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Working in Translation

The majority of CWB – USA performances are free of language, however language (and translation) are often essential for our clowns to travel and create their show. In multi-cultural teams, the artists adapt and learn how to collaborate with each … Continue reading

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Negotiating Borders

Our name, “Without Borders,” speaks to the ethos of our organization, but in many ways is a misnomer. Often, negotiating borders, visas, and checkpoints takes a significant amount of time on each tour. For many of our audiences and collaborators, … Continue reading

Dustin stands in front of the group of kids at IIOM

Each Person Is an Individual

Dustin J. Allen reflects on his participation in the 2019 Balkan Route Tour. He writes about the need to see people as individuals, with their own aspirations, fears and dreams.  My tour with Clowns Without Borders USA is all wrapped … Continue reading

Palestinian Clowns

Welcome To Palestine

Matthew “Poki” McCorkle and Ania Upstill are in Palestine for a two-week collaboration with Diyar Theatre. The tour started with workshops for Palestinian clowns. Ania shares their first experience of the workshop. First Workshop Teaching our first clowning workshop in … Continue reading

Molly Rose and a local partner touch pinkies in Friendship Park

Ojala Que Nos Vemos

During CWB – USA’s recent tour to Tijuana, the team performed at the border as families waited in line to learn who would be granted asylum interviews. In this blog, team logistician Molly Rose writes about the difficult living situations and … 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

Group photo after Moshe's workshop in Guatemala

Meditation, Resilience and Clowns

Clowns Without Borders USA founder Moshe Cohen is in Guatemala leading workshops for social workers, mental health professionals and educators. Moshe has a long history of clowning in Guatemala, starting in 1996! Today’s workshop is held in Guatemala City, 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

Sabine leads a group dance

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

The Value of a Show

People often ask, “Why clowns?” Sometimes, our performers ask, “What am I doing here, as a clown?” Clowning can be confusing, especially amidst the complexity and scarcity that surrounds human migration. As Dustin learns more about the lives of the audience … Continue reading

Balkans 2019

A Place With No Name

Some refugee camps are on maps. Many are not. As CWB – USA travels along the Balkan Route, we work with local organizers to gain trust and access to refugees who gather in informal or temporary “camps.” Often, migrants’ experiences … Continue reading

A clown hugs children in a refugee camp

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