WE'RE BACK BACK BACK AGAIN!
On the 26th of June I leave to go to Nancy, France to work with two French clowns, Thomas and Guillaume, to make a new touring show as Les Balladins.
[Les Balladins : (Fr) The Traveling Performer, The Traveling Clown ]
I met Thomas and Guillaume in 2017 in Bolivia where we worked together at a children's social circus teaching vulnerable children and teenagers circus arts (juggling, clowning, acrobatics etc). We also made a show together about their experiences coming to South America and learning about themselves, their privileges, and the world. This work traveled around Bolivia, to Peru, and finally back to France.
It was the first iteration of the kind of work I'm interested in making:
Clowning meets auto-ethnographic storytelling.
And now we are back at it again!
In July we will have a month residency in Nancy creating a new touring show with (Maison de la Jeunesse et de la Culture = house of youth and culture). We will also be working with local French speaking African National musicians on the creation of music for this show.
In July we will also be working with a group of +- 20 migrants (families and adults) at a local Migrant Centre to use circus arts to tell unique stories about their lives. Work that will be presented to peers and public, and will serve as an alternative mode to submitting application for permanent residency in Nancy (as currently migrants and asylum seekers must go through a complicated and impersonal process of providing written autobiographies and government forms). (Centre d'accueil de demandeur d'asile = Reception center for asylum seekers)
August and September we will be in Paris and Calais at different centres (tbc) engaging particularly with children and teenagers who are on summer holidays but are not permitted to leave camps. Or, are not integrated into their communities, and programmes are initiated to keep youngsters from getting involved in illegal or harmful activities.
This fundraising effort is for the first part of this project (July - September 2019) in France.
This fundraising effort is not to pay salaries or for us to profit or use to go party (though that sounds very nice), it is to cover:
- Travel to get to the centres in Paris, Calais and Nancy.
- Accommodation in Paris & Calais (at the refugee camps/migrant camps so that we do not drain resources as volunteers)
- Materials for workshops (newspaper, paper, pens, juggling equipment, balls, fabric, glue, instruments, etc)
- Rehearsal & performance venues (in the event that there isn't sufficient, safe, or comfortable space for workshops to be conducted with participants)
- Food basics, so these 3 clowns can keep running the circus for 3 months straight!
Check out the different ways you can help and be a part of our exciting project.
|Sponsor a workshop:
R5000 or €303,09 you can sponsor a circus arts workshop for 50 participants. This includes materials, venue and travel!
R2000 or €121,25 you can sponsor a circus arts workshop for 20 participants. This includes materials, venue and travel!
R1000 or €60 you can sponsor a circus arts workshop for 10 participants. This includes materials, venue and travel!
R500 or €30,31 you can sponsor a circus arts workshop for 5 participants. This includes materials, venue and travel!
R100 or €6 you can sponsor a circus arts workshop for 1 participant. This includes materials, venue and travel!
R250 or towards big strips of brown paper for puppets, foam for masks, foam for clown noses, fabric for costumes, balls for juggling, glue for sticking, cardboard for set, wood for set, cleaning equipment, paintbrushes, tools, string, containers, hard hats, sticks, gloves, etc.
|Sponsor a ticket:
Help us get there!
R9841,08 or €596,14 EU RAIL TICKET for 3 months for 1 person (2nd class ticket)
R858,15 or €51,99 per trip on EU RAIL for 1 person. (2nd class ticket)
R360 or €21,81 bus ticket from Nancy to Paris for 1 person. (LE GREYHOUND)
R300 or €18,18 bus ticket from Paris to Calais for 1 person. (LE GREYHOUND)
|Sponsor a meal:
Buy Maude a Croissant @ R16,51 or €1
Buy Maude a Baguette @ R66,02 or €4
Buy Maude a Choc au Pain @ R165,06 or €10
Buy Maude a weeks worth of croissants and baguettes & choc au pain @ R577,71 or €35
Buy Maude a wheel of Fromage @ R660,24 or €40
Buy Maude a romantic clown picnic in the French country side R1000 or €60,58
|Sponsor a bed in a backpackers:
Bunk bed action @ R165,06 or €10 per night
More info on the bigger plan:
South African Theatremaker, Maude Sandham, to travel to France and teach, create and volunteer with two French Clowns, Thomas Tabary and Guillaume Noel. Project runs from 3 - 6 months in total. Starting in France Summer 2019. Ending in South Africa Summer 2019.
First we will create a show together during a month residency in Nancy, France.
We will travel this clown show in France to refugee camps and migration centres in Nancy, Paris and Calais. We will also engage in clowning and storytelling workshops and residencies and through this create work with individuals at the camps and centres.
Finally: The work will then travel to South Africa where we will perform the show to local theatre makers and migratory groups, asylum seekers, refugees living in South Africa. We will also engage in skill sharing workshops with circus skills (juggling, clowning, acrobatics) and auto-ethnographic storytelling exchanges.
We will explore the notion of the migrant: gypsies, the persecuted, those banished, refugees, salesmen, nomads, holidaymakers, tourists, immigrants, exiles, expats, the lost, and the wandering. The theme is reflective of our role as travelling performers; and reflective of the state of the world at the moment.
We want to make meaning and make sense of the world we live in by creating a transnational collaboration between Southern Africa and France. We will have intercultural dialogue with all people we encounter, and through theatre and circus arts bridge the gaps in our differences and find the joy in our similarities.
We want to make a difference in the lives of the artists and participants that we meet. We want to empower others with the skills that empower us to share our own stories.
Funding will help us further this project (originally started in Bolivia 2017) and help further our mission to create this type of meaningful collaborative work. Funding will afford us opportunities we would not easily afford on artists income.Funding will help our collective to share its skills with many people, and to ensure that the privileges we have been fortunate enough to be afforded in our lives are shared with many.