Enquanto isso, as pequenas ou grandes, mas definitivamente incessantes, descobertas sobre Londres surpreendem, divertem e motivam um rapido comentario.
Tenho um amigo palhaco aquí. O Beto da Flauta, brasileiro de Curitiba e tio de uma amiga em Pelotas, foi uma das primeiras pessoas que conheci aqui e foi quem me apresentou - quando tentava entender a superposicao de ideias na tipica fase de recem-chegado - um pouquinho da cidade nova. Na verdade ele nao eh mais palhaco full-time, embora esteja sempre presente como artista de rua no Thames Festival e outros eventos.
Foi ele quem tambem me falou sobre a igreja de palhacos. Ele tentou me contatar para irmos a missa anual em memoria do Grimaldi no ultimo domingo, mas eu perdi a ligacao e tambem o, surreal e incrivel, evento.
No primeiro Domingo de fevereiro, palhacos de todo o Reino Unido se reunem em Dalston (pertissimo de onde moro) para participar da missa que homenageia o palhaco Joseph Grimaldi. A tradicao ocorre desde 1946 e desde 1967 os participantes tem permissao para mostrarem sua reverencia ao primeiro palhaco britanico em vestuario e maquiagem completa de palhaco. Inclusive o padre!
Grimaldi eh reconhecido como o maior palhaco britanico. Nasceu em Londres em 1778 e morreu em 1837. Se apresentou em teatros como o Sadler’s Wells e nas famosas casas de Drury Lane.
O evento, por assim dizer, eh um dos destaques do calendario do Clowns International, a associacao internacional de palhacos que mantem essa inacreditavel tradicao.Nao pude me conter. Copio aqui o texto do site, mas nos links acima eh possivel conferir diretamente o web site da “nossa igreja de palhacos”.
Clowns started meeting annually for divine worship in 1946. These reunions began informally and initially took place at St James Church, Pentonville Road, Islington; the connection being that Joseph Grimaldi was buried in the Churchyard. February was the chosen month as performers were generally in the London area, Circuses, such as Bertram Mills at Olympia, Tom Arnold's productions at Haringay Arena or Jack Hylton's shows at Earls Court. Alternatively, many circuses had their winter quarters in the locality. Increasing numbers of Clowns attended.
St James Church has since been demolished, but Grimaldi's grave preserved, with the graveyard transformed into a Memorial Garden. A summer celebration has been inaugurated by the residents of Islington. This occurs during the childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s half term (either the last week of May or the first week of June). The date also coincides with Joey's death and burial, but is far from a gloomy affair; the sum usually shines on a festive outdoor occasion, full of fun and laughter.
The Clowns transferred to their present spiritual home, the Holy Trinity in Dalston in 1959. It is here that the occasion has grown to its present proportions; the Church packed to bursting point and the proceedings covered by all the media. The event really came into its own when in February 1967 Clown Smokey succeeded in gaining permission for Clowns to attend in full motley. Clowns from all over the World, irrespective of religious convictions, attend in full 'motley and slap' (make-up and costume). They give thanks for the gift of laughter and honour the father of present day Clowns, Joseph Grimaldi. After the Service it is traditional for Clowns to entertain the public in the adjacent school. In 2001, a special BBC edition of Songs of Praise filmed the Grimaldi Service, and it was fittingly transmitted on Sunday,1st April, 2001, April Fool's Day!
On 11th October 1985 Holy Trinity was devastated by fire. Luckily, the Clowns' Gallery, which was also housed there, did not go up in flames. However, smoke damage and years of neglect and subsequent flooding from burst pipes, all took their toll. After two years, Holy Trinity re-opened its doors for worship. A beautiful stained glass window was installed; it was commissioned by Clowns International as a tribute to the life of Joseph Grimaldi. It was designed and made by Susan M Cook and depicts scenes from Grimaldi's career. Over the following years Clowns International refurbished the Gallery and exhibits.
The Clowns' Gallery remained at Holy Trinity until July 1994, when, because of plans to redevelop the Church Hall into a Community Centre, a new home at No. 1 Hillman Street, Hackney, London was found. The premises had generously been provided by Hackney Council. The Gallery and Archive was officially opened on 4th November 1994 by Clowns International's Honorary Life President, Ron Moody. Due to financial restraints, however, the Gallery was relocated to The All Saints Centre, Haggerston Road, Haggerston on 17th October 2002 and it officially re-opened to the public at the Grimaldi Memorial Service day on 2nd February, 2003.
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