pjerrot

For even those who may be coulrophobic at heart, it's impossible not to adore Tivoli Gardens mascot and the Pantomime Theatre's star, Pjerrot.  The archetypal white clown can be seen throughout Copenhagen's famous park, be it a drawing on a kitsch mug in the gift shop or live and fooling about on the traditional Chinese stage from 1874.  

While I'll always think of Tivoli's own Pjerrot whenever I see this lovable white clown, his story goes much farther back. With one of his earliest appearances in Paris circa 1660, the character was dominant throughout the Italian Commedia dell'Arte performances, by the troupe that were travelling across Europe. 

He's a victim of an unrequited love for Columbine and acts as her guardian in a way, but usually gets entangled by the tricks of Harlequin.  He's often depicted as a fool, bumbling around on stage and demanding a natural round of laughter from the audience. Sometimes, he's sensitive and sad, other times he's mischievous and cheeky, but ultimately ends as the butt of the joke. You'll regularly see him as a sad clown, with a wide white costume and big red lips, but historically his costume and appearances is a variation of this. 

Below is a short behind-the-scenes clip from Tivoli of Pjerrot getting into character: