“If the pleasure is great, then the clown is forgiven.
He’s allowed to be no good over and over.”
~Philippe Gaulier

The Ruffians are a crackerjack crew of clowns, dancers, designers, writers, daredevils and dream-weavers based out of Chicago.

The collaborative style of The Ruffians is based on years of shows created through various experiences, official and unofficial, in and between The Neo-Futurists, The Hypocrites, and Barrel of Monkeys. During our creation processes we have a particular interest in elements of clown play, a collapsed traditional pantomime structure, Neo-Futurism, Bouffant, and 500 Clown (stunt risk and play training). These have inspired and influenced our work and our individual performances.