HAPPY half HOUR in Confinement

At CLOWN ME IN, we got sick of being confined at home. But we didn’t to mix in with people to keep all risks as low as possible. This is why we decided to get together and play VIRTUALLY.

We came up with the HAPPY half HOUR.

It is a virtual gathering on the video chat app ZOOM where the host Sabine Choucair prepared some fun social therapy exercises that can be done from home. The ZOOM meeting was broadcasted LIVE on both Facebook and Instagram and had many participants who shared their camera view with us, and others who joined unseen from behind the screen.

We laughed, cried, jumped up and down, left and right, and turned in circles to get the blood moving again in our body. We shared many fun moments during those calls and it was well received from hundreds of people who joined and watched and participated.

Watch the live broadcasts

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Activities in Confinement with KAFA

Are you at home? You’re 1 year old or a 100 years old?
CLOWN ME IN decided to share games you can play alone or with your family at home to keep a good physical and psychological routine.

For these videos, we collaborated with KAFA Association to create 5 videos giving people at home ideas that are safe to do at home with the family.

Now share it and play it. But most importantly, GET OFF THE SCREEN and enjoy your time

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قاعد/ة بالبيت؟ عمرك سنة او ١٠٠ ؟
نحنا بفريق “كلاون مي ان” بلّشنا نسجّل العاب ممكن تلعبوها لحالكن او مع اهلكن / اولادكم بالبيت للحفاظ عالصّحة النفسية والجسدية.
اوّل ٥ العاب كانوا بالتعاون مع جمعية كفى
شيّروها والعبوها واهم شي زيحوا من قدّام الشاشة

Clowning Through the Revolution!

What a time to be a clown! We’ve been trying really hard to keep up with our politicians since October 17th, but they’re really proving to be the ultimate competition. 

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Photo by Nadim Kamel during the Clown Walk

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Photo by Jocelyn Daoud

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Due to the circumstances, we took a short break between October and November to be on the streets with everyone else, marching in the protests and performing for people in the streets (it’s what we do best, after all!), as well as helping keep the human chain in line! 

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We also gave a free workshop, led by Giovanni Fusetti, which was open to any caring citizen wishing to explore the connection between the theatre and political, social and environmental action, both on an intellectual level and in an experimental, playful way. The workshop was a great success, and the number of people wanting to sign up made us realise how much we can do to help, in our own way! We’ll be utilising our new space over the course of the new year to host free, monthly, open workshops and other sessions to help people deal with the stress of the current situation, so keep an eye out on our social media channels to find out when they’ll be happening!

 

Clown&Clown Festival – Monte San Giusto, Italy

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Sabine Choucair, Lebanese humanitarian clown and founder of Clown Me In, received the Il Clown nel Cuore 2019 award at the Clown&Clown Festival in Monte San Giusto, Italy, for her work using the art of clowning on the streets and in crisis and conflict zones with refugees, disadvantaged communities, women, and diverse social groups around the world.

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More than 10,000 people attended the award ceremony. The Il Clown nel Cuore award recognizes artists who combine comedy and the joy of living with humanitarian missions in solidarity with those in need, thus becoming models for the community.

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Over the years, the award has recognized the work of big names, including Andrea Caschetto, Dario Ballantini, and Patch Adams. 

Sabine Choucair is the first woman to receive this award.


حازت سابين شقير، المهرجة والناشطة اللبنانية ومؤسسة Clown Me In ، على جائزة Il Clown nel Cuore 2019 في مهرجان Clown & Clown في مونتي سان جيوستو، إيطاليا، عن عملها باستخدام فن التهريج في الشوارع وفي مناطق الأزمات والنزاعات مع اللاجئين والمجتمعات المحرومة والنساء والفئات الاجتماعية المتنوعة في جميع أنحاء العالم

حضر المهرجان وحفل توزيع الجوائز أكثر من 10000 شخص 

تعترف جائزة Il Clown nel Cuore بالفنانين الذين يَجمعون بين الكوميديا والفرح والمهام الإنسانية تضامنا مع المحتاجين، وبالتالي يصبحون نموذجا يحتذى به في المجتمع

على مر السنين، أعطيت هذه الجائزة لأسماء كبيرة تم الاحتفاء بأعمالهم، ومنهم Andrea Caschetto و Dario Ballantini و Patch Adams.

سابين شقير هي أول امرأة تحصل على هذه الجائزة

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Our New Location

One of our biggest achievements this year is acquiring our own location: CLOWN ME IN THE HOUSE!

