CLOWN AND DRAGON
Whimsy. pageantry. serious fun is slowly dying from our communities and we want it back. Clown and Dragon researches the ritual of procession and parade, not only as a means to communally mourn (Second Line) but also as a process to usher in new energy, new time and new space. Clown and Dragon are ceremonial archetypes attached to circus, parade, fun and also humors, duality, ethnic stereotype and status.
This particular 2-person procession was inspired by the newly gentrified, half-salvaged, half-abandoned New Orleans neighborhood, St. Roch. We activated the clown costume and dragon puppet with a short parade around the block in the spirit of Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras performances. The desire was to invoke public participation in this geographically familiar ritual that was staged outside of the time and space parameters of organized parades, i.e. Mardi Gras, MLK parades, Thanksgiving /Christmas Parades, etc. We wanted this midday, spontaneous procession to allow the viewer to engage in collective pageantry, remember mythology and use this unsanctioned celebratory, festive activity as an act of resistance.
With this project we hope to study the influence of parade and procession globally. We hope to incite fun as well as the release of grief in the structure of public performance and interaction. We intend to find people all around the world in search of serious fun; communities that are willing to join behind us two women in a beautiful protest for Joy. We will film/digitally archive the parades and the followers, compiling the media to make a book, film and other sharable media that will further liberate the spirit of Serious Fun.