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The Clown UnMasked Series – A Comprehensive List 2010 – 2016

The Clown UnMasked

In 2010 I had a concept in my head one day that I should photograph my favorite subjects (Clowns) without their performance costume and makeup and match it with a performance shot. The ‘Unmask’ shot would be black and white and the performance shot in color.  I decided to call it The Clown UnMask. I began shooting in Feb. 2010 with one of the funniest clowns I know and admire. Glen Heroy.

I followed up with many more (almost 50) until I stopped shooting the series in 2016. Here is a comprehensive list of the performers (with links to the original posts) I documented in my ‘hallway’ studio. In the order in which I photographed them. Full post are reached by using the links. Some portrait are provided for visual excitement!

(The wall came down in 2016 so the series was discontinued)

Matt Mitler

Clowns ExMachina

John Leo

Eric Davis

Hilary Chaplain

Audrey Crabtree

Keith Nelson

Ambrose Martos

Joel Jeske

Amy Gordon

Rob Torres

Patrick de Valette

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Julie Ferrier

Fred Blin

Tanya Elchuk

Nina Levine

Hew Parham

Mark Gindick

Peter Daniel Straus

Kevin C. Carr

Jeff Hess

Chris Allison

Drew Richardson

Lilli Sukula Lindblom

Mona Ray

Thom Monckton

Sampo Kurppa

Jenny Lee Mitchell

Michael Trautman

Jennifer Sargent

Maja Bieler

Helen Donnelly

James Godwin

Avner Eisenberg

Summer Shapiro

Neil Arthur James

Gustavo Pace

Didi Sanchezco

Kenny Raskin

Mooky Cornish

Adam Kuchler

Barry Lubin

Daniel Passer

Angela Delfini

Armitage Shanks

Matt Roper

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – Dixon Place – 9/10/2018

Always a great night of entertainment! Tonight was especially wonderful with a wide variety of acts

Hosting the show and driving everyone crazy with his ‘blockhead’ routine was Magic Brian.

TruDee (aka Deborah Lohse) performed a wonderful take off a famous conceptual artist with audience participation.

Cassandra Nemser performed with the magic rings beautifully while singing opera.

Angela Delfini performed an excerpt from her one-woman show.

Acro Artemis had amazing balancing skills (Aryn and Jeff Stilt)

Comedian/Character actor ‘Loud Larry’ (Christoper A. Nicola) was trying to sell cars to the audience.

Lauren Elizabeth worked magic with the illuminated baton.

Zero Boy worked the audience by having them give him ideas to improvise with.

UK based clown/teacher Jon Davison had the audience rolling with his surreal long arms.

Erin Blaire and Jan Manke performed beautiful moves on the trapeze.

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The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

1st Monday of every month at Dixon Place! A great show each time. Come and see one!

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2018 NY Clown Theater Festival Clown Comedy Photography

“Angela Delfini Explains It All For You: A ¾-Woman Show” – NY Clown Theater Festival 2018

“Amazing talent” — La Stampa (Torino, Italy)Angela begins the show by ‘explaining it all’ to the audience.

Her ‘alter-ego’ has some issues with the ‘theory’ of ‘explain it all’.

Utilizing her skills in acrobatics, dance, clown and aerial Angela performed an amazing show for the audience.

Angela created a myriad of characters on stage.

Resorting to reading a book on “Clowns‘ she begins another episode in the show.

Angela brings a real moment to her performance.

A show definitely worth seeing! Angela has so many wonderful skills and her acting is terrific!

Tuesday, September 11 @ 7pm
Sunday, September 23 @ 2pm

Here is a link to an interview Vaudevisuals did a week ago with Angela.

For tickets go here!

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579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211
(between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street)

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2018 NY Clown Theater Festival Brick Theater Clown Photography

‘Clown Cabaret’ – New York Clown Theater Festival – Sept 5th, 2018

Hosted by Frank (Joe Galan) and One Lonely Chunk (Kim Kaiser) of An Unapologetic Mess: A Clown Variety Show.

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Angela Delfini Explains It All For You: A ¾-Woman Show

Angela gets her temper going as the audience member tries to help her to get her shoe on.

From the Festival brochure:

Straight from Barcelona, Toronto, and La Spezia, meet Italy’s greatest export, personality pioneer Dr. Angela Delfini, and her nervous but brave subject, Estrella. Join them on a clownesque five-step recovery program full of unique challenges and you-can’t-go-home-again transformations. Can the maniacally confident Delfini get the stuck-in-beta Estrella to dance and laugh her way to version 2.0 and beyond?? Probably, but not without your help!

