„Our jOURney”: Volunteer Clowning Show for Karl

When does a journey start, and when does it end? Or, would it maybe be better to ask ourselves if journeys really have an end or a beginning?

As ESC volunteers, we all are like travellers, and everyday we are confronted with the meaning of journey. While exploring a new country, new ways of living and expression, and new cultures, we also create new bonds and connections, and each new person that enters our lives, becomes part of our journey.

With the circus show “our jOURney”, we wanted to symbolically invite everyone to take part in our journey, share the feelings of our experience together with the person who allowed all this to happen, Karl Köckenberger, with the rest of CABUWAZI world, and with whoever feels like joining this adventure.

The genesis of the show happened under the starred ceiling of one of the Treptow tents, with the very first workshop of clowning for the volunteers crew. By entering the world of clowning, we entered a universe of possibilities. It’s really unbelievable that such a magical world can hide behind the smallest of all masks!

While becoming clowns, we discovered new sides of ourselves, of the others, of life. We discovered the power of humor!

On the occasion of Karl’s 65th birthday, we thought that we could give a greater sense to our path by offering a circus show as a special birthday present to the founder and spirit of CABUWAZI.

So, after the arrival of the new generation of volunteers, we started working intensively on the preparation of the show: we prepared short clowning numbers, mixed with theatre and juggling, (plus a group number of batucada), following the narrative of our journey, and of the voluntary service.  


On the 20th of September, we built a small stage in the amphitheater of Görlitzer Park and presented our show. Sharing our work with a real audience, and especially with Karl, was a great feeling which we will remember forever.

A huge THANKS goes to Omar (former volunteer and current trainer in CABUWAZI Altglienicke), who directed the whole creation of the show, and guided us step by step through the whole “clown” journey; then thanks to Steve, a dear friend of the ESC coordinators, who offered his musical skills to create a soundtrack for the show; also thanks to Xénia  (former volunteer), who offered her theatrical skills to support part of the creation of the choreography. And, of course, thanks to all the people who participated or just came to enjoy the show with us, sharing joy and laughter. Our heart is filled with love!  

Veröffentlicht von circusspacepirates

Circus Space Pirates Collective (www.circusspacepirates.org) – We are a group of passionate performers, educators and activists, who have all met through the berlin-based social circus actions. What started out as a small idea, has now turned into something greater, which we wish to share and invite to grow together with everyone who feels the calling to join this journey. Since March 2022 we are also supporting Ukrainian people with circus pedagogical offers at the Ukrainian border: www.mobilecircusforpeace.org

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