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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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The Clown Un_Mask – Thom Monckton – New Zealand

Thom’s Monckton performed his one-man show “Moving Stationery” at the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival. What an amazing performance!

Thom Monckton performing his character ‘Sigmund’ in his one man show “Moving Stationery”.

Thom’s physical comedy routines were brilliant.

He also performs with the trio Kallo Collective that is based in Finland.

Thom Monckton photographed by Jim Moore for The Clown Un_Mask series.

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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.

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Clown Cabaret 9/20 – hosted by Jack and Diane – 2012 NY Clown Theatre Festival

(From the 2012 NY Clown Theatre Brochure)

JACK & DIANE present a cabaret of a very personal and intimate fashion. Their parents taught them that entertainment is a precious gift; and if it hurts, people will love it! Jack & Diane might just make out with you!

Featuring: Myles Goldin’s GAZEaperte Medusa did not start out how we know her today. How would you feel turning people to stone?

Bouffon Glass Menajoree Rises! Crawling back out of your nightmares, Tom Amanda and Laura plume the family nest with broken glass, twisted morals and perverted minds.

Cirque Du Soleil’s François-Guillaume LeBLanc.

Tanya Solomon in A Pretty Girl is Like.., in which Cloris Flap’s new dress inspires her to dance. Directed by Deborah Kaufmann.

Dell’arte Grads, Farfalla and Pico present an acrobatic and wild night!

And short excerpts from Lauffiti, Perhaps Perhaps … Quizas, Members of our Limbs,Moving Stationery.

Jack & Diane host the evening’s talent cabaret.

Thom Monckton performs an excerpt from his one-man show “Moving Stationery”.

Myles Goldin’s GAZEaperte Medusa

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Jack & Diane perform a little magic trick.

Jack performs a side show magic trick….Yuk!

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Gabriela Munoz performs an excerpt from her  one-woman show “Perhaps, Perhaps”.

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Farfalla and Pico perform a duet from their show.

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Matthew Belopavlovich performs an excerpt from his show “Lauffiti”.

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An excerpt from ‘Buffon Glass Menajoree”.

“Bouffon Glass Menajoree” cast performing an excerpt from their show.

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Tanya Solomon performs her ‘break-dance’ piece.

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The Kallo Collective performing an excerpt from “Members of our Limb”.

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Jack & Diane show off a little more talent.

More acrobatic skills by Jack & Diane.

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Francois-Guillaume LeBlanc performs an excerpt from his one-man show “Snooze”.

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