Angela’s show will be performed on the following dates and times at the Festival.

Saturday, September 8 @ 7pm
Tuesday, September 11 @ 7pm
Sunday, September 23 @ 2pm

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Sitting in the front row was a young ‘Harpo’ commenting on almost all the acts on stage. (His mother has her hand over face)

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Look at What We Found

A clown ensemble from San Diego, California had to deal with the young ‘Harpo’ as he got involved in the show

The ensemble got into an improv of the previous clown act.

Headed up by Tommy Galan the ensemble worked with a guitar player as well.

From the Festival Brochure:

Look At What We Found is a theatrical improvised clown performance that invites the audience into a world where they can let go of their rigid adult lives, surrender to play, and find the joy and magic they left behind as children. The clowns begin with the stage and theater as their blank canvas, and with one brush stroke of stupidity at a time they build a tapestry of games, play, interaction and fun. Together, clowns and audience will Look At What We Found!

One more performance!

Saturday, September 8 @ 3pm

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JON DAVISON

Jon is an accomplished clown and performed one piece in this cabaret. His remaining time with the festival will be teaching a workshop on Sat/Sunday. His performance was delightful.

Utilizing his clown skills and a comedic visual built into his costume Jon charmed the audience.

Nothing like ‘reaching out to your audience’.

Getting into the audience and making it work is one of the routines of a great clown.

For more information on Jon’s upcoming workshop ‘Devising and Creating Clown’  go here.

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Yay, America!

Kaitlin Kaufman performed an excerpt from her show which she is premiering at the Festival on Sat. with 2 more performances during the week.

Saturday, September 8 @ 1pm
Tuesday, September 11 @ 9pm
Sunday, September 16 @ 3pm

For more information on the NY Clown Theater Festival go here!

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At The Brick Theater

The Brick is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at:
579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211
(between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street)

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Vaudevisuals interview with Angela Delfini

“Angela Delfini Explains It All For You”

Met with Angela Delfini and her director John Towsen at rehearsal today in Williamsburg. Had a great time. John Towsen was kind enough to do the interview. Great hearing all about the show and it’s beginnings along with some history of Angela’s schooling.

Stage manager – Andrea Rossi

Lighting designer – Miguel Suero

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The NY Clown Theatre Festival 2018

September 3 – 23, 2018

The NY Clown Theatre Festival returns to celebrate 12 years in Brooklyn!

The NY Clown Theatre Festival is New York’s preeminent biennial, international Clown Theatre festival since its inception in 2006.

TICKETS HERE!

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More interviews coming soon!

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2018 NY Clown Theater Festival Bouffon Clown Photography

The New York Clown Theatre Festival 2018

For schedule and tickets go here!

Featuring the following shows:

FREE PREVIEW CABARET SHOW!

September 5, 2018

See a free preview of upcoming festival shows and more!

60 minutes

Wednesday, September 5 @ 7pm

Free!

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Free Participatory Indoor Pie Fight

September 3, 2018

Join the pie fight! And remember: it is better to give than to receive!

Monday, September 3rd @ 3pm

Free!

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Dynamics of Clown

September 4, 2018

A free lecture by Jon Davison from London Clown School.

www.jondavison.net

60 minutes

Tuesday, September 4 @ 7pm

Free!

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CLOWN CABARET – Sept 20th 

Short works of clown artists and more!

Participants include:

Drifting Off, created & performed by Beth Leonard & Sarah Pope aka SarahBesque & Bethford

Curios by Phyllis Chen, performed by Margaret Leng Tan

Clown Band, performed by Becca Bernard, Alex Orthweinand Julia

The NY Office of the Professions is Trying to Kill Me, created by Amanda Erin Miller, directed by Carol Lee Sirugo.

and more!!

60 minutes

September 20, @ 7pm

$20.

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Angela Delfini Explains It All For You: A ¾-Woman Show

September 8 – 23, 2018  

Created by Angela Delfini & John Towsen

Straight from Barcelona, Toronto, and La Spezia, meet Italy’s greatest export, personality pioneer Dr. Angela Delfini, and her nervous but brave subject, Estrella. Join them on a clownesque five-step recovery program full of unique challenges and you-can’t-go-home-again transformations. Can the maniacally confident Delfini get the stuck-in-beta Estrella to dance and laugh her way to version 2.0 and beyond?? Probably, but not without your help!

