June 2, 2013; 3 - 5 pm
Humanity and Humor:
(how one clown tackles international development)
Canadian performance artist Jonathon Ellison will give a lively and funny talk that turns international development on its head.
En route from West Africa to the Buttonwood Tree, Jonathon will share his experiences of clowning to prevent Cholera, clowning for kids with HIV, clowning for the elderly, joining a theatre company in Sri Lanka to tackle heroin-use and young girls being sold into marriage, clowning in a Mumbai slum, and his most recent experience of being kidnapped and married off by a large group of wild African ladies.
A landscape architect trained in sustainable design, Jonathon is also a graduate of the Montreal School of Mime and a regular performer with The Bread & Puppet Theatre Circus in Vermont. He is guaranteed to make you laugh while challenging how our economy, our global banking, our investment opportunities and our aid is affecting the less fortunate he has been fortunate enough to live and clown with.
Come and be entertained with this free talk, where the hat will be passed at the end of the show.