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Flashback: 2012 Clown Theater Festival Parade!

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…

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Photographs from IN/SIGHTS – Julie Goell

 Julie Goell

Julie Goell

“As Lena, an old-world urchin, I audition for the legendary Mr. Big Time in my one-woman show, Woman in a Suitcase.”

~ ~ Julie Goell

Photographed at The New York Clown Theater Festival (circa 1983)

Here is a link to Julie’s wonderful book “Life in a Clown House“.

Life in a Clown House

“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

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Flashback Promo – Work I have done in the past that is still great to look at!

This is a new series I am starting that begins today!

Photographs and flyers (that were made with my photographs).

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Litsedeyi – Russian Clown Troupe from Leningrad performing at Philadelphia Mime Clown Theater Festival (circa 1985)

LitsedeiSlava Polunin performing with Litsedeyi at the Philadelphia Mime Clown Festival.

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Excerpt from my book “IN/SIGHTS – Moore Photographs” published by Mime Journal/Pomona College ©1988.

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Flashback – 2nd NY Clown Theater Festival – 1985

The 2nd Annual  Clown Theatre Festival

(revisit)

At this festival the producers brought in a group from Canada that was very innovative and exciting.

Richard Pochinko (director), Cheryl Cashman (clown) and Nion (clown)(aka Ian Wallace)

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neon.6NION dressed to the max waiting to go on.

neon.9Ian Wallace (Nion) relaxing in the lounge at Westbeth Theater Center.

 GUEST BLOGGER – JOHN TOWSEN (ALL FALL DOWN -PhysicalComedy Blog)

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 he has 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.

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The Clown Un_Mask – Barry Lubin

Barry Lubin in the Clown Un_Mask seriesBarry Lubin poses for the Clown Un_Mask series.

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 2.10.36 PMGrandma dancing ringside with a young fan from the Big Apple Circus audience.

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 2.13.41 PMBarry Lubin getting on his ‘Grandma’ makeup backstage at Big Apple Circus season #23.

Screen Shot 2014-09-28 at 2.13.52 PMGrandma gets a ride in NYC taxi. Photograph part of the series “Grandma in NY”.

2014.09.28_NYCTF_346Grandma douces Mark Gindick in the ‘Singing in The Rain’ routine that they performed at The 2014 NY Clown Theatre Festival.

Barry and I have had a long friendship and I have been so fortunate to have been there to photograph him during so many wonderful moments.

To keep up with what Barry and Grandma are doing go here.

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2014 New York Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret – Sept 18th, 2014

2nd Installment of the Clown Cabaret had “Deenie Nast” hosting the evenings festivities.

Deenie Nast performs at Clown CabaretDeenie Nast (Audrey Crabtree) was the hostess with the mostess at the Clown Cabaret.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_063Tiny and Tall from San Francisco showed an excerpt from their show “LOCKED UP”

Jeroen Bouwhuis performs at the Clown CabaretJeroen Bouwhuis from Amsterdam, Holland performed an excerpt from his show “A Few of My Favorite Things”.

Sexy dancers Animal CrackersAlso on stage were the wild and wonderful, sexy eccentric dancers ‘Animal Crackers’.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_206An innocent audience member got recruited to help Deenie get her shorts on. He actually held her up while substitute Nurse Minnie put them on.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_249Moving the show along were the two hysterical ‘mock opera’ men “The Donovan Ensemble”.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_315After getting nursed with some ‘pills’ Deenie Nast leans on the wall to introduce the next act.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_338Direct from “Queen of the Night” Revue clown, magician and madcap performer Dmitri Hatton turn up the heat.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_420Adding a delightful visual twist to the show was Flash Rosenberg who drew some wonderful icons based on audience comments.

2014.09.18_NYCTF_378By the end of the show Deenie had consumed too much liquid and pills. Off to bed for our princess MC.

The music was provided by Miriam Daly.

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Thursday Sept 25th will be the next Clown Cabaret. Hosted by Summer Shapiro.

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For more information on the Clown Festival go here.

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Vaudevisuals Interview with clown Felipe Ortiz – Bogota, Columbia

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.

For More information on the NY Clown Theater Festival go here.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Felipetheater

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“Smoke & Fire” Deborah Kaufman and Nina Levine – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

A Double Bill

with

‘Leave Nothing but Footprints”

performed and created by Deborah Kaufman

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“The Quitter…Now with Added Flavor”

performed and created by Nina Levine

(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.

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For information on Deborah Kaufman:

http://tooshorttofallover.com

For Information on Nina Levine:
http://ninalevine.com

 


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“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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“Saucisse: A Foo Musical” – Helen Donnelly – Toronto, Canada – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival Brochure:

“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.

‘Foo’s tragic end…’

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For more information on Helen Donnelly go here!