Chiapas, Mexico 2017: CWB-USA’s 100th Project

Happy New Year! We are so excited to be kicking off 2017 with a program continuing a 20-year relationship with the beautiful communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Amica Hunter, Sara Sparrow, Mooky Cornish, and team leader Rudi Galindo will tour throughout … Continue reading

Haiti Hurricane Relief

We at CWB are very, very happy that our final program of 2016 was in support of Haiti Hurricane Matthew relief. It was led by performer and veteran to CWB USA and Haiti, Chris Yerlig. On Friday, December 16th, Chris … Continue reading

Nicaragua 2016

Clowns Without Borders USA sent a troupe to Nicaragua from April 4 to 15, 2016. We worked in partnership with local non-profit Fundacco – a grassroots organization that organizes to promote hope through community development and the organization of populations for a … Continue reading

Haiti 2016

Traveling to Haïti on behalf of CWB are three physical comedians Alex ‘the Jester’ Feldman, Clay ‘Mazing’ Letson, and Chris ‘Hoopoe’ Yerlig. They will mix juggling, music, mime and improvised comedy in a venture that has been co-sponsored by the artist-envoy organization, Project Troubador. Continue reading

El Salvador 2016

Photo Credit: Lindsay Arden Cooper   Situation: El Salvador is a beautiful and majestic country with its own struggles and challenges. The people of El Salvador suffer from extreme violence. Unaccompanied minors leave El Salvador and journey to the United … Continue reading

Chiapas 2002

The Payasos presented 16 shows over 12 days in three different regions of Chiapas. The tour was well organized by the Alianza Civica with contacts and crowds ready for our arrival in every town. The Clowns are Chiapas veterans David Lichtenstein, Rudi Gallindo and newcomer Rock. It’s the family trip as David is traveling with his two children, James, 10 and Lela, 9, who clown a little with David on his solo shows. Rudi has his 15 year old man-child, Izzi, who helps with music and sound effects and clowns with us quite a bit on some shows. All six of us and the show gear are all packed in one small rented car on those beautiful but tortuous mountain roads.

Our audiences are dirt poor Mayan Indians who live on subsistence farming on tiny plots of steep mountain land in Chiapas, Mexico. These people have fought to survive and preserve their culture since the arrival of the Spanish 500 years ago. Tens of thousands of refugees from violent conflict in the last 8 years exasperate endemic poverty. Continue reading

Chiapas 1999

David, Rudy and Moshe go in Chiapas to clown for some of Mexico’s poorest children. As always, and we are always happy to hear people ask us to come back, to bring others to Chiapas. The rewards are great indeed, some of the most beautiful people and country on this planet, and the most innocent audiences ready for clowning.
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Haiti 2006

This trip to Haiti is the beginning of much more clown work to take place there. We plan to perform more, do more workshops, make more juggling balls, build a circus…and one day maybe even eat the moon… Continue reading

Haiti 2005

Gonaives is one of the poorest cities in Haiti and has been the flashpoint for violent protest in the past due to the miserable conditions there. Ironically, the terrible flooding last fall has indirectly caused conditions to temporarily improve here by bringing in so many NGO emergency teams. Still, people are hungry here: even the people at the CARE hotel who serve us food are sometimes going hungry themselves Continue reading

Chiapas 2015: Poverty and Displacement

This project is a continuation of 15 years of CWB projects in Chiapas. Our 3 clowns will be partnering with the Save the Children organization to bring clown performances and physical theater workshops to Indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Continue reading

Haiti 2014

CWB is currently in Haiti! Read about our work in Haiti and check out updates from the project here. Continue reading

Haiti 2013: Trainings and Show Creation

Project Haiti March 2013! CWB partnership with Terre des Hommes. Selena, Lucho and Leah returned to partner with our friends at Terre des Hommes. Continue reading

Haiti November 2011

Project Haiti November 2011. CWB Partnership with War Child Canada A Pre-Project : October 29-Nov 13, 2011 The clowns will first perform with WCC camps in Jacmel, and then return to Port au Prince for concentrated teacher training workshops with youth leaders that work with the children War Child serves. Continue reading

