"The body heals with play, the mind heals with laughter, and the spirit heals with joy." - Proverb
The Portland chapter of Clowns Without Borders had their fundraiser this past weekend at Da Vinci Arts Middle School. It was a colorful fanfare of acrobatics, juggling, lassoing, and comedy, with performances by:
Patrick McGuire, Juggler straight from Cirque du Soleil Echo Theater Company Rhys Thomas, Juggler Leapin' Louie Lichtenstein, Lasso-twirler Extraordinaire Stefano Iaboni, Clown from Rome via Barcelona Brittany Walsh, Hand-Balancing Virtuoso Curt Carlyle, Juggler Mz. Pearl & General Pearl, Clowns Michael O'Neill, Clown Sarah Liane Foster, Comedienne Adam the Great, Magician Flamebuoyant Productions, poi and acrobatics A Little Bit Off, modern theatrical clown duo The show raised money to support Clowns Without Borders-USA's work with children and their communities, relieving trauma through laughter and play in areas of crisis around the world. In the past year, Portland-based performers have volunteered on Clowns Without Borders projects in the Philippines, Lebanon, Palestine, the Sudan, and Haiti.