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Clowns in the world

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For thousands of years, around the globe, clowns have played an essential societal role, bringing communities together through laughter in the midst of the serious, painful, and mundane aspects of life providing refreshing, poetic perspective ; empowering the disenfranchised by turning power dynamics (sometimes literally) upside-down. Indigenous cultures have often had sacred clowns as an integral part of daily life in their community.

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One essential difference between a theater character and a clown is that the clown plays for and reacts to each audience in the moment: there is direct contact and a live interaction between the two. Even with a written script there is improvisation, and the show continues to evolve and change over time.

Today, clowns continue to play an integral role in today’s societies, on stage, in the circus, in films, as well as in more surprising contexts.

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Clowns Without Borders International

15 capítulos em 15 países, cerca de 120 projetos por ano, pessoas diferentes, culturas diferentes, uma linguagem comum: o riso.

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Clowns Without Borders International

15 Partnervereine in 15 Ländern, die mit etwa 120 Projekten pro Jahr für verschiedene Menschen und Kulturen eine gemeinsame Sprache teilen: das Lachen

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Clowns Without Borders International

15 capítulos en 15 países, alrededor de 120 proyectos por año, gente diferente, culturas diferentes, un idioma común: la risa.

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Clowns Without Borders International

15 chapitres dans 15 pays, environ 120 projets par an, des personnes différentes, des cultures différentes, une langue commune : le rire.

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Clowns Without Borders International

15 chapters in 15 countries, about 120 projects per year, different people, different cultures, one common language: laughter.