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Clowns Without Borders Benefit Showcase! 8/18 @8:00pm

You are cordially invited to the Clowns Without Borders Benefit Showcase!

The Muse Brooklyn and Clowns Without Borders come together for a night of fun, laughter, and celebration! At the Clowns Without Borders First Annual Benefit Showcase, witness the spectacular artistry and strength of The Muse acrobats, jugglers, and aerialists. Experience the silly, heartwarming charm of the CWB clowns. The show will also feature a hilarious solo performance by Hilary Chaplain, and a TEDtalk by Molly Levine about the importance of laughter in CWB relief work. The show is kid-friendly, but not exclusively kid-focused. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Date and Time:
August 13 at 8 pm

Tickets on a sliding scale: $5-$25
You can reserve your tickets at

Event Location: 
The Muse 
350 Moffat Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Between Knickerbocker and Irving
Wilson Avenue stop on the L train
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In places where resources are scarce, laughter can be abundant. Clowns Without Borders (CWB) brings small teams of professional artists to perform in refugee camps, conflict zones, and sites of a natural disaster.In 1993, a letter from Croatian refugees to Spanish clown Tortell Pontrona sparked engagement. “You know what we miss most? We miss laughter.” From there, CWB was born. Since then, it has grown to an international NGO, with chapters in 14 countries, reaching over 400,000 displaced children a year.

Our work takes us to the beaches of Lesvos, Greece, the hills of rural El Salvador, the deserts of South Sudan. Though the audience changes, the result is the same. An invitation to play is sometimes all that is needed to help recapture a sense of childhood. We are reminded time and time again, that we all laugh in the same language.

Like laughter, our impact ripples outward, energizing children and the adults who care for them. In a world often divided and stark, Clowns Without Borders proudly co-creates and collaborates cross-culturally.

Come learn about how laughter creates community and builds resilience.

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Physics of Play Workshop w/Peter Musante – Benefit for Clowns without Borders

Most people have heard about ‘Doctors without Borders‘. But my favorite group is CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS.

On Saturday April 30, 2011, performer, actor, director and teacher Peter Musante taught a workshop at Soundance in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Physics of Play: Curiousity – Imagination – Spontaneity – Abandon

The attendees were: Aya Tucker, Lynn Levy, Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, Ranjana Mendes, Kurt Carlson, Jeff Smithson, Jason Hicks, Tanya Solomon, Jesse Garrison, Ben Dziuba, and Sayda Trujillo.

Peter Musante with the workshop group working in a circle.

Many attendees were working on character and physical comedy routines.

Peter is elated at the character created by workshop attendee.

Up in the air with this exercise given by teacher Peter Musante.

The workshop description was as follows:

This 3-hour workshop, led by Peter Musante (Blue Man Group, Legs and All), explores ways to liberate our bodies and voices through insanely fun group exercises inspired by various improvisational physical theater approaches.



Working in pairs they explored many different physical attitudes.

Peter conducted a wonderful, spirited and playful workshop for all the attendees.

The workshop was a benefit for CLOWNS WITHOUT BORDERS.

All proceeds from the workshop attendees went to Clowns Without Borders.

Clowns Without Borders USA

Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency.  We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.

To DONATE to this wonderful group click here!

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Ferdinand the Magnificent – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

Nick Trotter performed this show ‘Ferdinand the Magnificent’.

I had a chance to speak with him about his character and the show.


He makes his entrance from the back of the theatre and acquaints himself with members of the audience right away.

Here he finds his romantic interest in the Amazing Amy sitting in the front row.

He has a very unique smile!

He presents her with a beautiful flower to show his compassion.

They embrace and hold on. This was the beginning of a stage romance.

He proceeded to find items of interest in his diaper.

He wonders what delightfully ingenious play can he do with this?

After escorting Amy backstage for some smooching he then leaves the theatre with his love intact.

Clowns with Gowns look on!