Haiti May/June 2011

CWB has completed a most wonderful collaboration with Terre Des Hommes this spring!
We offered a 5 week training in Les Cayes and Grand Goave, bringing in 7 artists! We collaborated with Terre des Hommes for the second time, building on a project started in September 2010. Our volunteer artists taught (and played with) the same group of community leaders and children to continue the training in circus skills, physical comedy and the psycho-social relief. Continue reading

Haiti Tour III 2010

Since Sept 4th Clowns Without Borders USA has been in the field working with Terre des Hommes, a child protection organization based in Port au Prince, Haiti and with field posts in Grand Goave (the epicenter of the January earthquake) and Les Cayes. We’ve been invited to do “a training of the teachers” work in clown, acrobatics, juggling and psychosocial support as it relates to play. For two weeks we’ve taught workshops in the mornings to child educators and then each afternoon we’ve worked with a group of 20 children, developing circus routines and playing games. The children we’ve been teaching have been featured guests in each of our performances. Continue reading

Chiapas 2008

Nick Trotter writes from Chiapas, Mexico where he joined Rudi Galindo on a Clowns Without Borders project in January 2008. Continue reading

Chiapas 2001

Caravana de la Risa Tour
Despite the rapprochement of the Zapatistas and newly elected president Fox, tangible reforms and passage of an effective indigenous law replicating the 1996 accords in San Andreas. Congress did just pass a new indigenous law but took most of the key provisions such as territorial rights, community jurisdiction and mineral rights out of the law. Watered down to the extent that opposition (PRD) deputies walked out of the Congress during debates in protest. Continue reading

Haiti 2013: Clowns with a Trapeze Tour

Our team for this tour is big- six funny people in all! And we’ll be coming together from all across the United States; from LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. But wait! It gets better! This CWB-USA project features clowns that can FLY! Along with seasoned CWB-USA volunteers David Clay, Jan Damm, and Gwendolyn Rooker, we’re sending aerialist, Caitlyn Larsson, and a couple clowns who play in the air, Kolleen Kintz and Bobby Kintz! Continue reading

Mexico 2013: Chiapas

Clowns Without Borders has been leading projects in Chiapas since 2000. For this year’s project CWB partnered with Alianza and Save the Children. Three artists performed for
predominantly displaced indigenous children who have found themselves in
the inner city of Tuxtla Gutirrez working on the streets selling everything from
hand made artisan crafts to cigarettes and chicklets bubble gum.
Continue reading

Haiti Tour V 2010

CWB USA and PSF Spain are working together again with Plan International. Kristi Hughes, Michael Oneill and Erin Crites will join Spanish clown, Pedro Izquierda to perform and provide workshops for children in Jacmel and Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. Continue reading

Haiti Tour IV 2010

This October (2010), three CWB volunteers visited Haiti to visit temporary camps run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Port-au-Prince.
During the project, the clowns offered 8-12 performances reaching 4,000-5,000 children and the broader community, a number of circus/theatre workshops with children and hold two half day training sessions for IRC educators in teaching circus and theatre games to build capacity for play activities to continue throughout the year. Continue reading

Haiti Tour I 2010

Following the aftermath of the earthquakes of January 12, 2010, Clowns Without Borders international was approached by many organizations working on relief efforts in Haiti. Payasos Sin Fronteras (CWB-Spain) and Clowns San Frontieres (CWB-Canada) immediately sent groups to Haiti in mid-February. In March CWB USA in collaboration with PSF, Plan International, Handicap International and SOS Villages, sent two teams of artists to the work with children and adults whose lives have been devastated by the earthquakes. Continue reading

Haiti Tour II 2010

In 2010 we were planning four projects in Haiti. These projects would have focused on performances for large and small audiences, workshops for street children in and around Port Au Prince, peer educators who go into their own communities to bring awareness to HIV and AIDS and local performing artists with hopes for empowering Haitians through physical theatre, clown and social circus. After the earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, our focus shifted. We are now working with our international partners and local NGOs working in Haiti to bring small moments of relief to those affected by the trauma of the earthquakes. Continue reading

