Sam Payne helps kids clown around 

The circus-arts performer is involved with Camp ZinZanni San Francisco, a summer workshop presented by Teatro ZinZanni for 9- to-16-year-olds.

What do you hope will come out of the camp? I hope kids will come and be introduced to circus arts, including comedy and clowning, and to allow people ... to get a feel for such a unique art form.

What will kids learn there? Basic tumbling, basic clowning, some aerial and small trampoline work. The counselors do a good job getting kids into a group, and it’s wonderful to watch the kids clown around together.

What draws you to circus? I was drawn to the fact that no one expected anything from it. I see circus as a kind of forgotten art form that really has the ability to move people.

You perform the “vertical tango” with your wife, Sandra, at Teatro ZinZanni. How did the act originate? Well, it doesn’t come from late-night pole dancing! It’s actually based on ancient Chinese paintings of acrobats climbing poles. It usually involves a group, but in 2003, Sandra and I made it a duo act. The vertical tango involves great strength, love and passion.

Sarah Haughey





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