“Amazing talent” — La Stampa (Torino, Italy)

60 minutes

Saturday, September 8 @ 7pm
Tuesday, September 11 @ 7pm
Sunday, September 23 @ 2pm

$20

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Cheeks

September 6 – 23, 2018

Written and performed by Lee Minora
Directed by Scott Sheppard

Lady Elizabeth Edwards has been making art in solitude. You are the first people she’s seen in a decade- and you are a complete disappointment! This is CHEEKS: a brutal clown show that melds contemporary stand-up bouffon clown and hands-on audience play. Laugh through your fear while this one-woman beast sucks the marrow from your funny bone all while taking on the tropes of our most revered female artists. No one is safe in this weapons-grade comedy, where everything is up for grabs – except her p*ssy. CHEEKS is Jane Austen with a handgun.

leeminora.wixsite.com/leeminora

60 minutes

Thursday, September 6 @ 7pm
Friday, September 21 @ 7pm
Saturday, September 22 @ 5pm

$20

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Is Dead

September 17 – 19, 2018

Created & performed by Anka Wojtkowiak-Williams (Poland) and Jim Williams (USA)

Liquidmime is Polish clown duo Jim Williams and Anka Wojtkowiak-Williams, whose characters exist in a live-action comic world. Liquidmime combines mime, clown, sound effects, puppetry, improvisation, and a healthy dose of “black and red” humor into hilarious, thought-provoking sketches.

‘Is dead’ (in Polish: “Nie zyje”) dives boldly headfirst into the topic of death, from overprotective mothers to modern work-a-day life, to the true hazards of smoking, touching on situations everyone can relate to but few dare to speak of.

Winner of the grand prize and audience choice award at the 27th edition of PAKA and the 32nd edition of Lidzbark Evening of Humor and Satire, and the 5th edition of SZPAK comedy festival, ‘Is Dead’ will make its premiere in the United States at the New York Clown Theater Festival.

Anka Wojtkowiak-Williams is a trained pantomime actress, clown, and performer. She began her career with Teatr Formy, performing in Poland and abroad. She is also a member of IMPROKRACJA, one of the premier improv groups in Poland. When she is not performing on stage, Anka is Artistic Director and works as a professional Medical Clown as part of Czerwone Noski – Klown w Szpitalu (Polish branch of Red Noses International).

Jim Williams is a professional performer, actor, writer, clown, mime, and stand-up comedian. He began performing internationally when he was 21 and has worked with such groups as KAPOOT (Chicago, IL, USA), Chicago Clown Care Unit of the Big Apple Circus, and Interkunst (Berlin, Germany). As a stand-up comedian, Jim performs across Poland and Europe both in English and in Polish. He is also the national trainer and works as a professional Medical Clown as part of Czerwone Noski – Klown w Szpitalu.

60 minutes

Monday, September 17 @ 7 pm
Wednesday, September 19 @ 7 pm

$20

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Jeff and Buttons Entertain an Audience

Bankrukt Productions

September 13 – 17, 2018

Created and performed by Jeff Seal and Chris Manley.

Jeff and Buttons will entertain their audience by performing their new show entitled J“eff and Buttons Entertain An Audience. ” Their show consists of lots of new but also some old material which will be performed for an audience with the express purpose of entertaining said audience. It should be an entertaining night of performing!

“Jeff and Buttons had me laughing so hard that I was literally wheezing.” – The Happiest Medium

“Their material is so stupid it becomes profound and refreshing” – MaskedArts.com

60 minutes

Thursday, September 13 @ 7pm
Sunday, September 15 @ 4pm
Monday, September 17 @ 9pm

$20

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Look at What We Found

September 5 – 8, 2018

Created & performed by Tommy Galan, Kasey Pearl-Lee, Christina Perry, Amber Largent & Lauren Flynn

Look At What We Found is a theatrical improvised clown performance that invites the audience into a world where they can let go of their rigid adult lives, surrender to play, and find the joy and magic they left behind as children. The clowns begin with the stage and theater as their blank canvas, and with one brush stroke of stupidity at a time they build a tapestry of games, play, interaction and fun. Together, clowns and audience will Look At What We Found!

www.LookAtWhatWeFound.com

60 minutes

Wednesday, September 5 @ 9 pm
Saturday, September 8 @ 3 pm

$20

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Melon Head

Unkonscious Kollectiv

September 10 – 12, 2018

Created & performed by Helen Gutowski

This is a performance in which the clown, named Melon Head, does indeed have a melon on her head. She tries to get it off in hilariously bizarre ways, eventually succeeding with a prat-fall. Later, she encounters 2 other fruits and uses these items in unusual and silly ways, ultimately exemplifying the joy of play, the fun of fruits and veggies, and that love is really awesome.

