CPLS01E07 Mental Health Clowns

Holly Stoppit on the Isle of Skye. Photo: Joe Rosser.


This episode of Clown Power Live is chaired by Holly Stoppit. The panel will discuss clowning, circus and mental health and the impact these have on each other. How can clown and circus make a positive difference to the mental health of its audience? What impact does our relationship with our own mental health have on our clowning and circus performance? What discoveries and explorations are being made in these areas right now and how might it develop in the future?

Dublin: Sunday, 19 April 2020, 12:00

**There are only 100 tickets to the live event***

Free. Donations appreciated. Patreon link below.

Also live streamed and a recording available on YouTube after the event.

Who’s on the panel?

Holly Stoppit (Chair):

Holly Stoppit is a facilitator, performance skills teacher, theatre director and dramatherapist, specialising in live, interactive, improvised and devised performance, often exploring mental health. At the heart of all of Holly’s work is a desire to promote creative discovery and connection through play.

https://www.hollystoppit.com @hollystoppit https://www.facebook.com/hollystoppitworkshops/ 

TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH11d7YNVNQ

Sue Brent (AKA: Spannergirl):

Sue spent 20 years performing in Circus and more recently teaching Circus skills for 6 years as Trapeze Therapist at Brookfield Primary School and Acland Burghley Secondary School. She’s also spent 10 years at MIND as a Volunteer/service user and is currently group facilitator for Hearing Voices at MIND UK.

https://www.mind.org.uk/

Martin Gill:

Martin is a Psychodramatist and Dramatherapist working with individuals, couples and groups. Previously involved in Bouffon clowning workshop as participant and facilitator. Spontaneity clowning work and street theatre director.

www.changetree.co.uk

Suzy Harvey:

Suzy is a Specialist in Joy and Connection. Suzy holds spaces where people can laugh, play, dance and connect. She’s a Giggle Doctor in children’s hospitals, hosts “Everybody Friendly Screenings” of old films and leads Laughter Yoga sessions online.

www.everybodylaughtogether.com  www.facebook.com/everybodylaughtogether.com

Bash Seagull:

Seagull Ringleader Bash is the founder of The Flying Seagull Project. Bash and his crew share circus, clown, play and laughter in conflict zones, refugee camps and with communities in crisis around the world.

Www.theflyingseagullproject.com

Jamie Wood:

Jamie has been making all sorts of different theatre for 20 years. The last 10 years he’s made and toured internationally a trilogy of solo autobiographical clown shows that look at masculinity, sharing a life, and where we find roots. All of his shows are a search for rituals that don’t exist in his culture in the UK.

www.jamiewood.org.uk Social media: @jamieofthewood

ZooLogical Team:

Sascha Goslin:

Is an independent producer, focusing on outdoor work, circus and accessible shows. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

DaveSpathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder last week; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group since 2012 on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of Clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please, do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Suggested donation £5 a month. Buy Dave a coffee and a piece of cake. 

CPLS01E06 Hilary Chaplain

Hilary Chaplain In Conversation

Tonight at 9:00pm Dublin/London times. Hilary and Maggie will discuss what it is to be clowns. Watch live via Zoom and ask questions. The session will also be recorded and available later. Details below. All free.

Since 2005, Hilary Chaplain has been touring internationally with her award-winning solo show A LIFE IN HER DAY, directed by Avner Eisenberg, and in variety shows worldwide with her short comic numbers. In 2018 she created a show in collaboration with other artists called THE LAST RAT OF THERESIENSTADT which won the top four awards when it premiered at the Lalka Tez Cztowiek Puppet Festival in Warsaw, Poland.
From hilarychaplain.com

Maggie Irving is a clown, teacher and researcher with a ‘Practice as Research’ PhD in becoming a female clown. Passionate about clowning in everyday life, and bringing the art of clowning into stand up comedy, business and beyond.

Maggie as Sedusa Medusa, 2017.

Zoom webinar details:
When: Apr 15, 2020 21:00 Dublin
Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Vw95nedtQQ6lUq83HYXqlA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You can interact with the panelsts via the chat and Q&A boxes, via the Zoom Panel. If you can’t make it via Zoom you can watch the stream live or catch up later on Youtube www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Clown Power Live is created by Zoo Logical’s Dave Spathaky.
Dave is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing as half The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He still holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once. He started a new career as a circus community builder last week; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group on facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members. Admins: Shakti Greener, Pete Turner, Adrian Barker, Don Lehn,

This episode has been co-produced by Sascha Goslin, an Independent Producer focusing on circus, outdoor performance and accessibility. When not producing she can be found studying clown, puppetry and… accountancy.

All previous episodes of clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Times:
Dublin: Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 21:00
London: Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 21:00
New York: Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 16:00
Los Angeles: Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 13:00
Melbourne: Thursday, 16 April 2020, 06:00
Beijing: Thursday, 16 April 2020, 04:00

Future Episodes:
Sunday, 19 April 2020, 12:00 Noon (Dublin): Clowning & Mental Health – Chaired by Holly Stoppit.

CPLS01E05 Circademics

Listen this Sunday: international circus academics chatting all things circademic as part of the Clown Power Live first series of discussions. Follow the link below to get your own invitation. Join in with live Q&A during the learned discourse!

