We really really want to learn new hospital clowning skills this year, so that we can serve the seriously ill kids better.
Thus we are hoping to bring a trainer from the world renowned hospital clown program, Le Rire Medecin in France to teach us in an intensive workshop in September 2019.
Her name is Lory Leshin.
Born in New York in 1952, Lory started her career as a dancer, actress, stage fight choréographer, clown, director, and teacher over 40 years ago.
She has a several university degrees in Dance and Theater, specializing in movement training for actors.
After discovering clown at the Ecole Internationale Jacques Lecoq in Paris (1989-91), Lory has never looked back.
She has worked for the Rire Médecin (clown, teacher, coach) since it’s inception in France in 1991, where she makes her home with another clown, Bernie Collins of the duo BP Zoom.
Since 2002, Lory has been the principal teacher at Le Samovar, a school for clown and burlesque next to Paris. She teaches mask work as well as clown play and writing/creating for clowns.
Lory gives workshops all over Europe, in Japan and Taiwan, and in Guadeloupe.
As a director, she has created pieces with musicians, singers, actors, circus performers as well as clowns.
She is also a member of La Bec, a group of wonderful crazy creative clowns headed by Hélène Gustin (Colette Gomette).
Currently we are raising RM30,000 to bring her to Malaysia for a week-long intensive workshop in September 2019. It will cover her airfare, lodging, meals and her teaching fee.
We are going to learn from Lory the essential skills needed to work with sick kids, to make them happy, laugh and forget their pain and illness. She will also coach us during our actual hospital clowning visit. From her observation, she will tell us what we can do to improve our work.
Suzie Ferguson, the Artistic Director of Scotland’s clown doctors program, Hearts and Minds Scotland shared her thoughts, after observing Lory working in paediatric ward in a hospital in Paris:
” Lory working in the children ward was a masterclass! Lory’s physicality, clarity, use of melodrama & sensitivity was totally delightful. She seamlessly adapting her level of play to suit each situation. A brilliant clown through and through, from the tips of her fingertips to the tips of her toes.”
If you want to contribute to help us learn from Lory, please donate generously to our account below:
Persatuan Penghibur Kanak-kanak Buih Merah KL & Selangor (RED BUBBLES)
MAYBANK 5640 7000 2826
Please let us know afterwards via Whatsapp 019-2665157 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God bless you. Amin.