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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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Clown Comedy Performing Arts Photography Physical Theater Toronto Clown Festival Variety Arts

King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo – Michael Trautman – TCF

TORONTO FESTIVAL OF CLOWNS

presents

King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo 

performed by MICHAEL TRAUTMAN

What happens when you put a clown in a room with 1000 ping pong balls? KING PONG!

KING PONG’S PING PONG RODEO is a truly unique variety show that dares to ask: When is enough, enough? How much is TOO much? Why do Americans go so far? KING PONG combines two of America’s favorite pastimes, “spittin’ and shootin!’”

Michael Trautman has mastered the skills of working with Ping-Pong balls!

His pure joy of manipulating and playing with Ping-Pong balls is so contagious.

He brings together skills from many disciplines and weaves them together effortlessly.

Managing to put so many Ping-Pong balls in his mouth is hysterical.

Michael works with so many wonderful ‘vaudeville’ style routines in this show.

There is so much to see in this show and his character makes it all very playful.

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As of this posting you only have 2 more chances to see his wonderful show. Great for the entire family!

SAT  6/3 3PM

SUN 6/4 @4PM

TICKET INFORMATION HERE

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Bouffon Clown Comedy Performing Arts Photography Physical Theater Toronto Clown Festival

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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Bouffon Clown Comedy Dance Mask Music Photography Physical Theater Puppetry Women

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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American Circus Circus Circus Maine Performing Arts Photography

A Visit to Circus Maine – Classes and Performances

Circus Maine is home to Maine Circus Academy and Pinion Productions

Maine Circus Academy combines the technique of traditional circus arts with the athletic precision and emotional storytelling of contemporary circus. By harnessing both traditional and “new” circus, Circus Maine is able to offer training that covers all bases — after-school classes for young circus dreamers, adult courses for people interested in a healthy lifestyle and a professional level training program that guides experienced students toward their circus career dreams.

Further, Maine Circus Academy believes in making our programs available to everyone. By offering opportunities to participants from diverse economic and social backgrounds via outreach and scholarships we strengthen our community and enhance the lives of all who come in contact with our efforts.

Circus Maine Academy is committed to bringing the next level of circus arts to New England. Between our comprehensive training programs and our regular performances, we are germinating the next explosion of circus culture. From private lessons with experienced coaches to classes designed to build skills and encourage collaboration with peers, the central goal of Circus Maine Academy is to help students maximize their training and take it as far as their heart desires, whether their goal is to build confidence or build a career. Regular student performances and access to coaches with strong ties to the industry are key to the Circus Maine Academy vision. 

Michael Trautman and Cory Tabino observing two students doing handstands.

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Pinion Productions produces our bi-monthly Circus on The Point cabaret, featuring a new cast of international circus artists for every show. In addition, Pinion provides circus entertainment for theaters, schools, festivals and special events throughout New England. Our growing list of corporate clients includes LL Bean, WEX, Camp Sunshine and Whole Foods.

Circus Maine opened their state of the art training and performance facility at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine in the fall of 2015. Thompson’s Point is a fast growing development located just off of I-295 by Portland’s train and bus transportation center. With Circus Maine as the focus, along with an outdoor concert facility, Bissell Bros. Brewery, a wine bar, distillery, and the site of a soon-to-be-built Children’s Museum and new hotel and convention facility, Thompson’s Point is already becoming a new destination in New England.

Hula Hoops galore sitting by the window at Circus Maine!

And last but not least is the ‘tight wire’ rig. This is a wonderful skill to learn for balance.

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CIRCUS MAINE

4 Thompson’s Point
Suite 101
Portland, Maine
04102

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Clown Festival of Fools Juggling Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

The Clown Un_Mask – Michael Trautman – Maine

I photographed Michael during his few days in New York while performing at the New York Clown Theatre Festival.

Also the street shots were taken at the 2012 Burlington, Vermont FESTIVAL OF FOOLS.

Michael Trautman in the hallway for The Clown Un_Mask shot.

Michael Trautman demonstrates his licking power back stage at the Burlington, VT Festival of Fools 2012

Michael Trautman performing at the 2012 Festival of Fools in Burlington, VT.

In a back bend position Michael Trautman shoots the can off the stand with a ping pong ball.

After completing a few awesome ping pong ball routines he celebrates with a ‘Say Oh Yea” to the audience.

