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Toronto: Morro and Jasp begin a new project – “Send in The Clowns”
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Times are tumultuous. In order to keep safe we have to keep away from each other. We have to keep away from beautiful rooms where we can share the magic of live performance and art, keep from romping at cabarets and festivals, keep from throwing our arms around one another and expressing grand gestures of glee.
After spending some time with our sadness, we put our red-nosed heads together (metaphorically) and got to thinking. We wondered, "Since we can't travel around and meet other clowns, what if we do it online? What if we share it with everyone else too?" So we've done just that. Over the next couple months we will be sharing two digital shorts per week that have been commissioned from, and feature, clowns from all across Canada and Turtle Island. Sooo...
Morro and Jasp proudly present
Send In The Clowns
A new digital cabaret for Canadian clowns
Toronto’s most beloved clown duo Morro and Jasp (Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee) launch a new project to commission and highlight new work from a great diversity of clowns all across the country.
Join us at Send In The Clowns, a new digital cabaret!
Send In The Clowns aims to break through our communal feeling of isolation, and recreate the magic of festival tours and networking with other clowns – online.
Twice weekly for the past month and until the end of the year, Morro and Jasp share a new digital short that has been commissioned from, and features, clowns from all across Canada and Turtle Island.
With new work from:
Rebecca Northan (Blind Date)
The Creepy Boys (Canadian Fringe circuit darlings Sam Kruger & S.E. Grummett)
Derek Kwan (Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Male Performer)
Doloreze Leonard (Founding member of Cirque du Soleil)
Vanessa Cardoso Whelan (Acclaimed street performer, St. John’s, NL)
And still to come:
Raj Gill and Nayana Fielkov (Vancouver)
Claire Ness (Yukon)
Jacqueline Russell (Calgary)
Charlene Van Buekenhout (Winnipeg)
Bill Yong and Barry Bilinsky (Edmonton/Montreal)
“Clown is the most honest form of performance that I have ever participated in.
It is full of heart, truth, and vulnerability. I didn't actually know how to truly LISTEN,
until I started clowning. It has made me a better human being.”
–Dora Award-winning performer Rebecca Northan
Visit the cabaret at www.morroandjasp.com for new videos, artist bios and more!
With thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for their support.
Morro and Jasp are currently seeking donations from folks who would be interested in supporting the continuation of this project in the New Year.
Photo: Morro and Jasp (Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee). © 2020 Alex Nirta.