Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)

 EVENTS 2017

 

 Sunday, 22 January, 16:30 

26 Waltham Pl, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia

 

Bouffons and the Ecstasy of Mocking

 

A lecture demonstration
with

Giovanni Fusetti


During this lecture, the Italian theatre pedagogue and fool Giovanni Fusetti will guide the audience through the history and origins of this dramatic territory, from its origins in Greek theatre to its contemporary variations, and he will explore the unique wildness and the profound mythological and political power of Bouffons

He will he explores questions like:

Where do Bouffons come from?

What is their relationship with Clown and comic theater?

What is their dramatic potentials?

What is the duality between tragedy and bouffons?

 

The word Bouffon is a modern French theater term that was re-coined 1960 by Jaques Lecoq at his international theater school in Paris to describe a specific style of performance work, based in the art of mockery.

The essence of the Bouffon is mocking: the mocking figure is a specific role, existing in all human societies. The bouffon represents elements of his or her society in an amplified, distorted, exagerated way, therefore provoking laughter or outrage. Bouffons don't have opinions, and don't protect any side from their mocking. Their purpose is to have fun mocking humans and therefore they use everything they find. This is their power: they see and play with everything.

 

Date & Time:
January 22nd 4:30pm - 6:30pm (Including a Q&A)


Location:
Richmond Uniting Church, 26 Waltham Pl, Richmond, 3121

 

 

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL:
https://www.trybooking.com/OFRS

 

If you have any queries or questions please contact Kimberley Twiner via FB or email ktwiner@gmail.com

 

EVENTS 2016

Monday July 25th

Celebration Barn Theatre, Maine, USA

Bouffons and the Ecstasy of Mocking

A lecture demonstration
with

Giovanni Fusetti

 

During this lecture, the Italian theatre pedagogue and fool Giovanni Fusetti will guide the audience through the history and origins of this dramatic territory, from its origins in Greek theatre to its contemporary variations, and he will explore the unique wildness and the profound mythological and political power of Bouffons.

He will he explores questions like: Where do Bouffons come from? What is their relationship with Clown and comic theater? What is their dramatic potentials? What is the duality between tragedy and bouffons?

The word Bouffon is a modern French theater term that was re-coined 1960 by Jaques Lecoq at his international theater school in Paris to describe a specific style of performance work, based in the art of mockery.

The essence of the Bouffon is mocking: the mocking figure is a specific role, existing in all human societies. The bouffon represents elements of his or her society in an amplified, distorted, exagerated way, therefore provoking laughter or outrage. Bouffons don't have opinions, and don't protect any side from their mocking. Their purpose is to have fun mocking humans and therefore they use everything they find. This is their power: they see and play with everything.


8:00 to 10:00 pm

Directions

 

 

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 Saturday, July 23rd

Brattleboro, Maine, USA

SUBLIME STUPIDITY
  a Talk with

Giovanni Fusetti


 

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden

Thursday April 21st at 6.15pm



BOUFFONS AND THE ECSTASY OF MOCKING
 

A lecture-demonstration with
Giovanni Fusetti

At UNIARTS


(click on link for details)

 

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Thursday, March 24

PORTLAND, Oregon, USA

 

 

BOUFFONS AND THE ECSTASY OF MOCKING

A lecture demonstration
with Giovanni Fusetti

 

8:00 to 9:30
The Playground Gym, 505 NE Grand, Portland, OR 97232

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EVENTS 2015

 

HELSINKI, Finland

Bouffons and the Ecstasy of Mocking
A lecture demonstration with Giovanni Fusetti


Friday, October 2, 18:10

STOA

MASQUE FESTIVAL

 

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina

Wednesday, September 16, 21:00

Bouffons and the Ecstasy of Mocking
A lecture demonstration with Giovanni Fusetti



Cabuia Teatro
,

With the support of
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA DI BUENOS AIRES

 

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Boulder Circus Centre, Boulder, Colorado

Trixie La Room
Saturday, August 15th, 7:30pm

 

THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy 
 

 

 

 

The Clown is a very precise and rigorous poetical dis-order.
It is the poetical transposition of the unique silliness of the artist.
It’s a state of presence, completely rooted in the here and now of the action in space.
Among all theatre genres, Red Nose Clown is the most personal and original of all: it’s a fin crucial step in the journey of Physical Theatre, when the artist arrives to explore his own imperfections, physical conflicts, “non-neutral attitudes,” and “background noises,” to amplify them with the use of the smallest mask in the world: the Red Nose. As a theatrical language, Clown has a unique poetic potential because it allows the artist to explore and play with the naiveté of the child and the rigor of the adult, thus revealing the poetry of the absolutly ridiculous.

