Ukrainian clown trio Aga-Boom — Dimitri Bogatirev, Iryna Ivanytska and Jesse Highley — entertained children and adults alike with their antics from the Amphitheater stage on July 15. The group performed as part of the Family Entertainment Series.
Aga-Boom has performed all over the world, but its director believes an American audience could be a little harder to please. Often, Dimitri Bogatirev said, Americans suffer from “coulrophobia,” or a fear of clowns — just think of the creepy clown in the “Poltergeist” movies.
“It’s uninhibited. It’s free. It’s playful. It’s in the body. It’s expressive. It’s dynamic. It’s risky. And it’s provocative.”
Aole Miller, the mask instructor for Chautauqua Theater Company, loves the work he does with his students. As he speaks, his students, the actors, don vibrant colored spandex, knee pads and clown noses and start to stretch. Their loud exhalations fill the room as they perform headstands and splits.
As they loosen into their clown selves, they become deeper versions of themselves.