Well. The NY Clown Theater Festival has been going on for some time now! It is a wonderful event and one of the reasons why is because of the OPENING PARADE! Here is a glimpse at some of the images from the Parade that started off the 2012 Festival! It has been held at the charming BRICK THEATER in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
See you at the next NY Clown Theater Festival? Hope so…
“Written with an improviser’s freedom, a clown’s humility and a poet’s potency, Life in a Clown House is a deeply life-affirming invitation to move and to be moved. In “The Manual” Julie outlines a series of valuable exercises to prime performers for play, discovery and transformation. In “The Memoir” she reminds us to all to embrace the game, especially as the rules change.” –AMANDA HUOTARI, Artistic Director, Celebration Barn Theater
In the early 80s during a visit to Toronto I chanced to see a remarkable performance by Nion (Ian Wallace), and soon thereafter I was bringing Ian, his collaborator Richard Pochinko, and Cheryl Cashman (in another show directed by Richard) to our first NY Clown-Theatre festival (1983). And all three of them back again for the second one in 1985, where Richard also presented work by some of his students, including Sue Morrison. Somewhere around then we brought Richard down for a longer workshop. We had very little money to house him, but he found a room in a hotel on Chambers Street (in the pre-Tribeca days) that mostly rented by the hour, if you get my drift. Richard didn’t care, he just wanted to do the work. Richard was truly an original. He absorbed the “personal clown” work being done in Europe by Lecoq and his disciples; he threw his heart and soul into the masks and traditions of North America’s native cultures; and hehas been just as well versed in classic show biz comedy. What he created from all this was a unique blend, a highly creative approach to clowning that still influences so many young performers today. He is dearly missed.
Felipe Ortiz, clown from Bogata, Colombia – South America talks about his show, his recent work in Canada and upcoming performances in New York, Europe and South America. He will be performing his one-man show at the NY Clown Theater Festival which starts on Sept 5th and goes until the 28th.
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(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.
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.
“Foo, a skeptical, nomadic peddler, strikes an unlikely friendship with Saucisse, a new-age vegetarian pig. Foo is horrified when he discovers the awful truth about Saucisse’s Divine Plan. Will Foo make the right choice and honor his friend’s wishes? Or take action and alter the pig’s destiny? Find out in this clown musical about friendship, fate, and meat.”
Foo opens the show with a Cowboy character.
Foo gets caught in the spotlight of the authorities.