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Angela Delfini Explains It All For You: A ¾-Woman Show
Angela gets her temper going as the audience member tries to help her to get her shoe on.
From the Festival brochure:
Straight from Barcelona, Toronto, and La Spezia, meet Italy’s greatest export, personality pioneer Dr. Angela Delfini, and her nervous but brave subject, Estrella. Join them on a clownesque five-step recovery program full of unique challenges and you-can’t-go-home-again transformations. Can the maniacally confident Delfini get the stuck-in-beta Estrella to dance and laugh her way to version 2.0 and beyond?? Probably, but not without your help!
Angela’s show will be performed on the following dates and times at the Festival.
Saturday, September 8 @ 7pm
Tuesday, September 11 @ 7pm
Sunday, September 23 @ 2pm
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Sitting in the front row was a young ‘Harpo’ commenting on almost all the acts on stage. (His mother has her hand over face)
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Look at What We Found
A clown ensemble from San Diego, California had to deal with the young ‘Harpo’ as he got involved in the show
The ensemble got into an improv of the previous clown act.
Headed up by Tommy Galan the ensemble worked with a guitar player as well.
From the Festival Brochure:
Look At What We Found is a theatrical improvised clown performance that invites the audience into a world where they can let go of their rigid adult lives, surrender to play, and find the joy and magic they left behind as children. The clowns begin with the stage and theater as their blank canvas, and with one brush stroke of stupidity at a time they build a tapestry of games, play, interaction and fun. Together, clowns and audience will Look At What We Found!
One more performance!
Saturday, September 8 @ 3pm
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Jon is an accomplished clown and performed one piece in this cabaret. His remaining time with the festival will be teaching a workshop on Sat/Sunday. His performance was delightful.
Utilizing his clown skills and a comedic visual built into his costume Jon charmed the audience.
Nothing like ‘reaching out to your audience’.
Getting into the audience and making it work is one of the routines of a great clown.
Happy World Circus Day! This year’s theme is collaboration and cooperation for the future of circus, making today an ideal opportunity to announce our Circus Arts program at the 2017 Folklife Festival. As part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations, Circus Arts will take people behind the scenes of circus life to explore the culture and artistry of one of America’s most important and historic performance art traditions.
We are proud to present a program that celebrates the circus because it reflects the incredible diversity of people, history, and creative energy in our country and our world. Like the Folklife Festival, it provides a way for people from all over the world to share their arts, foods, languages, rituals, and other customs. For many Americans in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the circus brought glimpses of a wider world through dazzling sights, sounds, and stunts—a living antecedent of the internet.
After weathering a period of some decline, circus arts are now experiencing a grassroots revival focused on live human performance and creativity. Circus arts are bubbling up once again all over the country through new circus schools and community-based organizations created by veteran artists. Their collective stories and recollections comprise a very important part of the American experience.
Artists and coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, lighting and sound technicians, prop and tent designers, riggers, poster artists, wagon builders, cooks, and many others whose collective work brings the circus to life will come together on the National Mall to share their experiences.
Focused on human physicality and performance finesse, the program will bring veteran and retired circus greats together with a new generation of artists who are now pushing the craft toward new directions and limits. We hope that circus artists from past, present, and future will enrich us all with their collective artistry and skills.
Join us to experience a flight on a trapeze—or the discovery of a hidden clown personality. Learn the basics of concentrated juggling and acrobatics—or what it takes to walk a high wire. Easy? Not exactly!
We look forward to sharing more information about this exciting program and about the traditions, artistry, and skills that keep the circus arts alive and engaging.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on this program, and join us in Washington, D.C., June 29 through July 4 and July 6 through 9, 2017, to celebrate the circus arts at the 2017 Folklife Festival. Together, let’s ensure a vibrant future for circus.
Preston Scott is the curator for the 2017 Circus Artsprogram and a resident of Sarasota, Florida—historical headquarters to many circus artists and organizations.