Clowns Without Borders South Africa has reached over 450,000 children and adults through performances in communities affected by violence, disease, natural disasters, and poverty. Using physical comedy, music, storytelling, and dance, our performances are offered freely by professional artists from throughout Southern Africa to provide momentary relief to large numbers of children and adults. They help transform places of grief and emotional suffering into celebrations of laughter, joy and hope. We also raise awareness of important issues facing communities relating to the experience of those affected. These include HIV prevention, gender sensitivity, poverty, and nonviolent conflict resolution. Performances are offered in neutral locations such as public schools and community centers to reduce the stigmatization of children who have been impacted by the HIV/AIDS, poverty, and violence.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Jayne Batzofin
Jayne completed her Honours degree at WITS University, majoring in directing and stage/costume design. She decided she wasn’t finished learning and continued a further 2 years of theatre studies at l’ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Jayne as a Director is best known for her “Batzofin Bite” and the common thread amongst all her work has always been based in the fundamental theatre training of “the Clown”. Since becoming a regular Artistic Director for Clowns without Borders South Africa, she has discovered a passion for working in the social upliftment sector of the Arts. Thinking of herself as a wonderer and a wanderer, she continues to develop this passion through her work with CWBSA.
PROGRAMME MANAGER – Linda Kaoma
Linda is a CNN-featured project manager, with over 5 years of experience in project and event management in the creative arts sector. She worked as project manager for the online archive of African poets, Badilisha Poetry X-change. She has worked as festival manager for the international public arts festival, Infecting the City. This UCT alumnus is also a published writer and poet, and was a panellist at the Franschoek Literary Festival in 2015 and 2016. She has a channel on YouTube where she reviews books mostly by African authors.
WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
Interested in getting involved?
We are always looking for volunteers and artists to join us in the field.
While we mostly work with South African artists, international collaborations are an important part of our development and vision. Generally, international artists help with raising funds to cover their costs and then raise awareness when they return home. There are also many other opportunities with our sister Clowns Without Borders chapters.