between clowning + activism: a trickster laboratory
A 6-day experimental laboratory exploring clowning as a form of creative activism
CALLING ACTIVIST TRICKSTERS, REBEL CLOWNS, DISOBEDIENT FOOLS, BADLY BEHAVED BUFFOONS & MISCHIEF MAKERS OF EVERY FLAVOUR
Join us for a 6-day experimental laboratory exploring clowning as a form of creative activism - facilitated by the original founders of The Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (C.I.R.C.A.) - Jay Jordan and Hilary Ramsden - together with the founder of Bristol Rebel Clowns Robyn Hambrook.
Through conversations, play, reflections and experimentation we aim to develop new methodologies for street action that will be tested ahead of COP26 in Glasgow.
MORE ABOUT THE LABORATORY
Accepting and learning from failure is surely one of the great lessons of clowns and so 17 years later some of the original founders of C.I.R.C.A together with the founder of Bristol Rebel Clowns, have decided to set up a new experiment, to critically reflect on the past history and methodologies of C.I.R.C.A in order to develop new forms of rebel clowning.
Together we’ll be exploring what it means to be a Rebel Clown in the current epoch of social and ecological crisis, how to address issues of diversity and decolonisation to have any meaningful impact on issues of equity and social justice, how to invent forms of action that are both effective in the streets and healing on our inner body-minds.
For 6 days we will reflect and invent, plot and play together, to try to find ways that the deep power of the clown can merge with the forces of resistance that are so necessary to heal this world.
Who is it for?
Clowns, theatre practitioners, circus and physical performers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, street performers and political activists and enthusiasts! Anyone interested in exploring new forms of activism or expanding their understanding of clowning as a form of political expression. And anyone who wants to use humour and laughter to change the world.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
We ask that participants commit to the full six days.
Participation is free but spaces are limited.
Deadline for applications: 13 August 2021.
You will know if you have a place by 16 August.
Meet up & introductory presentation from Jay Jordan and Hilary Ramsden.
Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Check in, warm up & 3 laboratory sessions (plus lunch break)
Arts Mansion Open Day – sharing a performance we’ve created during the week
Round up, reflection, lunch. Ends by 2pm
About the facilitatiors
Labelled a 'Domestic Extremist' by the UK police, and 'a magician of rebellion' by the French press, Jay Jordan is the co-founder of the creative direct action movements the ‘Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army’ and ‘Reclaim the Streets’ and now works with the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, a collective that merges art, activism and permaculture. They have 25 years experience using creative forms of rebellion to address climate justice and they love betwixt and between spaces of all sorts, especially where creativity and resistance, culture and nature, the masculine and feminine entangle. www.labo.zone @labofii
Hilary is a clown, researcher and lecturer in physical and visual theatre, street arts, rebel clown and a Dr. of Walking. She was a member of internationally acclaimed lesbian-feminist Siren Theatre Company and later co-artistic director of Walk & Squawk for 14 years in Michigan, USA. She was a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army (C.I.R.C.A), wearing red noses for revolution.
More info: www.walksquawk.org
Robyn HambrookRobyn is a director, teacher, performer and clown. With 20 years experience, her passions lie in street arts, circus, clowning and activism. Since 2018 she has been exploring the meeting point of Clowning and Activism through her Masters research ‘Small Circus Acts of Resistance’, at Extinction Rebellion protests and on the streets with The Bristol Rebel Clowns. During the pandemic Robyn took her work online, setting up The Online Clown Academy with Holly Stoppit, and has developed The Activist Clown Toolkit co-lab series to continue conversations and research with international collaborators.
More info: www.robynhambrook.com