Guatemala 2010

CWB returns to Guatemala for a third time since 2005, when Hurricane Stan destroyed communities in the northwest highlands. Our work in Guatemala this time will consist of performances for all ages as well as clown workshops for youth and their teachers. Our main collaborator in Guatemala is Stephane Gue, director of Proyecto Payaso, an organization dedicated to raising awareness around HIV/AIDS through clown performances and workshops. Our collaborator in El Salvador is Robyn Braverman with Save the Children. El Salvador was recently (November 2009) hit by Storm Ida leaving thousands homeless and without access to basic needs. There we will perform in schools and provide youth groups with skills that allow them to use creative theatre in their organizational work and in their communities. Although we will only be in El Salvador for 3 days, in that time we will visit 5 different communities. In Guatemala we will spend time in remote communities outside Quetzaltenango, Sololá, Suchitepequez, and Izabal. Continue reading

Chiapas 2010

Rudi, Michal and Andi-Lou performed in and around Chiapas in January and February. The project included a nine day collaboration with Save the Children. Continue reading

Chiapas 2011

Rudi returned to Chiapas this winter to work in Zapatista Caricoles with Schools for Chiapas.org. To continue to train and mentor new CWB touring clowns. Continue reading

Haiti August 2009

Situation: In August 2009, Clowns Without Borders returned to Haiti. This time CWB explored a new area and traveled north to the second largest city in the nation, Cap-Haitien. Partnering with Sonje Ayiti, CWB performers performed in rural areas for small groups of children, at orphanages, churches and community centers. During the second week of the project the group returned to familiar audiences in and around Port Au Prince, including four performances in the slums of Martissant and Cite Soleil. The volunteers also worked to strengthen relations and seek out the needs of the local youth organizations to lay the foundation for future projects. Continue reading

Haiti March 2009

Still in awe of the harsh living conditions that most in Haiti live in, Deven’s accounts of our expedition to the poorest country in the western hemisphere attempts to capture some of the experience. Continue reading

Guatemala 2008

In fourteen days we did 18 shows plus two workshops and entertained almost 5000 children!
This was a follow-up to our trip to the same region in 2006 when we toured communities that had been devastated by Hurricane Stan, killing over 1000 people and cutting off nearly every road in the country. The highlands of western Guatemala are heavily populated by Indigenous Mayan people, most of whom live in extreme poverty. The area is also plagued by a high level of violence left over from a genocidal war waged by the Guatemalan military (with US support) from the 1970’s through the early 1990’s. Continue reading

Guatemala 2006

Clowns Without Borders USA is fresh back from a trip to Guatemala. This trip was launched with the idea of bringing smiles to children and adults in the communities most affected by torrential rains and mudslides caused by Hurricane Stan in October 2005. Clowns Without Borders is an International organization that brings laughter and relief to people affected by war and disaster all over the globe.
Over 1,000 people were killed in Guatemala, mostly by tremendous mudslides that drowned houses and whole villages. Rebuilding and replanting are still very much in progress in these poor indigenous villages and many people are still on emergency food aid and in temporary housing. Continue reading

Chiapas 2004

Rudi returns to Chiapas to clown solo for the first two weeks of 2004. Continue reading

Chiapas 2003

Because of the smoky atmosphere from the fires burning in this unusually dry season, the sun was a neon orange, and it was framed by a cascade of almost vertical slopes topped with blunt nubs. Long story short, in this otherworldly place, we took an opportunity during the show to sneak into the church and disappear into its cool darkness with giggles and clown glee. We closed the doors and waited a moment, only to emerge with nothing to show for our actions. We were told later, after we ended the show early, that most of the people didn«t like the performance, because it was “of the world”. So the bananas rode out of The Bananas with food for thought and a forlorn cry: “Adios! Los Platanos!” Continue reading

