Working in the Theatre: Clowning

“If there is someone who is going to reach out, shake your hand and befriend you at the circus, it’s going to be the clown.” says Big Apple Circus clown Joel Jeske. “Clowns fall down so we don’t have to.”

An ancient form of theatrics rooted in physical comedy, clowning transcends language and cultural barriers by finding the absurd in the everyday. Follow clowns Brent McBeth, Joel Jeske and David Shiner through routines. Look inside Slava Polunin’s famed Snowshow and his Academy of Fools.

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Director/Producer/B Cam: Margarita Jimeno / DOPs: Daniel Takács/ Adam Jandrup/ Editor: Sofia Subercaseaux/ Music Composition: Julio Monterrey aka Youthfaire / Color Grade: Natacha Ikoli