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Double Bill – Dante: Magicial Man in Plaid & Members of Our Limbs – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Creator/writer: Sean Dawson

Performers: Sean Dawson, Tanya Solomon

Director: Sean Dawson

Musician: Tanya Solomon

New Orleans, LA

Follow the Magical Mysterious Man in Plaid down the rabbit hole as he ponders the benefits of a low cholesterol diet. Then thank your little lucky stars he only uses his powers for good!

Finding a banana in his shoe was just the beginning of a great evening of surprises.

Tanya Solomon accompanies Dante with the accordion

Dante blows out the cigarette in his left hand and the match in his right hand goes out.

Dante dons a clown nose to entertain the audience volunteer Becca.

Dante performing with a magical scarf.

Dante and Tanya take a well deserved curtain call.

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Members of Our Limbs

The traditional and contemporary Frankenstein clown, Members of Our Limbs is a frenzy of absurd and eccentric clowning. It follows the antics of three sporadically violent and markedly edgy characters as they are dragged unwittingly through their own show. The patterns of the ordinary world mixed with principles and influences of clowning are put on an operating table and dissected. A suitable set of body parts are selected and a Frankenstein clown is produced like you’ve never seen before. It’s frantic, it’s visual, it’s skillful, and above all: It’s funny.

This is the premiere production from Kallo Collective and has received noteworthy reviews as well as invitations from programmers from around the world.

The Kallo Collective performing “Members of Our Limbs”.

Non stop hilarity from this zany show.

Thom Monckton displays amazing physical skills in comedy timing.

The Kallo Collective was working with great interplay and timing.

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Clown Cabaret 9/20 – hosted by Jack and Diane – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

(From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Brochure)

JACK & DIANE present a cabaret of a very personal and intimate fashion. Their parents taught them that entertainment is a precious gift; and if it hurts, people will love it! Jack & Diane might just make out with you!

Featuring: Myles Goldin’s GAZEaperte Medusa did not start out how we know her today. How would you feel turning people to stone?

Bouffon Glass Menajoree Rises! Crawling back out of your nightmares, Tom Amanda and Laura plume the family nest with broken glass, twisted morals and perverted minds.

Cirque Du Soleil’s François-Guillaume LeBLanc.

Tanya Solomon in A Pretty Girl is Like.., in which Cloris Flap’s new dress inspires her to dance. Directed by Deborah Kaufmann.

Dell’arte Grads, Farfalla and Pico present an acrobatic and wild night!

And short excerpts from Lauffiti, Perhaps Perhaps … Quizas, Members of our Limbs,Moving Stationery.

Jack & Diane host the evening’s talent cabaret.

Thom Monckton performs an excerpt from his one-man show “Moving Stationery”.

Myles Goldin’s GAZEaperte Medusa

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Jack & Diane perform a little magic trick.

Jack performs a side show magic trick….Yuk!

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Gabriela Munoz performs an excerpt from her  one-woman show “Perhaps, Perhaps”.

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Farfalla and Pico perform a duet from their show.

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Matthew Belopavlovich performs an excerpt from his show “Lauffiti”.

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An excerpt from ‘Buffon Glass Menajoree”.

“Bouffon Glass Menajoree” cast performing an excerpt from their show.

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Tanya Solomon performs her ‘break-dance’ piece.

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The Kallo Collective performing an excerpt from “Members of our Limb”.

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Jack & Diane show off a little more talent.

More acrobatic skills by Jack & Diane.

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Francois-Guillaume LeBlanc performs an excerpt from his one-man show “Snooze”.

