Clowning & Caring in Mexico!
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February 18-25, 2018 | Mexico City, Mexico
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A unique event with a unique program, in collaboration with the Gesundheit Institute and IBERO University of Mexico City.
Got clowning? Got design?
Humanitarian clowns bring a fresh perspective to situations of suffering. Humanitarian designers bring a fresh perspective to recurring social problems. Get an introduction to both with Patch Adams MD and the clowns-designers of the School for Designing a Society in one fun-filled, thought-provoking week in Mexico City! In collaboration with IBERO University of Mexico City.
No previous clowning or designing experience required, this Clowning & Caring trip offers opportunities to clown in various institutions and workshops in addressing our desires for a more compassionate world.
Be part of the group of international clowns that together, with a group of local clowns and university students, will explore humanitarian clowning and humanitarian design, with daily clown visits to hospitals, shelters, mental-health institutions and streets, and daily design groups, workshops, lectures. Patch Adams will be part of the group for 2 days.
Introduction to Humanitarian Clowning: A way to bring love close.
The Red Nose of Courage: if courage means doing the needed thing in the face of fear, when is clowning a courageous act?
Re-Designing the Character of the Care-Actor: an inquiry into the character of care-givers. How can we expand it? How can we protect it?
Listening: Experimental composition invites experiments in listening. Exploring the difficulties of listening, particularly in situations of social inequality.
Clown technique I: the Art of Making Small Things Big and Big Things Small. Sometimes stressful situations disturb our sense of proportion — and clowning can help us playfully restore our sense of what’s important. Desire statement exercises. A workshop in play and imagination.
Clown technique II: Role play with performers workshop. The art of engaging people through humor and performance techniques.
Synthesis of our week’s experience. Talk-back sessions: Have I changed? What’s my next step?
Patch Adams — entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change; promotes and practices living a life of public joy as a revolutionary act; fount of ideas for avoiding burn-out in long-term social justice and health. Enthusiator.
Susan Parenti — composer, tap dancer, accordionist, activist. Familiar with the words “idealist’, ‘romantic’, ‘unrealistic’. Writes theater plays on how she wishes people would speak, rather than how they do actually speak.
Mark Enslin — composer, actor, bassoonist, guitarist, oud player, apprentice tabla player, listener, teaching composition facing the power of the respondent, assignment as an art form.
Dario Solina — composer, performer, writer, videomaker, communication designer, since 2010 performs his clown everywhere, every second; Vulnerability for Revolutionaries, teaches the art of Emphasis, MetaClowning maestro.
Further playful readings on clowning:
- Re-Designing the Character of the Care-Actor by Susan Parenti
- Metaclown by Jacob Barton
- 8 minutes by Dario Solina
The detailed day-to-day itinerary of the trip will be available when we get closer to the event, but this is what a typical day looks like:
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Travel by bus to clown at hospital, orphanage, or nursing home
- Afternoon activity (design groups, workshop, lecture)
- After dinner group activity