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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

Brazil 2019

Internally Displaced People and Indigenous Self-Determination

This fall, CWB – USA travels to Matto Grosso do Sul, Brazil sharing laughter with indigenous Guaraní communities facing displacement due to agribusiness incursion on their land. Less than 1.6 percent of Matto Grosso do Sul has been demarcated as … Continue reading

ClownEncuentro participants gather for a family portrait, dressed in their outrageous costumes.

Hearts Wide Open

Hannah Gaff represented CWB – USA at the 2019 ClownEncuentro in Cali, Colombia.  Prepping For The Show Following the three-day workshop, we’re invited to perform our show at a home for girls in protective services. We created the show during … Continue reading

A female clown falls over toward her left hand, as she tries to sit on another female clown's lap.

Meet Ilana Levy, Founder of CaliClown

Do you ever wonder about CWB – USA’s amazing partners? We’re sitting down with project partners from around the world to talk about their organization and its relationship to CWB! Ilana Levy, founder of CaliClown and ClownEncuentro talks professionalism and forging … Continue reading

Five clowns make silly poses on a hill in Cali, Colombia

A Deep and Lasting Bond

Hannah Gaff represented CWB – USA at the 2019 ClownEncuentro in Cali, Colombia.  ClownEncuentro ClownEncuentro is a magical clown gathering that takes place in Colombia every two years (or so) and has five major objectives: learning and artistic development, dialogue, … Continue reading