The Clown Cloud - Clown Culture and History

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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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Charlie Chaplin- Table Ballet

One of Charlie Chaplin’s more famous routines is the table ballet scene from the The Gold Rush from 1925

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Charlie Chaplin – The Great Dictator- Globe Scene

A classic scene of cinema, Chaplin's dance with the globe, from The Great Dictator, 1940, Chaplins first true sound film