Haiti August 2009
Sarah, Tim and Suzanne, along with Dianna and two filmmakers, are now in Cap-Haitien for one week and then off to Port Au Prince for the second week. The project will consist of performances and workshops. Sarah and Tim are thrilled to be returning to Haiti, this will be their first trip back since December 2007. This will be Suzanne’s first project with CWB.
Our schedule has been grueling from the time we arrived in Piggs Peak to yesterday when we performed 3 shows for children in nearby primary schools. In the last 5 days, we have done 11 performances around Mbabane at Drop-in Centres, primary schools, and high schools. Our focus on this expedition is quite different from previous trips when we could afford to devote our energies entirely to working with the children. Beyond the routine of the shows and rehearsals, a lot of our time is spent developing group dynamics, teaching clown technique and stagecraft, and managing the logistics of feeding and organizing 8 performers. We are collaborating with more siSwatis than expected – Sibusiso, the group leader, has organized a troupe of 7 performers that have been rehearsing and practicing three days a week for the past month.