In the past year and a half, we changed 3 different locations, each time packing and unpacking and reorganize all our clown gear. Not going through the details of the past 12 years 🙂
Can you imagine how much clown gear we have? All our fun props, hoops, costumes, kazoos and crazy stuff that you might find  in a clown’s bag? 😂

But finally, WE MADE IT.

The new space is serving as our Clown Me In rehearsals space used for Clown shows, The Caravan Project, and of course as the very very serious classroom for the students and teachers of IIVVSS

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The new location is supported by SintraCo who offered us the space,
and Fondation SESAM and DROSOS who partially funded the furnishing of the interior.

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Cleaning and setting up the space in September by the clowns

Clown Tour 2018 Schedule

We are in the process of preparing for our 2018 LEBANON TOUR, in collaboration with the new clowns from We Must Clown

We have been working all of October with Sabine Choucair from Clown Me In, and Stephen Sobal from All In Theatre, to train new members, create a new show, and prepare for a wonderful experience that will travel Lebanon to perform 24 times in 24 different area.

We will be joined by Hannah Elisabeth (who toured with us last year) and Brendon Gawel from Clowns without Borders USA to share the experience with us and share their joy with the children and adults in Lebanon

Check out the schedule and where you’ll be meeting us

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In partnership with ALL IN Theater, and Clowns Without Borders USA.
Supported by British Council and Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Middle East Office, Beirut

The Tenth Performing the World (PTW)

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Sabine recently participated in the tenth Performing the World (PTW) conference that was held in New York City from the 21st till the 23rd of September, 2018.

Sabine gave a clowning workshop to more than 35 therapists and theatre practitioners. They talked and experimented on how to use different forms of art and theatre as therapeutic tools and forms of activism.

Performing the World is a platform that has a developmental attitude towards life by exploring and celebrating performance as a catalyst for human and community development and culture chance. The conference addresses the need to develop performance activism as an essential tool in developing the world: “We have to perform the world again because – and we’re all involved in this – this one stinks”, said co-founder Newman in 2008.

Sabine met some very inspiring people who led incredible initiatives all around the world, of which was Patch Adams, the comedian, activist, clown and author.

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Clown Tour 2017!

We have just finished our 2017 Clown Tour of Lebanon and whilst we clowns recover from the 10 days of back to back performances we would like to take a minute to thank everybody who supported us through our generosity campaign and fundraisers and helped make this tour a reality. We went up and down the country, travelling hundreds of kilometres per day to perform in refugee camps, schools and public spaces spreading laughter and and love where it is most needed.

This tour was very different to our usual tour, along with our regular Clown Me In members (who you can find out more about here) we were joined by new clowns from We Must Clown, the project we launched this summer in collaboration with the Qattan foundation (click here to find out more) and also by Leah and Hannah from Clowns Without Borders USA. The entire show was devised in one week through intensive rehearsal sessions with all the clowns on board.
We included our favourite scenes from our old show but added new scenes tackling issues such as trash, honking, plastic surgery and hygiene.

We travelled up and down the country in and around Akkar, the Bekaa, Tripoli, Beirut, Sour, Saida and managed to perform for over 4600 children, teenagers and adults. The response we got was so positive and we really had to tear ourselves away from the kids at the end of each show, neither of us wanted to part ways!

For us the most important part of the tour is reaching kids who don’t usually have access to this kind of entertainment or activities. This is why before and after each show we spent as much time as we could walking around the camps and playing, dancing, clowning around and laughing with the kids and adults alike.

This tour was also different to our usual tours as we had brand new clowns with us every step of the way, and a slightly different team every day. We took the risk of having a less prepared and polished show in order to include new members of Clown Me In and what a difference that made! We were able to travel to and perform for their communities which created a bond between us, the performers, and the audience that you could never ordinarily achieve. For the audience, seeing someone they know and love arriving with the clown troupe makes the show extra special and meaningful; for the performer, bringing all these clowns to their community is a moment of pride and creates a bigger commitment to the show. And for the tour as a whole? It enables a series of really special moments unique to those specific shows and gives everyone that extra little boost when energy is running low.

Click here to find out more about We Must Clown.
Click here to find out more about our work with Clowns Without Borders.

Clown Me In 2017 TOUR Schedule

Super excited to announce our new Clown Me In tour that we are doing with Clowns Without Borders USA and We Must Clown! Check out the tour dates below to catch a show near you.

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This tour is being funded by the money raised from our generosity campaign. A massive thank you to all of you for your support and generous donations. The campaign is still running to fund a further tour so click here to donate and please share with your friends!