In the last post I published before going to Egypt, I expressed my excitement of playing with the post-revolution clowns and see how they will look like…
Little had I known that I will be playing with clowns in the time of revolution!!!!
I got to Cairo on a Friday… and the Tahrir demonstration broke out…I thought “oh ok, this is all gonna end tomorrow”. But it didn’t…
I’ve been trying to put this intense experience in words … but in vain, so I thought of “storybuilding” the experience through my facebook and twitter updates
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starting a Clown Me In workshop with Al Warsha theatre group today ...in Cairo....and Tahrir square is still burning!!!!!
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disastrous situation at Tahrir square!!!!...
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Egypt is so quite and empty. no sounds, no cars... Nobody's walking on the streets... we only hear the echo of the Tahrir's demonstration...
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Revolution from dreamzzzzzzzzzzzz
last night's clown workshop got obviously cancelled! Cairo is revolting and demonstrating again! follow the second by second news on #tahrir - twitter
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We had an interesting revolutionary Clown Me In workshop last night in Cairo... 10min away from Tahrir square
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One more hour and the #Tahrir will be even more packed. Ppl are arriving after work!
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Are we gonna clown Tonight at the official space of the workshop or at tahrir square? Question to be answered in an hour
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@johannesmosskin keep us updated! Will know if the clowns are joining u in a hour or not! Will let u know
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The clown workshop looks like that till now!!! In a while it's gonna be more crowded Hahah viva la revolution
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@fletchergull thinking if we will be clowning at the workshop space or at tahrir square? Answer in an hour!
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clowns in the time of revolution!!!! #ylvp... how r u ppl?
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We clowned the revolution today at tahrir square and used the anti tear gas thing I stad of the red noses
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Dalia's clown nose at tahrir
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The Egyptian participants go to tahrir everyday and get suffocated from the tear gas then come to the clown workshop and work like crazy!!!
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Latest chant in tahrir that I find amazing
الشعب يريد الغاز القديم
What is not mentioned in the previous statuses … is the fact of loosing each day at least 4 participants… who they would either be sick in bed because of the tear gas or demonstrating at tahrir.
For that reason and for many other reasons, Hassan el gritly ( the director of Al Warsha theatre group) and I, debated a lot about whether we should cancel the workshop or not… despite everything, there was always this need to keep a bit of a normal life in the midst of revolution and “war” and at the same time, it just wasn’t very natural and we … knew it and felt it!
I thought a lot about the value of clowning in a revolutionary society. And about the one improv session were the clowns freely transposed the life of tahrir square on stage!
I remember at this very moment I felt the need and the energy to just go with the group to Tahrir square…
Sometimes we need to live it 100% wherever it is… and during that time… it was only Tahrir square where the clowns wanted to be….
so off we went.
Viva la revolution … vival el Clowns…