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Charlotte Lagro

The Day the Clown Cried

Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Liège

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Artist
Charlotte Lagro
Title
The Day the Clown Cried
Year
2015
Duration
10 min 40 s
Format & Technical

Double channel, loop, HD video, Colour, Sound
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

  • Music: Jos Netto
  • Choreography: Dönci Bánki
  • Cast: Dönci Bánki
  • Special Thanks: Alexandre Falcone, Elise and Clémentine

The video The Day the Clown Cried explores the power of performative arts in dealing with the legacy of WWII. We follow Dönci Bánki, a mime artist of Jewish descent as he visits Auschwitz-Birkenau combined with fragments of the filming of Jerry Lewis' The Day the Clown Cried.

The video diptych The Day the Clown Cried explores the power of performative arts in dealing with the legacy of WWII through three post-war generations. We follow Dönci Bánki, a mime artist of Hungarian Jewish descent as he visits Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. The video features a series of dances by Bánki on-site that are combined with rare fragments of the filming of The Day the Clown Cried, 1972, forming a parallel world to the mime artist in Auschwitz in the present day. The Day the Clown Cried is a movie by American comedian Jerry Lewis about a clown who is sent to a concentration camp. Considered too distasteful by art critics, Lewis decided never to release the film.

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