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Monday, October 10, 2016


Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) will be conducting a three-day workshop in Durban in order to expand their database of KwaZulu-Natal artists wishing to develop their clowning skills.

Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is an artist-led humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play. Since its inception in 2004, Clowns Without Borders South Africa has implemented more than 800 interventions with performances and arts-based workshops for over 400,000 children and families.

Using physical comedy, music, storytelling, and dance, CWBSA performances are offered freely by professional artists from throughout Southern Africa to provide momentary relief to large numbers of children and adults. They help transform places of grief and emotional suffering into celebrations of laughter, joy and hope, whilst also raising awareness of important issues facing communities relating to the experience of those affected. These include HIV prevention, gender sensitivity, poverty, and nonviolent conflict resolution. The organisation's work has reached numerous other countries including: Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sweden, Lithuania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. CWBSA maintains a spirit of peace, joy, compassion and loving kindness in all of our endeavours.

Funded in part by a generous subsidy from the National Lotteries Commission, the workshop will be led by CWBSA Artistic Director, Jayne Batzofin, who has seven years of experience developing her clowning skills. Although Batzofin thoroughly enjoys these intensive play sessions, her repertoire includes circus, theatrical as well as hospital clowning.

The workshop will cover the basics of theatrical clowning as well as the methodology behind the work provided by CWBSA.

Although no previous clowning experience is required, participants must have a vested interest in a performance field eg music, singing, dancing, circus, acting, and storytelling. The workshop will highlight the social upliftment that CWBSA provides.

On completing the workshop, participants will be placed in the CWBSA Artist database, and could be called upon for to participate in future CWBSA tours of the province.

The workshop will take place from October 27 to 29 at the Rhumbelow Theatre,.42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road, Umbilo, Durban. The workshop will run between 09h30 to 16h00 on all three days. The workshop cost is R150 for the three days, however bursaries to cover workshop cost and local transport (public transportation within 100km radius of Durban city centre) are available upon request.

Bookings are required as space is limited. To book, email Jayne at Participants are asked to supply a brief biography/CV and head-shot.

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