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Public Event: 24th January 2017

Book Launch:
Colombian Clowning as Social Performance:
Ridicule and Resistance

By Barnaby King

Join us to celebrate the publication of Clowning as Social Performance in Colombia: Ridicule and Resistance (Bloomsbury Methuen 2017) by Barnaby King, which details the proliferation of clown performance in Colombia and its surprising social significance. Drawing on 5 years of ethnographic research, author Barnaby King explores the relationship of comic performance to Colombia’s precarious political and social situation, which even today seemingly hangs in balance.  This event includes a performance of ‘Ceniza‘ and will take place at Edge Hill University’s Art Centre.

Performed and conceived by Lucho Guzman
Directed by Felipe Ortiz
Original Music by Aldo Zolev

A lone soldier takes refuge in an abandoned big-top. While the battle rages on outside, he opens the clown’s suitcase and finds himself being drawn into the world of the circus.

Lucho Guzman brings us his considerable talent as a clown in this feast of absurd and macabre comedy, inspired by real experiences of conflict in Colombia.

Ceniza is presented as part of Lucho’s week-long residency at Edge Hill and tour of Northwest venues, featuring performances, clown workshops and lecture presentations on the growing practice of social and humanitarian clown.

Date: Tuesday 24th January 2017

6.30pm Drinks Reception in Red Bar
7.30pm Performance of Ceniza (Ashes) by Lucho Guzman in the Studio Theatre
8.30pm Book Launch drinks and canapés in Red Bar

Venue: The Arts Centre (building 5 on the Map) at Edge Hill University (Directions)

Registration:  closed.

Barnaby King is a senior lecturer in performance at Edge Hill University. His research revolves around clowning, circus and popular performance, and their relationship to local culture and social conditions. Read more about Barnaby here.

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