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Vaudevisuals Gallery – John Towsen and Jan Greenfield

John Towsen and Jan Greenfield @ NY Clown Theater Festival 1983John Towsen and Jan Greenfield in their “Conflict/No Resolution – A Clown Expose”

Performed in March 1982 at BACA, Downtown Brooklyn. Directed by Ron Wilson

“This is an old-fashioned (neo-Brechtian)(semi-structuralist)private eye investigation into the angst of modern man as reflected in the dilated eyes of ten clown-offenders”

Photograph originally published in the 1983 program for The New York Clown Theater Festival.

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The Clown Un_Mask – Helen Donnelly – Toronto, Canada

Helen Donnelly posing for the Clown Un_Mask portrait.

Helen Donnelly in her one-woman show “Saucisse: A Foo Musical”.

Helen Donnelly in another scene from her one-woman show.

For more information on her show go here!

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The Clown Un_Mask – Mona Ray – Clown – Finland

Mona Ray performing in her one-woman show “Don’t Run, RUSH!” at the 2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival.

Mona Ray performing one of her many characters  in her one-woman show “Don’t run, RUSH!” at The Brick Theater.

Mona Ray performing in her wedding gown in the one-woman show “Don’t run, RUSH!” Directed by Lilli Sukula-Lindblom.

Mona Ray in the hallway Un_Mask.

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Super Spectacular! To Opera with Love – Dononvan Ensemble – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

2 Showmen – 6 Operas – 1 hysterical hour!

Merril Garrick and his assistant Emmett take the audience on a roller coaster ride of hilarity by presenting absurdly reinvented seven-minute versions of the world’s greatest operas.

Johnnie Niel (Emmett) and Joe Kolbow (Merril Garrick) perform their wonderful OPERA tribute…

Emmett helps Merril Garrick with his coat. (all thru the show)

They perform complete operas ranging from Carmen to La Boheme to …

….Madame Butterfly

Emmet (with his traveling poncho) and Merril are ready to finish the show.

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For more information on the Donovan Ensemble go HERE!

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2012 New York Clown Theatre Festival – Clown Cabaret – Sept 13th, 2012

Hosted by Fantasy Grandma

Fantasy Grandma hosts the NY Clown Theatre Festival CABARET

Summer Shapiro dances with audience volunteer in excerpt from IN THE BOUDOIR

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Billy Schultz performing as Gooper Junior in the “Re-enactments of Country Life”.

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Karim Muasher and Carrie Brown perform in the “Vindlevoss Family Circus”.

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Z Smith performs as Pepito in ‘Pepito’s Big Date’.

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Fontaine and Bernie are Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith in “We’re Not Here”.

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Mona Ray performing an excerpt from her one-woman show “Don’t Run, RUSH!”

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Mister & Missus Clown perform in “Blind Love”.

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Check out the upccoming shows and Cabarets at The New York Clown Theatre Festival.

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Best of 2010 – New York Clown Theatre Festival

Thinking about the upcoming 2012 Edition of the NY Clown Theatre Festival I remembered doing lots of photographs at the 2010 Festival. Here are some of the highlights from that great, fun Festival. Hope you will come out to this years!

Eric Davis hosting an evening of Clown Cabaret at the Festival.

Peter Musante and Summer Shapiro performing in the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Gabriela Munoz performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Butt Kapinsky performing on location for the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Will Shaw performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

There were lots more clowns at the 2010 Festival and you can see them all here.

Consider attending this year’s shows as they are all new, from all over the world in a very intimate theater. THE BRICK.

For more information on the festival go HERE!

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Caroline Simonds – A Hard Act to Follow!

In the early 1980’s I became famaliar with a lovely cafe on a quiet short block in NY’s West Village. The Cornelia Street Cafe was a hotbed of creative people performing, reading poetry and prose and exhibiting their art on the walls of the cafe. One of the performers I met was a lovely, tall and fire eyed woman named Caroline Simonds. Born in Washington DC she immigrated to France at the age of 20 after having graduated from Bennington. Having just come to NY from Paris, she exuded a unique ‘wonderous’ spirit which manifested itself in her performing character ‘Ratapuce’.
Caroline as ‘RATAPUCE’.
She had a new daughter Lailah Melusine Cordiere Simonds that modeled for me a few years later to become the ‘poster child’ of The New York Clown Theatre Festival in 1983.
Laila – Poster Child for NY International Festival of Clown Theatre 1983
Poster Shot for Festival

Caroline had seeked out the ‘masters’ and studied in Paris with acrobat Tudor Bono, mime Etienne Decroux, and music teacher Betsy Jolas and Michel Debost.

In 1971, in Paris, she co-founded ‘The Palace of Wonders’ with street performer, eccentric Jules Cordiere. Her character Ratapuce traveled the globe for 10 years with The Palace of Wonders. After coming to New York she started ‘Pandemonium and the Dragonfly’ performing as a singer, musician, clown and actress.


In 1988 she joined the Big Apple Circus and began a love affair with Clown Doctoring.

Dr. Josette Giraffe was born!

Dr. Josette Giraffe

Being awestruck by Baudelaire,and Camembert she (with a few grants) moved back to Paris to create Le Rire Medicin, the first group of it’s kind in Europe. This highly improvisational team was interactive with the healthcare professionals and had ongoing medical and artistic training. (Read more about Clown Doctors in France  here!) Today Le Rire Medicin is present in 15 French hospitals and employs 80 specially trained professional hopiclowns. Caroline and Le Rire Medicin are presently creating a school to train future hospital clowns. Caroline co-wrote with Dr. Bernie Warren The Clown Doctor Chronicles (Albin Michel 2001, Rodopi 2003and Les Editions Rire Medecin in 2008). She also received one of France’s most prestigious awards in 2002 The Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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Like I said she is a hard act to follow.

Keep  up the great work Caroline!

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