May 27, 2023

Master classes are conducted by specialists of the project “Hospital clowns” Pilyulkin Family “from Chelyabinsk – Natalia Shirokova and Yulia Novykh

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Tell the story through pantomime, and then ask the viewer what he saw and share what was intended. This is just one of the master classes held for DobroKlounov NAO by specialists from the Pilyulkin Family project from Chelyabinsk. It aims to work in pairs and to interact with the audience.

For example, the participants are given a task – to show someone who is late for the plane. The girl approaches the liner from the right, then from the left, but all attempts are in vain: the winged car flies away without her.

– Who understood that she wanted to fly away on this plane? Getting on a plane, yes, but flying away, no. This is a common mistake: we came up with our own story, but we don’t think how others should understand it. The viewer should have understood that you want to fly away on this plane. Let’s discuss how this could be shown, – says Yulia Novykh, a psychologist at the Pilyulkin Family project.

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Experienced speakers come to NAO for the second time. Training “Medical clownery. Socio-cultural rehabilitation of children and adults who find themselves in difficult life circumstances” was made possible thanks to the support of the M-IT company of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

Trainings are held in the city from April 30 to May 2. During this time, the participants will remember the main aspects and principles of hospital clowning, discuss the props and costumes of clowns, develop a list of games that you can go to the department with.

– We have the Chelyabinsk Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital, there is an oncology department where about 80 children are, we visit the departments of gastroenterology and neurosurgery. The head of the hospital believes that such clowns are necessary for children who are being treated. Our work was especially noticeable during covid times – we performed right in front of the windows. We share our experience, teach how to work for a partnership, perform for a large number of children, acting skills, – says Natalya Shirokova, head of the Pilyulkin Family project.

A separate block of classes is devoted to the emotional state of the hospital clown himself. At the training, they will talk about emotional hygiene, motivation, and maintaining the resource state.

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– Psychological work is aimed at ensuring that the participants in our project do not burn out. Hospital clowning is an emotionally difficult event, it is important not to forget about yourself as a specialist, says Yulia Novykh.

Recall hospital clown movement in NAO – “DobroClowns” – appeared in the region in 2020. The authors of the charity project are Evgenia Rastyagaeva and Alena Ruzhnikova.

During its existence, DobroClowns made more than 100 trips to the children’s department of the Nenets District Hospital, the Pustozersky boarding house, the Nash Dom Family Center and the Special Childhood Center.

An important part of DobroKlounov’s work is targeted assistance. Often, project participants come directly to families, to a specific child who is important to give a holiday.

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– It is very nice when parents have a positive attitude towards our work. There was one boy, my mother immediately warned – he does not make contact with strangers. We came, the kid was shy and hid. They worked on the stairs. First, they threw a ball between each other and it so happened that he rolled away to our young viewer. And then the boy threw this ball in response to us! So he liked it, he played. We were already leaving, and he keeps throwing the ball to us – from the top of the stairwell down. The main thing is to catch the moment when the child begins to contact you and develop it – Evgenia Rastyagaeva recalls.

Students of the Naryan-Mar Social and Humanitarian College Victoria Levchakova and Maria Vokueva try their hand at hospital clowning for the first time. We saw information about trainings in a VKontakte post and decided to learn more about it.

– It was interesting how medicine can be combined – something very serious, with clownery – a joke. Classes are interesting, amazing cases of helping, encouraging children and adults, – the girls share.

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The training also discusses the psychological characteristics of children undergoing long-term treatment. Participants work out exercises for improvisation, development of acting skills, voice, speech and stage movement.

Anyone can become a part of the GoodClowns team. The main thing is a positive attitude and a desire to help people. Learn more about the charity project in the VKontakte group.

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