Traditional artist clowning around with RBE kids this week
September 25. 2013 9:15AM
Traditional artist Duane Reichert is conducting workshops this week for local students as part of the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artist In Schools and Communities program. The artist will work with various grade levels during the residency at Robert Bennis Elementary Sept. 23-27.
Reichert presents a performance genre unique to the culture of the American West – the rodeo clown. Reichert opens a dramatic, colorful world to students with the use of stylized make-up, traditional clown clothing, comedy skits and animals. He will work with a core group of students to create their own interpretation of slapstick comedy skits for RBE and the Brandon community at 2 p.m. this Friday in the RBE gymnasium.
Reichert has performed for more than 6 million rodeo fans throughout North America.
He has longer than 40 years of experience as a rodeo clown. In 1996 and 1997, Reichert was chosen as the Barrelman Specialty Act at the First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo. In 2001 and again in 2002, he was an opening act at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. He is a 2002 honoree of the Casey Tibbs Foundation and was a barrelman and specialty act at the 2005 Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.
This program is sponsored by the Robert Bennis PTA, with support provided by the South Dakota Arts Council with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.