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We investigate the personae of the sacred clowns, court jesters that have a long history in both Africa  and  Europe. 

 

Sacred clowns, sometimes referred to as priest clowns, conjoin qualities within themselves that are  easily thought of as opposites. They control and can play with boundaries between the sacred and  the profane, challenging rules and authorities. They are fluid beings that create and dissolve  phenomenal realities. They liquify reality. 

Like kings, sacred clowns hold a spiritual and commanding position in society from which they  can transgress human moral codes. They are permitted to provoke, parody, taunt, tickle and  titillate. Therefore, the ritual clown must master the burlesque art of travesty, must learn to  embody the ludicrous, the incongruous, the backwards, forwards, and upside-down .

For it is with inversion, the turning of cultural norms inside-out and wrong-side up, that  traditional, spiritual, and societal values, social positions and identities are, with hilarity and  irony, reaffirmed, inspired, redefined. 

They parodying society in precarious times; they reveal and reconcile. 

Sacred clown represents a reversal of the normal order, an opening to the chaos that preceded  creation.

A project in collaboration with dramaturg Esther Severi. 

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SOLD TO THE BELGIAN MINISTERY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO DECORATE THE NEW BELGIAN EMBASSY IN SOUTH AFRICA 

 LION phase 4: KWANGA FOR SACRED CLOWNS 

 / FLUID IDENTITIES 

1st from left: The Pueblo clowns  in the Kachina  (practiced by the Pueblo Indians of the southwestern United States).

2nd from left: African ritual clown / Korèduga in his ritual equine costume. 

3nd from left: Europese jester / Laughing jester, the Netherlands, circa 1500

right: Susuhunan jester who participates in the “Garebeg Moeloed” procession (circa 1920s) Java, Indonesia

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