Symposium: Clowns and Power

21 Jan 10.30am
If clown actors are okay with using their own stupidity, does this lack of fear give them more power?

Clowns engage with all kinds of power play: status drops, the ‘one who is hit’, Augustes and White Clowns, light and dark clowns, Clowns Without Borders. Are clowns playful anarchists and if so, why are their actors often so seriously principled? As they move outside formal spaces, can they disguise their serious intentions behind the perception of naivety and frivolity?

A panel of leading clown practitioners take a serious look at an apparently frivolous subject. Hosted by Bim Mason, co-founder and co-director of Circomedia, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus schools, this symposium will provide a fascinating insight for all those interested in thinking about different types of clowning: professionals, teachers, students and academics.


Clowns and Power is a part of London International Mime Festival (LIMF) 2017. Now in its 40th year, LIMF promotes cutting edge visual theatre and embraces a dazzling spectrum of performance including new circus, puppetry, physical theatre and live art.

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