Clown Me In performs for different communities facing marginalization and poverty. Our performances aim to give the audience the pleasure of laughing, and most importantly to tackle their problems through clowning and play.
We aim to stimulate imagination and break down language barriers by exploring personal stories and journeys through the use of physical art forms such as clowning and storytelling.
Our approach to storytelling involves community participation which is why we always spend time with the communities we visit to hear their stories, go through feelings and emotions together and understand their way of living and their needs. Our performances are simple and soulful.
We are interested in the relevance of performance to social and cultural concerns.
Our performances usually touch on critical life issues such as hygiene, responsible garbage disposal, violence, right to education and many others. Our performance is based on clown skits, gags and and some classic techniques and scenes.
The performances are highly visual and physical so understanding a specific language is not a prerequisite for enjoying our work. Although children love our performances we aim to engage all age groups – even the moodiest of teenagers have been know to get involved!
All of our work relies heavily on audience interaction and engagement, more than just observers our audiences are “protagonists”. We believe this is a much more democratic way of working and enables audiences to be co-creators of their own experiences.
We propose staging workshops after the shows depending on the size of the audience and the possibility of dividing them into sub groups.
For children we propose:
- Gymnastic ribbons
- Giant bubbles
- Hula hoop
Every year, in collaboration with international clown partners and companies, we devise a new show about the most critical issues we are dealing with and suffering from and we tour it around Lebanon. You can have more info about our Clown Tour 2017 here and watch the highlights here.
Clown Tour 2019 In April-May 2019, as part of a collaboration with Friends of Kayany Foundation, we did a mini-tour for 5 days, 3 of which where for schools for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa. For the other two days, we had to do a small fundraiser and collect donations to able to perform for … Continue reading Current Performance
Clown Me In La Playa!
No really, that was the name of our 2019 Barcelona show in La Merce Festival! We were invited, along with many other great Lebanese artists and performers, to put on our shows for a totally new audience, alongside other local and international acts. Which is why we also took this opportunity to finally get ourselves some new costumes, designed by Zeina Boueiry, and it must be said, in all modesty, we look faaaaahbulous.
This is where you can keep up to date with all of Clown Me In’s upcoming performances. Keep checking back to see if there’s anything going on near you! Measles Rally Paper (2020) We teamed up with UNICEF to perform a project to advocate the importance of Measles vaccination especially for children in the light … Continue reading Current and upcoming projects
Clown Attacks on the streets of Lebanon – an ongoing street intervention in different areas in Lebanon. We use clowning to raise awareness and fight social injustice. CLOWNS AGAINST TRASH In our ongoing battle against the trash crisis in Lebanon we have staged several Clown Attacks to highlight this very important problem. … Continue reading Clown Attacks
Invite us to your event or party! Our clowns will perform typical hosting duties, such as greeting guests, taking names and showing them around. This will be carried out in full clown character with spontaneous intermittent clown skits performed amongst guests. We will tailor our intervention to suit the event, wether you are raising awareness for … Continue reading Hosting
The Caravan Europe (Hemland) The Caravan Europe is an opportunity to bridge the gap between host communities and refugee communities in Europe who suffer from both a language and cultural barrier. By telling these individual stories we can humanize the ongoing refugee crisis and to open a dialogue between both communities. This is such an important step as we … Continue reading The Caravan Series
BALKAN Tour 2019 Clown Me In and Clowns Without Borders – USA returned to the Balkan Route, performing for migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Romania. Some of the performances were planned for people with official refugee status, residing in camps. Other performances were for migrants and Roma people who live in temporary camps. … Continue reading Clowns Without Borders