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“Handshake Uppercut” – Jay Dunn & John Leo – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Handshake Uppercut

Jay Dunn and John Leo – From Brooklyn, NY

(Notes from NY Clown Theatre Brochure)

Two gentleman brawlers drag each other through eternity with only each other’s courtesy and cruelty to keep them alive. A hysterical, brawling clash of 1920’s silent film and rock ‘n’ roll vaudeville, Handshake Uppercut is an unabashedly dark, erotic, edgy, and super funny experience. Oscillating between gleeful savagery and seething politesse, Fringe circuit veterans John Leo (Best of Fringe, SF: ’03/’08) and Jay Dunn (Edinburgh & Philadelphia ‘10) take silent comedy to its outer limits in this hilarious Beckettian duel. Straight off a successful run at the Chicago Fringe 2012, Handshake Uppercut debuted at the NY Clown Theatre Festival cabaret in 2010.

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For more information on Jay Dunn and John Leo’s show go here:

http://www.handshakeUppercut.com/

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“Perhaps, Perhaps…” Gabriel Munoz – Mexico City – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

“Perhaps, Perhaps…Quizas”

(Description from the NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure)

If at first you don’t succeed, try again … and again … and again. Perhaps, Perhaps … Quizás is a clown piece playing with the idea of loneliness, and waiting and hoping for the right man. In an era where nothing seems to impress anyone anymore and longing for “real love” seems to be the burden of our time, Greta, our protagonist, is a lonely woman who rehearses once a week for the arrival of the so-called “one.” Will she get lucky tonight? Perhaps, Perhaps … Quizás…

The wedding ceremony involved all audience members.

The newlyweds kiss at the end of the ceremony.

Carried across the ‘threshold’ with quite a strange look.

The ‘newlyweds’ try a little dance together.

Something isn’t right here!

Let’s see what I can do without him seeing me!

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“Don’t run, RUSH!” – Mona Ray – Finland – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Don’t run, RUSH!

Directed by Lilli Sukula-Lindblom

(Description from NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure)

This absurdly fascinating comedy comes straight from Finland, known for its wintery darkness and summery light, where people neither talk, kiss, nor laugh out loud. The bold and hot-blooded Mona Ray conjures up therapeutic as well as hysterical and infectious laughter. Don’t run, RUSH! features four different pictures of reality in its most absurd forms. A one-woman show where the viewer is never safe. The feeling of danger brings that extra spice to this comedy act where the recipient gives and all is taken.

In this presentation, believe it or not, the audience really wants to participate! Come along and experience Mona’s incredible characters!

Mona Ray takes the stage with much charm and silliness.

Mona Ray tries to get her electronic device to work.

Mona Ray needs to find a husband in the audience.

A gentleman is volunteered for the position of ‘husband’.

Mona and other audience members get their ‘wedding’ picture taken.

Mona Ray changes her identity to a business man giving out diplomas.

Mona Ray awards audience member Mandi a diploma.

Volunteers from the audience participate in an ‘art project’ performance.

The  ‘art project’ involved blowing up paper bags and popping them.

Mona Ray changed her identity into a chef with toilet cleaning brush.

Mona Ray removing her tie forcefully.

Swinging her clothes in the air and dancing was the culmination of a wild show.

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Audrey Crabtree – “One of Us! A Bouffon Emersion” workshop – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

The workshop description read:

“Spend two days embedded in the world of the bouffon! Learn to translate your observations and frustration with society, systems, and stereotypes into playful dynamic theater work. Through pre-table work and physical play you will develop a unique core character from the inside out. Working in packs you will practice the skills, tools, and tactics of bouffon and begin to find your endless voice. Come to birth a new character or deepen an existing bouffon. Be prepared to move, play hard, and become ONE OF US!”

I arrived on the 2nd day of the workshop and the workshop participants were already preparing themselves for an improv. I was able to capture a series of trios and got a wonderful group shot.
Audrey helps a workshop participant get his costume ready.
Two workshop participants help one another get ready for improv.
First group of workshop participants doing their improv.
Audrey  helps the improv out with some direction.
Second group does their improv.
Class photograph taken at workshop space in Triskelion Arts.
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The Clown Un_Mask – Lilli Sukula-Lindblom – Performer/Director – Finland

Lilli Sukula-Lindblom performed in the “Short and Fatty’s Half Century Extravaganza” on Sept 10, 2010 as part of the 2010 NY Clown Theatre Festival. Her piece was titled LILLI’s HAIR AND BEAUTY PARLOUR

Lilli Sukula-Lindblom (r) performs with audience participation at 2010 Clown Festival.