Great talent and really fun to photograph!

For more information on Michael Trautman and his work go here!

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Clown Juggling Music NY Clown Theatre Festival 2012 Performing Arts Photography The Brick Variety Arts

“Return of the Old-Timey Clowns” Cabaret – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Three years ago, John Towsen, artistic director of the first NY Clown-Theatre Festival in 1983, hosted a clown-theatre reunion of performers from back in the 80s. When he made plans for a “second tri-annual” clown-theatre reunion this September, Audrey Crabtree suggested he stage a cabaret of older clowns as part of the 2012 festival. The happy result was the sold-out September 28th cabaret, “Return of the Old-Timey Clowns,” which featured twelve acts from a total of fourteen performers.

Area man John Towsen put on his best circus tie to host the festivities.

Hank Smith performs The Mime, a parody of mime clichés to the music of James Brown.

David Tabatsky somehow convinces himself he’s a black cowboy in If I Tell You Now, There’s No Surprise, and Really, What Fun is That?

The Tunisian Toe Tapping Twins with Liz Bolick (left) & Therese Schorn.

Storytelling and face painting come together in Story Faces by Christopher Agostino, a finalist for the 2012 Unique Artist Awards. The volunteer is none other than festival luminary Summer Shapiro.

Hovey Burgess introduces Jim Moore and his film, The Ridiculous Romantic.

Jim Moore’s The Ridiculous Romantic, winner of the Best Silent Film award at the Coney Island Film Festival

Jan “Yoyo” Greenfield defends his right to dance to the music in his piece The Music Box, accompanied by his son Daniel..

Terry Dineen (Ireland) performs The Birth Day, a selection from her latest solo show.

Stephen Ringold confronts the audience as Charlie The Hunchback Geek.

Zeke Peterhoff charms the audience and gets them singing along with his sweet, contemplative, and original song, Stone Buddha.

Celia McCarthy & Joan Merwyn twist words and their own bodies in Help Yourself

Fools Unlimited take a curtain call.

After a mere five minutes, we were all worshipping our new guru, Bernie Kramer as The Mime Master.

Michael Trautman proves he’s not as old as he looks as he performs King Pong’s Ping Pong Rodeo

With only a mirror he was able to knock the can off his head with a ping pong ball.

Michael Trautman yells to the audience ‘Say OH YEAH’

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Clown Festival of Fools Juggling Magic Music Performing Arts Photography Sideshow Variety Arts

“The Last Laugh” – Final Performance at Burlington, VT – FESTIVAL OF FOOLS.

At 5pm on Sunday March 5th  THE FESTIVAL OF FOOLS celebrated 3 days of Non-Stop Entertainment on Church Street in Burlington Vermont with

THE LAST LAUGH

All of the performers that were on hand for the festival contributed a little bit of themselves to a performance in front of City Hall.

The public was sitting down and standing up in front of City Hall.

Here are some photographs from that show.

A few of the cast from the show.

Richard Stamp and Kate Wright performing as the MC’s for THE LAST LAUGH

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David “The Checkboard Guy” Aiken.

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Kamikaze Fireflies (Casey Martin and Rob Williams) with Jonathan Burns

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Aileen Wilkie from Scotland

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Reid Belstock in his bright Red costume.

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Facing the crowd and playing the electric piano is Mark Ettinger who doubled as Music Director for the festival.

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Woody Keppel singing with the band for the closing number of the show.

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The Checkerboard Guy (David Aiken)  dazzles the crown with his hat moves.

Casey Martin (Kamikaze Fireflies) extinguishes fire on her hula hoop with some water.

Jonathan Burns sneaks thru the back of a folding chair with ease.

Henrik Bothe (half of Wells and Woodhead) performing some cowboy roping routines.

Michael Trautman hypnotizes the audience with his ping pong ball tricks.

Aileen Wilkie plays a lovely tune on the saw.

Reid Belstock juggles amazingly different things so well.

Festival of Fools band performing at THE LAST LAUGH show with the great big audience enjoying the show.

[Not all performers on the bill are represented here in photographs.]

For more information on the FESTIVAL OF FOOLS in Burlington, Vermont click HERE!

Festival information:
802.865.7166

Andrea Grayson, Production Manager

Woody Keppel, Artistic Director

Eric Ford, Communication Director

Doreen Kraft, Executive Director