Laugh it up

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

CLOWN­ING is se­ri­ous busi­ness — make no mis­take about it. More than 500 clowns from Latin Amer­ica were in Mex­ico’s cap­i­tal this week to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions, ex­change ex­pe­ri­ences and hold work­shops to brush up on their clown tech­niques and learn new tricks. Wear­ing over­size shoes, colour­ful wigs and red noses, the clowns lined up to reg­is­ter on the first day of the 17th In­ter­na­tional Clown Con­ven­tion at a the­atre in Mex­ico City. Dur­ing the four-day event, the clowns com­peted in best makeup, im­pro­vi­sa­tion, best group show, jug­gling and, of course, best bal­loon shap­ing. The event’s main spon­sor was a bal­loon man­u­fac­turer. To­mas Mo­rales, whose stage name is Payaso Llan­tom, said the goal of the con­ven­tion is to pro­fes­sion­alise clowns in Latin Amer­ica and high­light the need for a School of Clown Arts in Mex­ico.

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