Lilli directed her fellow Finland clown Mona Ray in Don’t Run, RUSH! at this year’s 2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival.

Lilli Sukula-Lindblom in the hallway Un_Mask.

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From Los Angeles – “The Dingbat Show” – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

THE DINGBAT SHOW

A surreal roller coaster ride thru comedy and pandemonium. Juggling, acrobatics, singing and burlesque…

Matthew Morgan and Tina Groff in “The Dingbat Show

Matthew Morgan, Guilford Adams, Brandon Breault and Tina Groff dance up a storm.

Guilford Adams and his precious handkerchief.

Tina Groff, Mathew Morgan, Guilford Adams and Brandon look off to the side.

Brandon Breualt and his wonderfully funny Shakespearean actor.

Special Guest for the Dingbat Show was burlesque celebrity Julie Atlas Muz.

Julie Atlas Muz always has something for everyone in her audience.

Tina Groff get a ‘wiff’ of Julie Atlas Muz’s G string and it set her on fire.

Tina Groff begins the process of removing her clothes.

After Tina gets down to her bare essential she finds a silk chain.

Brandon with bell in hand begins the domestic boxing match.

With boxing gloves on the couple decide to hug instead of fight.

Special guest Sweet Soubrette sings a lovely original song for the audience

Brandon gives Guilford a wild horsey ride.

Guilford points out someone in the audience to Matthew and Brandon.

The company juggles, play ping pong, finds a impostor mexican and more.

The floor was a mess after the show. But what great fun it was!

Created & Performed by:

Matthew Morgan, Tina Groff, Brandon Breault & Guilford Adams

Board Operator: Heidi Brucker

Special Guest: Julie AtlasMuz , Sweet Sobrette

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Super Spectacular! To Opera with Love – Dononvan Ensemble – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

2 Showmen – 6 Operas – 1 hysterical hour!

Merril Garrick and his assistant Emmett take the audience on a roller coaster ride of hilarity by presenting absurdly reinvented seven-minute versions of the world’s greatest operas.

Johnnie Niel (Emmett) and Joe Kolbow (Merril Garrick) perform their wonderful OPERA tribute…

Emmett helps Merril Garrick with his coat. (all thru the show)

They perform complete operas ranging from Carmen to La Boheme to …

….Madame Butterfly

Emmet (with his traveling poncho) and Merril are ready to finish the show.

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For more information on the Donovan Ensemble go HERE!

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La Piara – “Guerra” – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

From Mexico City/Chicago, Illinois

La Piara Teatro

GUERRA

 Guerra: A Clown Play combines slapstick, clown, dance, bouffant, and farce to tell the story of a military outpost’s last stand. Created by a Mexican/U.S. collaborative team, Guerra is performed in three languages and features a trio of incompetent officers engaged in a struggle against a vast unseen enemy. Their epic yet intimate journey features a recruitment lottery, bloodthirsty nursery rhymes, and at least one aerial bombardment. Guerra blends bombast and camp with serious echoes of American and Mexican military realities to create an irreverent and darkly resonant satire.

 Created by La Piara with Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo

Performed by La Piara (Artús Chávez, Fernando Córdova, and Madeleine Sierra)

Directed by Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo

Artus Chavez is delightful as the leader of the group.

Artus Chavez, Fernando Cordova and Madeleine Sierra make up La Piara Teatro.

Artus Chavez comforts Madeleine Sierra in a war scene.

Madeleine Sierra shows off her battle wounds to the audience in GUERRA.

Fernando Cordova has some funny eyes and great scenes in GUERRA.

A humorous moment during the dressing of the Chief in camouflage garb.

Artus Chavez sings while the paper airplanes fly over head.Madeleine, Artus and Fernando take their bow at the end of a very funny show!

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