• Theater

CANTANDO BAJO LA DUCHA

By Ramillete Clown

Chile

  • Spanish
  • 50 minutes
  • General Audience

This is a clown show for anyone aged 0 to 90 about the vital element that is water and those who want to own it.


A group of clowns meets for the first time in the town square to rehearse a play they’ve created via Zoom while in confinement. It’s about a dream in which they try and take water away from the community and kill nature. Evil doesn’t win though and the message that is left is one of hope: in the face of pressure from sources of power and corruption, we mustn’t give in but rather keep on fighting.

This collective piece uses different artistic styles, such as clowns, the street, comedy, songs and music to enhance the performance. It’s a function in which the audience plays an active role and that creates awareness using joking around and imagination.

Cast and crew


Performers: Eva del Pilar Cuevas, Francisca Diaz, Alicia Mansilla, Cecilia Barril | Musicians: Juan Pablo Yañez and Carola Soza | Directors: Carola Soza, Cecilia Barril and Eva del Pilar Cuevas | Design and production: Cristobal Cuevas | Producers: Cecilia Barril and Eva del Pilar Cuevas.

Ramillete Clown

Ramillete Clown

Laughing together

This company was created in March 2019 after a street intervention event organized by the Galpón Michay Cultural Center in Coyhaique. To date, they have premiered El acordeón de don Melchor and taken part in book fairs and community events, where they carry out artistic interactions using clown techniques. An important part of their work involves street interventions and the use of unconventional spaces.

—The clown technique is a theatrical style that helps us get through times of crisis. More than just jokes, it’s a theatrical discipline that helps us to bring out, play and connect with our inner child, embracing our human nature, whether directly or remotely.

—It’s about an issue that is crucial to our country and the world – water and who it belongs to, its properties and the value of having and using it conscientiously. In fact, work on this piece began after a variety show held to protest against the mines being set up in the region in 2019.

Clown: This theatrical character is based on the jesters (sometimes dwarves or hunchbacks) who used to entertain kings and their courts. Since they were not taken seriously, they were the only people who could freely express opinions about social norms and authority. The figure of the jester is still seen in the servants of commedia dell'arte and in the white-faced clowns of English pantomime. At the end of the nineteenth century, the first female clown appeared and Joseph Grimald elevated white-faced clowns to a starring role. There are two types of clown: the Auguste, a fool who fails everything and his counterpart, the white-faced clown who is elegant, serious and represents authority. The main difference between clowns and other comic characters is that they are not just actors playing a role, but rather actors that reveal the clown that exists in each and every one of us.

—Watch the trailer for the song Agua querida from Cantando bajo la ducha.

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