Entertainment through the Centuries: A History of Clowns

In this lecture we will travel back in time to the origin of the clown as an entertainment figure and as the icon of the travelling circuses. How did the idea of the clown as a comedy character come to life? When was the peak of the popularity of the clown figure? How has the character developed through the ages? Why the red nose and the make up? This, and many more questions about the enigmatic clown character will be answered in this lecture. We will talk about the different clowns that have amused and amazed their audience through history, and there will be a presentation of different types of clowns from different cultures. There will be old photographs, modern clown characters and the clowns’ place in mythology, society and, of course, in comedy. Warm welcome to this inspiring entertainment lecture.

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  • the total duration of the event is 1 hour ( ~ 50mins lecture and 10mins Q&A)
  • the talk doesn’t require any prior training and anyone can join
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Lena Brennand
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Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand is a Norwegian lecturer who holds a master’s degree in language, culture, and literature. She has been lecturing and teaching various subjects since 1998. Her field of interest and focus has always been topics that others consider strange, eccentric, and eerie, and she has specialised in a variety of dark subjects linked to folklore, mythology and Victorian traditions and medicine. Her students and audience often point out her thorough knowledge about the subjects she is teaching and lecturing, in addition to her charismatic appearance. She has worked as a curator and lecturer for the famous London based Last Tuesday Society and Viktor Wynd Museum for Fine Art and Unnatural History since 2021 and holds the all-time record in the museum’s history with more than 21000 interests on her online lecture on Erotic Folktales in 2022. She refers to herself as a performance lecturer and always gives her audience an outstanding experience.

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