30 minutes

Monday, September 10 @ 7pm
Wednesday, September 12 @ 8pm

$15

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The Mysterious Magical Brandishers of Magic!

Monkey Do International

September 15 – 18, 2018

Primary Artist: Written/Created/Performed by Pratik Motwani (India), James Peck (UK), Sarah Peters (USA).

The Mysterious Magical Brandishers of Magic! is a Daredevil Style Freak Show performed by a hilariously mystical, intercontinental and intergalactic clown trio. This dangerously funny clown show is packed with mysteriously hilarious physical comedy that uses the ancient art of sorcery as means to tickle your funny bones. A magical world in which the spectacular successes and epic failure’s serve only one purpose – Laughter and Entertainment of the audience. The show involves amusingly bemusing mass hypnosis and precariously hilarious audience participation in acts such as The Board of Doom, The Bed of Nail and The Balls of Steel!

www.brandishersofmagic.com

60 minutes

Saturday, September 15 @ 6pm

Sunday, September 16 @ 1pm
Tuesday, September 18 @ 7pm

$20

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A Terrible Show for Terrible People

September 8 – 12, 2018

Created & performed by Bonnie He.

A Terrible Show for Terrible People is a raunchy and rambunctious solo clown performance that is both boner- and vomit-inducing.

In her East Coast premiere at the NY Clown Theatre Festival, physical comedian Bonnie He takes the audience on a flirtatious journey from death to rebirth, opening a voyeuristic window into personal tragedy, triumph, and titillation. Mostly titillation. TIT-illation.

The show is nonverbal but fiercely interactive. The audience is complicit, and that’s what makes A Terrible Show so riveting: you’re not just watching a show – you’re participating in the destruction of common decency.

30 minutes

Saturday, September 8 @ 5 pm
Monday, September 10 @ 9 pm
Wednesday, September 12 @ 7 pm

$15

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Trapped

September 14 – 16, 2018

Performed, created and directed by Inda Pereda.

Inda Pereda’s hilarious one-man show uses physical comedy, sound, and mime to build a wild, imaginary dreamscape bound up in exciting, ridiculous and grotesque situations -*ahem* emergency operations, unusual body musicals, the happy birth of mutant beings – and populated by a host of crazy universal characters – *err* annoyed Japanese samurais and happy cows.

Through sheer spectacle and audience participation, TRAPPED unlocks a place where surreal worlds converge with nonsense, where irreverent moments lead to transcendent beauty.

www.indapereda.com

“Inda Pereda made me giggle, snort, guffaw and squirm around in my seat. What a fun show. Go!” RED BASTARD

60 minutes

Friday, September 14 @ 7pm
Saturday, September 15 @ 2pm
Sunday, September 16, @ 5pm

$20

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Yay, America!

September 8 – 16, 2018

Directed by Elizabeth Baron 
Performed by Kaitlin Kaufman.

When the country feels like it’s going to shit, politicians are corrupt out of their butts and everything on our newsfeed makes us feel nauseous and/or constipated, it’s time we turn to poets like Penelope for answers. Penelope is a naive, vibrant, affable, surprisingly aggressive, toe-tapping clown who is in intense love and extremely angry at her country. She’s over the ol’ U.S. of A and its veiled promises and pledges. In a surprisingly loving patriotic foray, Penelope delivers an imaginative, universal spectacle about levity through anger, forgiveness through pain, pride through shame, connection through fear that straight-up defibrillates our human hearts.

40 minutes

Saturday, September 8 @ 1pm
Tuesday, September 11 @ 9pm
Sunday, September 16 @ 3pm

$20

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WORKSHOPS

(Very) Physical Comedy Workshop

September 15 – 16, 2018

Taught by John Towsen!

