Gravy: Still Clowning Around
As an emcee
at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, Wavy Gravy enjoyed putting the reporters
on. Asked what he planned to use for crowd control, he answered: "Cream
pies and seltzer bottles. " His puckish wit also once led him to organize
a "Pigasus for President" campaign, which tried to put a pig in the
White House. Now Wavy, 47, has taken his clowning around a step further
as the director of a traveling circus camp for kids.
a friend started their camp for what he calls "the circus and theater
arts" five years ago. Wavy provides the instruction in clowning and
improvisation, while other teachers handle juggling, tightrope-walking,
trapeze performing and the martial arts. "What we are essentially dealing
with is imagination," says Wavy, who lives in Berkeley, Calif. "Living
in this kind of world, it's good to be able to move creatively from
one moment to the next. "His circus called Camp Winnarainbow
will offer two-week courses this summer in cities in California,
New Mexico and New York.
also active in the antinuclear movementwhere clowning, he insists,
might come in handy. "You don't hear a bunch of rednecks get together
and say "Hey, let's go kill a few clowns'," says Wavy. "I've finally
found a safe identity."
KEERDOJA with bureau reports