Come One, Come All! every Wednesday, 4 pm EST, to Mr. Amazing’s Circus Corner! A special guest artist every week presented by America’s Ringmaster, Mr. Amazing, from Nyack’s only true circus, Amazing Grace CIRCUS!
Join the Circus Zoom Room this Wed, May 13, with your kids, grandkids, and friends! There’s always something surprising happening at Mr. Amazing’s Circus Corner!
This week the Circus Corner will be visited by Professor BILLY BONES and his PIRATE SCHOOL!
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.
To Commemorate the Birthday of Yury Belov I present this remembrance of his first NY show!
“My Heart is in your Shoe” – The Clown Conspiracy
The cast, crew of show and family members of Yury Belov.
John Grimaldi(Left kneeling), Joe Killian(Green shirt), Tanya Belov(Center), Jan Greenfield, and Fred Yockers (Front Right kneeling)
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We landed in the USA at the end of March of 1981 and our Show “My Heart is in your Shue” was premiered in October of 1981! YES, WOW!!!! What a joy that was! What a wonderful and talented and generous people Yury and had a pleasure to work with!
Big Thanks to John Towsen and Hovey Burgess for their Friendship, Jim R. Moore for his great Photo, and of course The Theatre for the New City! That was Yury Belov’s first Directing job in the USA! And that was my a very first acting experience on the American stage with American actors! Thanks to our Lucky Stars and to everyone who believed in us!
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Tanya and Joe with the great ‘plate routine’
The unique clowning of Fred Yockers.
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I met Yury in Hoboken at the circus school there. I suggested that he contact some NYC clowns, including Karen Gersch.
When Yury started classes at If Every Fool, John Towsen’s studio, Yury asked me to help out and how could I not? The classes were interesting and enlightening! Yury would sometimes reproach me, saying “John. Too much Stanislavsky. Clown!”
When Yury wanted to have a show in NYC, I asked Chrystal Field at Theater for the New City (where I had recently done a one-man show, “Swimming in the Sky – A Fool’s Travels”) if she would be interested in Yury’s show and she was!
Once the show was booked, I called someone I knew a little at the Village Voice and touted Yury’s story, which came out under the title “The Clown who came in from the Cold.” We had full houses for the first run of the show. Better than the houses for my one-man show!
Rehearsals for the show, “My Heart is in Your Shoes” were exciting and expanded my understanding of clowning and performing! Performing with Tanya was a joy and I must mention our wonderful Stage Manager, Jeff Gordon, who went on to fame and glory in the Big Apple Circus!
PS: The bubbles in that cast photo were my idea. Some others in the cast thought that was too clichéd! Ah, the power of bubbles!
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jim- great photos..seeing what you’ve archived is quite impressive..feeling I should connect into my inner clown a little more often..please keep me informed of any interesting clowning that comes your way..with regard to Yuri. I remember quite vividly meeting Yuri in the studios of if every fool..he was quite the misfit, all over the place with some very revolutionary visions of how clowning should meld with our everyday lives..I always thought Tanya (his wife) was the real genius behind the so-called genius..I had the pleasure of doing a duo with her..our creative minds really connected when we had the chance to explore our concept of clown..she was very grounded where Yuri was very kinetic and sometimes scattered..in the beginning, Yuri ask me to assemble a group of clowns that was talented enough to execute his ideas..I remember John Grimaldi first turning onto Yuri and he I think brought him into the confines of “if every fool”..the rehearsals were very chaotic, expressive and totally a surprise..but without the talented group that was assembled Yuri would have never been able to get “my heart is in your shoes” off the ground..I hope I’ve helped you out..it’s amazing to me after all these years clowning is still part of the road we travel by..Jim, I can’t comment on the photo because I don’t see it on your blog you sent me..please keep in touch and I’m hoping we’ll see one another real soon.. a happy new year..be well..god bless.
FOUR CLOWNS is a physical, musical and emotional journey into what it means to be human.
It was a hysterical, surreal evening of humor, comedy, pathos and lots of clown antics.
the cast included the following:
Alexis Jones as SAD CLOWN Kevin Klein as MISCHIEVOUS CLOWN *Raymond Lee as ANGRY CLOWN *Amir Levi as NERVOUS CLOWN
with a wonderful live piano accompanist Amir Khosrowpour.
Here is a quote from the press release:
“The company of three men and one woman, accompanied by a solo piano maestro, have been praised for their vitality, prowess and laser-like wit. Their 70-minute romp–partly scripted, largely improvised–takes the audience through the phases of every person’s life, illuminating our mundane earthly suffering with grisly glee. The clowns are one woman,Alexis Jones, as the sad one, and three men: Kevin Klein as the mischievous one,Raymond Lee as the angry one and Amir Levi as the nervous one. They execute twelve scenes showing life’s defining moments through a clown’s eyes. Their lives and deaths are staged in three chapters–childhood, adolescence, and adulthood–with a musical number preceding each chapter. We see how their archetypes are formed in their childhood, how they learn to live with them in adolescence and how they end up ultimately causing their deaths in adulthood. Subjects include: parental abuse, peer pressure, domestic violence, child molestation, depression and drug abuse.”
Here are some photographs from the evening an evening of laughter and wit.
A staged shot of the cast and pianist.
One of several musical numbers where the cast sings an original song.
Kevin Klein tweaks the gut of Raymond Lee.
Alexis Jones(l) and Raymond Lee(r) getting a big hug from Kevin Klein.
Raymond Lee shows Alexis Jones a brighter future.
Amir Levi lays prone as audience volunteer Four Clowns marketing director Sara Waugh helps Kevin Klein (r) and Raymond Lee(l) take care of some rather sensitive issues.
Alexis Jones pleas with the audience for hope.
At the finale of the show all the clowns remove their noses and drop them into the truck.
Four Clowns cast takes curtain call.
Live music always makes a show wonderful with piano accompanist Amir Khosrowpour.
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The show has lighting design by Donny Jackson, costume design by Cat Elrod, make-up design by Amy Kubiak and props design by Natalie Miller.
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For more information about FOUR CLOWNS and their upcoming performances go here!
Visiting NY with their show GUERRA, La Piara speak about their clown company and their show GUERRA. Currently running at THE TANK in NYC. The company is: Artus Chavez, Fernando Cordova, and Madeleine Serra. In this interview are Artus Chavez and Fernando Cordova.
(From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure)
Cookie, seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of scouting, challenges herself in the wilderness. Is a badge within her reach, or will she be undone by the Great Outdoors?
Deborah Kaufmann has delighted audiences worldwide with original physical comedy and puppetry, most recently in Warsaw and Lisbon. She celebrates over 25 years of foolishness with Big Apple Circus Clown Care®, where she oversees the artistic development of BAC-CC clowns. She teaches Pochinko-inspired mask-to-clown and as “clown midwife” she helps others develop new material.
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A devoted smoker reaches her moment of truth: extinguish the habit! Is being a quitter for life attainable, or will she be undone by the Great Addiction?
Nina Levine creates, performs, directs, writes about, and teaches clown. Based in New York, she has appeared in numerous venues here and abroad. Nina’s acts reflect her traditional theatrical background in combination with training in physical comedy and music. In addition to her body of solo work, she is a founding member of the award-winning clown trio Those in the Nose.
Nina tries to get hypnotized to quit smoking.
Neither hypnotics nor patches seem to remedy the smoking addiction.
Deborah Kaufman gives Nina a ‘helping hand’ with her over whelming problem.