“I later learn that some of the authority figures in the town, who had been in conflict with the people, came to our show. Apparently, everyone laughing together helped to reconcile their differences a bit. What a huge honor!”
-Amica Hunter, performing artist
CWB – USA kicked off 2017 by continuing a 20-year relationship with the beautiful communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Amica Hunter, Sara Sparrow, Mooky Cornish, and team leader Rudi Galindo toured throughout Chiapas from January 8 to January 21st.
Chiapas is in the southeast of Mexico, bordering Guatemala, and home to a rich history and diverse population, including twelve of Mexico’s officially recognized native peoples. The indigenous identity in this region is very present and vigorous. CWB first performed for the Zapatista communities in 1996. With the support and active commitment of our team leader Rudi, we’ve returned to visit these communities every year since.
This program was especially meaningful to CWB for another reason. At Clowns Without Borders USA, Chiapas started us off on twenty years of free performance tours around the world, sharing laughter with communities in crisis. Chiapas was our Project One. Now, we are so excited to say that Chiapas was also our Project One Hundred. A lot has changed in the past twenty years, and it felt like a beautiful synchronicity to close this loop right back where we began.
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