Guatemala 2000

The Payasos Mural Project in Guatemala lasted 3 weeks, and during this time, we worked at three different locations: ‘El Refugio’ and Nujuju ( homeless street boys’ shelters, administered by Casa Alianza) and el Basurero (the dump, working with Cuarto Mundo, a human rights organization) in Guatemala City. We created 5 different murals with the street boys and children of the dump in this sort time. This is an incredible amount of painting, but can be justified because it filled the need for a healthy and expressive activity for these children, the poorest of the poor, who had such a strong desire to paint. Continue reading

Chiapas 1998

Show in the afternoon in the INI for some 50 kids, displaced from three communities near Chenalho…stories about discordance amongst the families, no clear leadership amongst three disparate groups living communally in a barn like structure. After the show the kids are treated to popsicles, they all line up and one by one tell the young boy working the ice cream cart what they want. There us great excitement as the piñatas are strung up. The kids are separated by age group and each group rings around their piñata strung up over the branch of a large tree. Faces squirm and explode with each stick swing, miss, hit and then scramble on the ground in a big cloud of dust when the piñata breaks. A couple of social workers try to infiltrate the scrimmage to calm the fury of hands scooping candy but they are unable. A huge bag of cheap plastic toys are distributed, the kids are looking happy. Continue reading

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Chiapas, Mexico 2017: CWB-USA’s 100th Project

Happy New Year! We are so excited to be kicking off 2017 with a program continuing a 20-year relationship with the beautiful communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Amica Hunter, Sara Sparrow, Mooky Cornish, and team leader Rudi Galindo will tour throughout … Continue reading

Haiti Hurricane Relief

We at CWB are very, very happy that our final program of 2016 was in support of Haiti Hurricane Matthew relief. It was led by performer and veteran to CWB USA and Haiti, Chris Yerlig. On Friday, December 16th, Chris … Continue reading

Nicaragua 2016

Clowns Without Borders USA sent a troupe to Nicaragua from April 4 to 15, 2016. We worked in partnership with local non-profit Fundacco – a grassroots organization that organizes to promote hope through community development and the organization of populations for a … Continue reading

Haiti 2016

Traveling to Haïti on behalf of CWB are three physical comedians Alex ‘the Jester’ Feldman, Clay ‘Mazing’ Letson, and Chris ‘Hoopoe’ Yerlig. They will mix juggling, music, mime and improvised comedy in a venture that has been co-sponsored by the artist-envoy organization, Project Troubador. Continue reading

El Salvador 2016

Photo Credit: Lindsay Arden Cooper   Situation: El Salvador is a beautiful and majestic country with its own struggles and challenges. The people of El Salvador suffer from extreme violence. Unaccompanied minors leave El Salvador and journey to the United … Continue reading

Chiapas 2015: Poverty and Displacement

This project is a continuation of 15 years of CWB projects in Chiapas. Our 3 clowns will be partnering with the Save the Children organization to bring clown performances and physical theater workshops to Indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Continue reading

Haiti 2014

CWB is currently in Haiti! Read about our work in Haiti and check out updates from the project here. Continue reading

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Haiti 2013: Clowns with a Trapeze Tour

Our team for this tour is big- six funny people in all! And we’ll be coming together from all across the United States; from LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. But wait! It gets better! This CWB-USA project features clowns that can FLY! Along with seasoned CWB-USA volunteers David Clay, Jan Damm, and Gwendolyn Rooker, we’re sending aerialist, Caitlyn Larsson, and a couple clowns who play in the air, Kolleen Kintz and Bobby Kintz! Continue reading

Haiti 2013: Trainings and Show Creation

Project Haiti March 2013! CWB partnership with Terre des Hommes. Selena, Lucho and Leah returned to partner with our friends at Terre des Hommes. Continue reading

Mexico 2013: Chiapas

Clowns Without Borders has been leading projects in Chiapas since 2000. For this year’s project CWB partnered with Alianza and Save the Children. Three artists performed for
predominantly displaced indigenous children who have found themselves in
the inner city of Tuxtla Gutirrez working on the streets selling everything from
hand made artisan crafts to cigarettes and chicklets bubble gum.
Continue reading

