Clown Encuentro 2011
Tim is representing CWB this year at the Encuentro, teaching, presenting and facilitating interventions a la Clowns Without Borders. CWB is grateful to the organizers and inspiring forces behind the Encuentro. The Clown Encuentro is a prime example of sustainability in community based clowning and social circus.
The background: For the last three years, Clowns Without Borders has partnered with local clowns in Colombia to participate in some extraordinary community performances and workshops. The Clown Encuentro is a one-of-a-kind ‘meeting of clowns’ in South America. It offers daily workshops and presentations from performers from around the world. Each afternoon participants join in ‘fabricas’ in which they train together intensively to build an intervention which they bring out into communities in and around Bogotá. The clowns will perform in hospitals, community centers and streets in impoverished communities.
A short update from Tim, Nov. 2, 2011.
We had a great show/intervention yesterday in a mountain side community outside of Bogotá, the audience was a packed room of about 100 kids, many involved with child prosititution and drug running. Some were also involved as forced ‘volunteers’ in the paramilitary movment going on here. You would never know it by the smiles and laughter…even on the faces of the ‘toughest’ looking kids. It was quite inspiring to see the clowns connect so strongly to each other and the audience of laughing children.