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Clowns perform for girls in Haiti 2017

Haiti 2018

Tour Overview:

This tour focuses on violence against women and children. The team will create a 30-minute show for women and children who have experienced violence. They will also lead workshops that focus on using art as a tool against violence. As part of this tour, the team will also create a photo exhibit and small documentary.

This team will perform in Haitian prisons for women and minors. They will also work with Aksofam: (Sssociation de Femmes Bénévoles Venant en aide aux Femmes et Enfants Esclaves), an organization that works with women and children who have been enslaved.

Tour Context:

In 2014, the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee reported a steady increase in sexual and gender based violence. In 2017, CWB – USA partnered with MSF-Holland’s program against SGBV. MSF reports that over half of their SGBV patients are under the age of 18.

This tour strives to bring moments of laughter to women and young people who have experienced violence.

The Team:

The artistic team is from Canada, Haiti, and the United States. James Saint Félix (Haiti), Brigitte Charpentier (Canada), and Montana Debor (USA).

James is the founder of Cie Lobo, a program in association with the national arts academy of Port-au-Prince. Brigitte is a comedian and singer from Canada.

Montana is a circus artist and instructor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked with CWB – USA at a number of benefits and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This is her first international tour with CWB – USA.

Katel Le Fustec is the coordinator and photographer for this tour. She has been the director of Clowns Sans Frontières – Canada since 2008.

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