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

Colombia

Tour Overview

CWB – USA is returning to Colombia to partner with CaliClown and Save The Children. The tour has two goals: capacity building for Colombian clowns and relief for Venezuelan migrants living in Colombia. Clowns Without Borders will lead a workshop to share tools for creating a CWB-style show. This includes non-verbal physical comedy, mask work, and ensemble show development.

For the second half of the tour, the clowns will create an original clown show, to perform at Save the Children’s sites throughout Cali and Arauca.

Tour Context

CWB – USA’s partnership with ClownEncuentro provided the springboard for our collaborations with CaliClown. Partnering with local artists and organizations is essential to CWB’s work.

Due to political and economic unrest, Colombia now hosts over 1.2 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees. Political instability, food shortages, and other factors causing Venezuelans to migrant show little signs of subsiding, which creates the need for long-term solutions for Venezuelan refugees and Colombian residents.

Team

CaliClown is a humanitarian clowning organization based in Cali, Colombia. They work in hospitals, favelas, and rehabilitation centers. For this tour, we will be working with David Argüello and Yomara Rodriguez. has been clowning since 2013. He is a musician and brings his wild clown energy to all of his work! has been working with CaliClown since 2013. She is a master costumer and is CaliClown’s high fashion clown.

Arturo Gaskins and Erin Leigh Crites both travelled with CWB to Colombia in August 2018. Arturo Gaskins is a clown, founder of Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico, and a tango dancer. He has been working with Clowns Without Borders since 2016. Erin Leigh Crites has been working with CWB since 2010, and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors.

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