Recorded live on Sunday, 12 April 2020, 11:00 UTC (GMT)

This episode is chaired by Katharine Kavanagh, founder of The Circus Diaries, the leading source for circus criticism in the UK.

Charlie Holland:

is a former juggler and Programme Director of The Circus Space interested in juggling and acrobatic and gymnastic performance in and outside circus.

Currently writing a biography of The Marvellous Craggs: www.themarvellouscraggs.co.uk

Katharine Kavanagh:

(a.k.a. Kate) is a writer, researcher and performer, currently pursuing a PhD in circus criticism and audience experience.

Circus Diaries: https://thecircusdiaries.com

Laura Murphy:

is an artist and Doctor of Theatre & Performance 

www.lauramurphy.co.uk

Contra trailer: https://vimeo.com/387072992

Clare Parry-Jones:

is a performance artist and healthcare clown, with a background in dramatherapy; interested in clown, shamanism and ritual.

www.clareparryjones.com 

Staging Loss: https://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9783319979694 (features a chapter on Clare’s performance practice)

Olga Lucia Sorzano:

Is a researcher in culture and embodied performances (Royal Holloway London & Independent)

https://performancematters-thejournal.com/index.php/pm/article/view/139; https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21141/

For Zoo Logical: 

Sascha Goslin:

is an independent producer and trainee clown. She is co-producing Clown Power Live.  

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing as half The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He still holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once. He started a new career as a circus community builder last week; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

Dave also curates the Clown Power discussion group on facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members. Admins: Shakti Greener, Pete Turner, Adrian Barker, Don Lehn, 

All previous episodes of clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Buy him a coffee (…or even some cake as well)


CPLS01E04 Circus Critics

Five circus professionals from different fields discuss their relationship with criticism in circus, whether they think it’s valuable, how they can make use of it and what challenges they feel it brings.

Recorded on Wednesday, 8 April 2020, 21:00 – Dublin time.

 This episode is chaired by Katharine Kavanagh, founder of The Circus Diaries, the leading source for circus criticism in the UK.

Josh Aviner:

Is Creative Producer at Hideaway Circus. He is working in circus, dance, and multimedia based in New York City.

Podcast: http://hideawaycircus.com/podcast

Current Show: http://beyondbabelshow.com

VR: http://hideawaycircus.com/vr-2

Karen Fricker:

Is Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts, Brock University and Theatre Critic, the Toronto Star. Karen is a theatre critic and an academic whose research includes contemporary circus, and is co-founder of the Circus and its Others research project.

Circus and its Others: http://www.circusanditsothers.org

Sascha Goslin:

Is an Independent Producer & is primarily interested in circus, outdoor and multi-sensory accessible shows. She’s occasionally found moonlighting as a clown or wannabe puppeteer.

Rodrigo Hernández:

is a circus writer (focused on circus history), enthusiast and performer.

Duo Cardio: https://www.duocardio.com 

Dokucirco:  https://www.dokucirco.org

Katharine Kavanagh:

 (a.k.a. Kate) is a writer, researcher and performer, currently pursuing a PhD in circus criticism and audience experience.

https://thecircusdiaries.com

Rosie Kelly:

Is Co-Founder of Not My Monkeys Podcast & Giggle Doctor for Theodora Children’s Charity.

Rosie juggles juggling, compéring, writing reviews, hosting podcasts and Giggle Doctoring.

‘Not My Monkeys’: https://www.facebook.com/notmymonkeyspodcast/.

Dave Spathaky:

Is a greybeard circus performer. He produces zoom video webinars. He started performing in The Amazing Mendezies, a comedy double act in Covent Garden, London in 1981. He co-founded circus theatre company Ra-Ra Zoo in 1984. He holds the world record for spinning 108 dinner plates at once and started a new career as a circus community builder last week; he says he’s been training for the role all his life.

As Zoo Logical he also curates the Clown Power discussion group on http://facebook.com/groups/clownpower with over 3,000 members.

All previous episodes of clown Power Live are at the ZooLogical channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/DaveSpathaky

Please do support Clown Power Live and Dave at patreon.com/zoological. Buy him a coffee (…or even some cake as well)

CPLS01E03 Men Clowns 1

I’d like to thank everyone again for taking part:

Back story: This is a panel of my heroes. I first saw Avner at Jackson’s Lane when I worked there when I was 20! It was the mime festival. I’m now 66. Avner is over 200 years old. I saw him in New York, off Broadway in the mid 80s. Don Lehn gave me my first performing job as a Weetabix Clown in the 80s. We don’t talk about that by mutual agreement. Howard taught me jazz club passing and the troupe of jugglers that he helped form was inspirational for me. Olly told me I was an academic relatively recently which I still deny but he has been a gentle support and inspiration for years & years. Maggie is a more recent online friend who’s work on Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven is extraordinary. She’s help to reveled another hidden icon from the last century’s canon of creative clowns. Maggie then created a homage to Elsa and performed a live intervention at the Tate Modern museum in England. Ref:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/mar/29/marcel-duchamp-fountain-women-art-history?