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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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“Members of Our Limbs” performing at Amuse Bouche – @ BRICK

They are Back! Direct from Finland…

Members of our Limb from Finland

3 extraordinary performers who constitute “KALLO COLLECTIVE“.

Thom Monckton, Jenni Kallo, and Sampo Kurppa

Last time they performed at The NY Clown Theatre Festival I was so impressed with their unique physical comedy.

For 2 more night only! Thursday 9/19  and Friday 9/20 @ 8pm.

For more information go here!

Jenni Kallo blends in to the scenery.Jenni Kallo blends in to the scenery.

Kallo Collective perform at The Brick.Sampo Kurppa samples the new brewed coffee as Thom Monckton looks on impatiently.

Kallo Collective performing at BRICKSampo tries to squeeze a kiss out of Jenni’s face over after a few drinks. Hysterical fun!

2013.09.18._MembersLimb.154Thom and Sampo try and remove Jenni limp body from the stage. Flowers in vases adorn the down stage area.

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They shower the audience with flowers only to have the audience throw them back..Wonderfully funny show!

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Promoted by Finnish Circus Information Center, Arts Promotion Center Finland and City of Helsinki Cultural Office.

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Clown Juggling Performing Arts Photography The Clown Un_Mask Variety Arts

The Clown Un_Mask – Sampo Kurppa – Finland

Sampo Kurppa performs at the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Sampo Kurrpa juggles with comedic timing and finese.

He also performs with the hysterically funny Kallo Collective from Finland.

Sampo Kurppa photographed by Jim Moore for Clown Un_Mask series

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

Clown Cabaret 9/27 – hosted by Billy and Audrey – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Billy Schultz (Phil) and Audrey Crabtree (Maggie) attend an evening performance in the park.

While attending the performance in the park they host the cabaret.

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Carol Sirugo and Jonathan Kaplan

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Will Shaw

Will Shaw gets the spinning top moving in space.

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Maggie and Phil get closer together on their date in the park.

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Zero Boy

Zero Boy performans his magical voice sound effects.

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Pearl the Mime

Pearl the Mime arrives on stage with a beautiful white costume.

Pearl the Mime performs a lovely mime tale.

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Dante – The Magician

An amazing talent for magic and close up.

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Jeff Seal and Buttons

Buttons and Jeff perform some funny comedy.

Jeff Seal and Buttons stir up the audience with laughter.

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Sampo Kurppa

Sampo Kurppa entertains the audience with his ridiculous coat hang up.

Sampo Kurppa juggles with amazing finesse.

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Maggie and Phil get crazy when they get a bottle of wine.

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Miguel Suero cleans up the mess as a janitor character.

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Helen Donnelly

Helen Donnelly performs an excerpt from her ‘Foo Musical’.

Helen Donnelly is Foo in this delightful excerpt from ‘Saucisse. A Foo Musical.’

Helen Donnelly’s “Foo” strikes a pose for the photographer.

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Double Bill – Dante: Magicial Man in Plaid & Members of Our Limbs – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

Creator/writer: Sean Dawson

Performers: Sean Dawson, Tanya Solomon

Director: Sean Dawson

Musician: Tanya Solomon

New Orleans, LA

Follow the Magical Mysterious Man in Plaid down the rabbit hole as he ponders the benefits of a low cholesterol diet. Then thank your little lucky stars he only uses his powers for good!

Finding a banana in his shoe was just the beginning of a great evening of surprises.

Tanya Solomon accompanies Dante with the accordion

Dante blows out the cigarette in his left hand and the match in his right hand goes out.

Dante dons a clown nose to entertain the audience volunteer Becca.

Dante performing with a magical scarf.

Dante and Tanya take a well deserved curtain call.

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Members of Our Limbs

The traditional and contemporary Frankenstein clown, Members of Our Limbs is a frenzy of absurd and eccentric clowning. It follows the antics of three sporadically violent and markedly edgy characters as they are dragged unwittingly through their own show. The patterns of the ordinary world mixed with principles and influences of clowning are put on an operating table and dissected. A suitable set of body parts are selected and a Frankenstein clown is produced like you’ve never seen before. It’s frantic, it’s visual, it’s skillful, and above all: It’s funny.

This is the premiere production from Kallo Collective and has received noteworthy reviews as well as invitations from programmers from around the world.

The Kallo Collective performing “Members of Our Limbs”.

Non stop hilarity from this zany show.

Thom Monckton displays amazing physical skills in comedy timing.

The Kallo Collective was working with great interplay and timing.