Photos from Chocolat Exhibit in Paris 2016

I had the good fortune to be in Paris when the movie “Chocolat” came out last February (2016), which portrays the famous turn of the century clown duo Chocolat et Foottit. To celebrate the release, there was an exhibit on the duo at the Maison des Metallos. here are a few photos I snapped.

 

There is a lot written about the duo. John Townsen has a great post about them on his fabulously extensive blog, All Fall Down.

Dominique Jando also has written an excellent introduction to the Duo’s work in Circopedia..

Not as well known is the fact that Chocolat is perhaps the true father of Hospital Clowning. Although not the first circus clown to go visit children in the hospital, he  was the first to visit regularly going to the children’s ward at the hôpital Hérold in Paris twice a week for many years starting in 1908….

Chocolat at the hospital circa 2010.

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©Photo M.-L. Branger. Roger-Viollet.

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