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Tour Diary: Part 2

Robin Lara writes about breaking the ice with kids, even when you stand out like “chingua” (white bread).  September 18, 2019 We have been singing songs in Shona, the native language here. It’s so different from what I’m used to … Continue reading

All the clowns make funny faces at the camera

Zimbabwe Tour Diary: Part 1

Robin Lara writes about the culture shock of navigating Zimbabwean rules and regulations, and the universal joy of thousands of laughing kids.  September 15, 2019 Our first two shows in Zimbabwe are tomorrow! There are four of us clowns: two … Continue reading

Little boy points at Melissa as she makes a funny face

From Cocoon To Butterfly

Melissa writes about the good, the challenging, and the transformative moments of emotional negotiation while on tour in Brazil.  A Rough Start We have a strange start today. In the early morning, one of the slats from this awful bunk bed … Continue reading

Faebel squeezes through a chair as children laugh

Laughter In Our Bellies

CWB – USA joins Palhaços sem Fronteiras Brasil (PSF-Brazil) to perform for indigenous Guaraní communities in Mato Grosso do Sul, where they are displaced and threatened by loss of lands, deforestation, and export-agriculture. Faeble Kievman writes about the Guaraní people’s strong … Continue reading

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