For all those who want to make their comedy more physical or their physicality funnier, a crash course in physical comedy vocabulary and its application for clowns, actors, mimes, dancers, and circus & variety artists. You will be introduced to a wide variety of slapstick skills centered around your own physicality, playing with partners, and reimagining the world of objects, as chairs, tables, hats, coats, plates, and doors take on new life in your comedic hands. We’ll combine these techniques with character, gag structure, and story to create new comedy material. Rare archival video footage will be screened, and resources for further exploration of physical comedy will be provided. Some performance experience and a reasonably sound body highly recommended, but all ages, body types, and levels of experience welcome.

JOHN TOWSEN is the founder and director of the New York City Physical Comedy Lab and was a founder and artistic director of the first NY Clown-Theatre Festival. He is widely recognized as an author, director, producer, performer, and teacher in clown, physical comedy, and allied arts. He has toured shows nationally and internationally and has taught full-length courses at Princeton, Juilliard, and NYU, and workshops in over a dozen countries. His 1976 book, Clowns: A Panoramic History, is still considered to be the standard work on the subject, and his blog All Fall Down: The Art & Craft of Physical Comedy (physicalcomedy.blogspot.com), is widely read by practitioners in the field.

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16
10am-4pm each day

$180

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Devising and Creating Clown

September 8 – 9, 2018

London Clown School teacher Jon Davison teaches a 2-day workshop, culminating in a performance Sunday night at 6 pm!

JON DAVISON has been a clown performer, teacher, director and writer for the last 30 years. He taught clown, improvisation and acting at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona from 1996-2006 when he became a co-founder of the Escola de Clown de Barcelona.

From 2007-2010 he was an AHRC-funded Creative Fellow investigating contemporary clown/actor training at Central School of Speech and Drama, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Clown Performance Practice and is now Visiting Lecturer.

He has performed at festivals, theatres, tents, streets and bars throughout Europe, and is currently artistic director of the clown/circus/pantomime company Stupididity.

He has published two books, Clown: Readings in Theatre Practice (2013) and Clown Training – a practical guide (2015), both with Palgrave Macmillan. He runs the London Clown School, the only provider of regular clown workshops in the UK currently.

Saturday, September 8 from 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, September 9 from 10 am to 4 pm

$180

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Clown Funeral

September 23, 2018

Mourn the passing of the clown festival. Bear it if you can. It died too young. Will any eulogy suffice?

60 minutes

Sunday, September 23 @ 3pm

Free!

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Toronto Clown Festival – Opening Night Cabaret – 5/31/17

OPENING NIGHT CABARET

Hosted by Morro and Jasp

Morro and Jasp did a wonderful job hosting the Cabaret.

Michael Trautman presented an excerpt from his show ‘King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo”.

 Michael Trautman does everything you can imagine with ping pong balls.

Yury Ruzhyev performed an excerpt from his show “No Elephant Show”.

The audience was part of the show in a major way!

Tim Tyler and Joe DePaul performed an excerpt from their show “Tim and Joe Present Joe and Tim”.

Tim and Joe were hysterical in their duo priest routine.

Chloe Payne performed an excerpt from her show “Fake Nerd Girl”.

Angela Delfini performed an excerpt from her show “Angela Delfini Explains It All for You”.

Angela’s show covers many emotions from tragedy to comedy.

Felix Beauchamp, Kevin Forster and Kaleb Horn performed an excerpt from their show “Scarabouche”.

Syncopated pan clanging and wooden spatulas are a wonderful part of this chaotic kitchen musical. 

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For more information and/or tickets go here!

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More photographs to follow daily from the Toronto Clown Festival! 

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Toronto Clown Festival – May 31 to June 4th – 12th YEAR!

featuring the following shows/artists:

My Big Fat German Puppet Show

Fake Nerd Girl

NoElephantsShow – Clown’s Adventure to Oneself

Tim and Joe Present Joe and Tim

Scarabouche!

Bibi and The Beast

Belle of the Ball

“What’s That?!” Late Night Talk Show

Angela Delfini Explains It All For You – A 3/4 Woman Show

King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo

Opening Night Preview Cabaret with Morro & Jasp

~For additional information and tickets click on the link for the show you are interested in attending~

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The Clown Un_Mask – Angela Delfini

ANGELA DELFINI

Angela Delfini Un_MaskAngela Delfini in my ‘hallway studio’ for her clown un_mask portrait.

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Angela Delfini performing her 3/4 Woman show “Angela Delfini Explains it All”.

A work in progress performed at The Sound Dance Studio on April 18th, 21st, 22nd, 2015.

Directed by John Towsen

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