Humanitarian Clowning

Humanitarian Clowning returns to Rhizome this spring with a new set of 3 Classes open to all ages- no prior experience necessary, just a willingness to be silly!

Humanitarian Clowning provides an opportunity for your inner clown to come out while giving back to your community and having lots of fun in the process.  Deriving from the European clown tradition which emphasizes connecting to our shared humanity through both humor and pathos, Humanitarian Clowning is about bringing joy to people in need in a fun, sensitive and caring way. It also involves creating a unique clown personality that is an extension of your own. RhizomeDC's classes, taught by local artist and clown Sally Brucker,  are designed to give a strong foundation in humanitarian clowning and will culminate in a group clowning visit.

Classes are $35 each, or register for the entire session for $90                                          .

Class 1: May 20th, 11-1pm Introduction to humanitarian clowning and the work of Gesundheit Institute. Warm-up exercises and exercise for ‘getting on’ your inner and outer clown. All questions answered!

Class 2: June 3rd- 11-1 pm - Dyad and group games and exercises designed to create a strong group dynamic and instill greater confidence in your clowning repertoire.

Class 3: June 17th, 11-1 pm-  Clown fashion and accessories and the ins and outs of humanitarian clowning. There will be a group public clowning experience (to be announced) and feedback session.

Upon completion of all three classes, we will all take part in an actual humanitarian clown visit.

Taught by:
Sally Brucker has clowned at hospitals, prisons, clinics, communities, and public squares in Guatemala and Ecuador. A licensed clinical social worker, special ed. teacher, art therapist and artist, she has worked with people of all ages in this area and around the world.. She was a cast member of DC Playback Theatre and London Fusion Playback Theatre.  A Takoma Park resident since 1985, Sally also creates ceremonies for individuals across the life-cycle. (www.theartfulceremony.com). Sally loves nothing more than to share her skills, learn from the innate wisdom of others and to nurture everyone’s inner creativity.