Haiti November 2011

Project Haiti November 2011. CWB Partnership with War Child Canada A Pre-Project : October 29-Nov 13, 2011 The clowns will first perform with WCC camps in Jacmel, and then return to Port au Prince for concentrated teacher training workshops with youth leaders that work with the children War Child serves. Continue reading

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Haiti May/June 2011

CWB has completed a most wonderful collaboration with Terre Des Hommes this spring!
We offered a 5 week training in Les Cayes and Grand Goave, bringing in 7 artists! We collaborated with Terre des Hommes for the second time, building on a project started in September 2010. Our volunteer artists taught (and played with) the same group of community leaders and children to continue the training in circus skills, physical comedy and the psycho-social relief. Continue reading

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Chiapas 2011

Rudi returned to Chiapas this winter to work in Zapatista Caricoles with Schools for Chiapas.org. To continue to train and mentor new CWB touring clowns. Continue reading

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Haiti Tour V 2010

CWB USA and PSF Spain are working together again with Plan International. Kristi Hughes, Michael Oneill and Erin Crites will join Spanish clown, Pedro Izquierda to perform and provide workshops for children in Jacmel and Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. Continue reading

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Haiti Tour IV 2010

This October (2010), three CWB volunteers visited Haiti to visit temporary camps run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Port-au-Prince.
During the project, the clowns offered 8-12 performances reaching 4,000-5,000 children and the broader community, a number of circus/theatre workshops with children and hold two half day training sessions for IRC educators in teaching circus and theatre games to build capacity for play activities to continue throughout the year. Continue reading

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Haiti Tour III 2010

Since Sept 4th Clowns Without Borders USA has been in the field working with Terre des Hommes, a child protection organization based in Port au Prince, Haiti and with field posts in Grand Goave (the epicenter of the January earthquake) and Les Cayes. We’ve been invited to do “a training of the teachers” work in clown, acrobatics, juggling and psychosocial support as it relates to play. For two weeks we’ve taught workshops in the mornings to child educators and then each afternoon we’ve worked with a group of 20 children, developing circus routines and playing games. The children we’ve been teaching have been featured guests in each of our performances. Continue reading

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Guatemala 2010

CWB returns to Guatemala for a third time since 2005, when Hurricane Stan destroyed communities in the northwest highlands. Our work in Guatemala this time will consist of performances for all ages as well as clown workshops for youth and their teachers. Our main collaborator in Guatemala is Stephane Gue, director of Proyecto Payaso, an organization dedicated to raising awareness around HIV/AIDS through clown performances and workshops. Our collaborator in El Salvador is Robyn Braverman with Save the Children. El Salvador was recently (November 2009) hit by Storm Ida leaving thousands homeless and without access to basic needs. There we will perform in schools and provide youth groups with skills that allow them to use creative theatre in their organizational work and in their communities. Although we will only be in El Salvador for 3 days, in that time we will visit 5 different communities. In Guatemala we will spend time in remote communities outside Quetzaltenango, Sololá, Suchitepequez, and Izabal. Continue reading

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Haiti Tour II 2010

In 2010 we were planning four projects in Haiti. These projects would have focused on performances for large and small audiences, workshops for street children in and around Port Au Prince, peer educators who go into their own communities to bring awareness to HIV and AIDS and local performing artists with hopes for empowering Haitians through physical theatre, clown and social circus. After the earthquakes that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010, our focus shifted. We are now working with our international partners and local NGOs working in Haiti to bring small moments of relief to those affected by the trauma of the earthquakes. Continue reading

haiti I 2010

Haiti Tour I 2010

Following the aftermath of the earthquakes of January 12, 2010, Clowns Without Borders international was approached by many organizations working on relief efforts in Haiti. Payasos Sin Fronteras (CWB-Spain) and Clowns San Frontieres (CWB-Canada) immediately sent groups to Haiti in mid-February. In March CWB USA in collaboration with PSF, Plan International, Handicap International and SOS Villages, sent two teams of artists to the work with children and adults whose lives have been devastated by the earthquakes. Continue reading

chiapas 2010

Chiapas 2010

Rudi, Michal and Andi-Lou performed in and around Chiapas in January and February. The project included a nine day collaboration with Save the Children. Continue reading