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Dear Clowns!!! Come clowning, loving, playing, laughing at the equator line, where the hemispheres of care and activism join together to re-design our caring characters and a new desirable society! Patch Adams MD and the clowns-performers-composers of the School for Designing a Society invite you to join them in the annual clown trip to Ecuador, for daily clowning in hospitals, clinics and streets, clown-skill-building workshops, and red noses amazement! Everyone is welcome, no experience is necessary.
Ecuador, on the equator in northwestern South America, is one of the seventeen megadiverse countries, hosting a great variety of endemic species of flora and fauna. Its 2009 constitution is the first in the world to ensure Rights of Nature (ecosystem rights). The capital city of Quito (where we’ll be) has been named a World Heritage Site for having the best maintained and least changed historic city center in Latin America. The tour will combine daily clowning with daily workshops in care and inquiry into the locale of our clowning. In addition to clowning and care in clinical settings, there will be daily practical workshops in clown technique, love strategy, care and reflection on where we are. Patch Adams will offer two workshops and lead the trip for two days.
Patch Adams — entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change; promotes and practices living a life of public joy as a revolutionary act; fount of ideas for avoiding burn-out in long-term social justice and health. Enthusiator.
Susan Parenti — composer, tap dancer, accordionist, activist. Familiar with the words “idealist’, ‘romantic’, ‘unrealistic’. Writes theater plays on how she wishes people would speak, rather than how they do actually speak.
Mark Enslin — composer, actor, bassoonist, guitarist, oud player, apprentice tabla player, listener, teaching composition facing the power of the respondent, assignment as an art form.
Dario Solina — composer, performer, writer, videomaker, communication designer, since 2010 performs his clown everywhere, every second; Vulnerability for Revolutionaries, teaches the art of Emphasis, MetaClowning maestro.
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The detailed day-to-day itinerary of the trip will be available when we get closer to the event, but this is what a typical day looks like:
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These five days are for people who feel called on to create positive change in health care. We hope you’ll join us!
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