Derek Kwan takes of his mask.
The News Lens
By: James Baron
Derek Kwan (關顯揚) is a clown. Not in the pejorative sense, and certainly not one of
those clowns that have been all over social media recently.
“It’s unfortunate because real clown is about innocence. Essentially it’s your 5-year-old self, which is the best of you. People don’t actually know what a clown show is,” says the Toronto-born actor. “They think [Stephen King’s] ‘It’ but they’ve never actually seen the joy a good clown show can bring. It’s the same with masks.”
Last year, Kwan joined Dr. Red Nose, a professional clown troupe that performs at paediatric cancer wards. The initiative was established by Ma Chao-chi (馬照琪) and based on a similar venture by a French organization named Rire Médecins. Ma is a graduate of Paris’ prestigious Theatre Jacques Lecoq and artistic director of Théâtre de La Sardine, a Taipei-based company that combines street performance, circus and physical theater. [FULL STORY]