There are many ways of being funny: creating comic characters, comic actions, comic stories… But each one of us is stupid in a very specific and original way. The sublime stupidity of the clown is his enduring openness to life, despite his own radical imperfection.
During this lecture, Giovanni Fusetti will guide the audience through a journey of discovery of the world of Clown. He will trace an artistic and pedagogical history of this way of theatre-making, and will connect Clown with different theatre genres, and with the world of theatre masks, flirting with its philosophical and spiritual dimensions. He will prove to the dear audience that intelligence is limited and stupidity is infinite, and he will celebrate his own stupidity as well as the audience’s, with a variety of demonstrations on clowns and their world, including a brief open class on discovering one’s own clown.
Come if you want to face your perfect imperfection.


Duration: 2 hours with brief intermission
Free admission, donations are welcome.
 
For information please email giovanni.fusetti@helikos.com or call 720 938 0752.

For directions please visit
http://www.bouldercircuscenter.com/Directions.htm

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A series of lectures-performances 
in Portland Oregon
with Giovanni Fusetti

 

MARCH 1, 2015

THE TAO OF LAUGHTER
  Comic archetypes and the healing power of humor

 

 

Laughter is a universal human delight. Comedy, or the art of making people laugh, is as ancient as humankind. There are so many ways of being funny: jokes, comic characters, comic actions, funny stories, paradoxes, non-sense… And there are many comic genres, each one creating laughter through different patterns: comedy, satire, absurd, grotesque, slapstick, clown…
What is in common is the mystery of laughter: the moment in which something in our body lets go and an overflow of vitality takes over, in a dance of breath, sound and pleasure.
And then there is something unique and original that makes each one of us funny in a particular way and that makes each one of us laugh for specific and very intimate reasons: it’s our sense of humor.
Humor emerges as an ally at the edge between order and chaos, between controllig and letting go, between fighting and surrendering, between trauma and release.
The Clown, the Trickster, the Fool, the Bouffon, the Joker are just a few of the archetypal figures that inhabit our psyche and are always available to teach us the crazy wisdom of letting go. To laugh at oneself, to laugh with oneself, transforms fragility, imperfections and contradictions into comic poetry and power.

During this lecture, Giovanni Fusetti will guide the audience in a poetic journey through a variety of comic territories and archetypes, exploring the artistic, psychological and spiritual dimension of humor and laughter.
Drawing from his 20 years experience in the use of theatre in performance, artistic training, education and healing, he will celebrate the paradox of being human and the beauty of our perfect imperfection.

Location: Be Space, 211 SE 11th Avenue, Portland
Time: Saturday, February 28th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

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Monday, February 16, 2015

THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy 
 

 

 

 

The Clown is a very precise and rigorous poetical dis-order.
It is the poetical transposition of the unique silliness of the artist.
It’s a state of presence, completely rooted in the here and now of the action in space.
Among all theatre genres, Red Nose Clown is the most personal and original of all: it’s a fin crucial step in the journey of Physical Theatre, when the artist arrives to explore his own imperfections, physical conflicts, “non-neutral attitudes,” and “background noises,” to amplify them with the use of the smallest mask in the world: the Red Nose. As a theatrical language, Clown has a unique poetic potential because it allows the artist to explore and play with the naiveté of the child and the rigor of the adult, thus revealing the poetry of the absolutly ridiculous.

There are many ways of being funny: creating comic characters, comic actions, comic stories… But each one of us is stupid in a very specific and original way. The sublime stupidity of the clown is his enduring openness to life, despite his own radical imperfection.
During this lecture, Giovanni Fusetti will guide the audience through a journey of discovery of the world of Clown. He will trace an artistic and pedagogical history of this way of theatre-making, and will connect Clown with different theatre genres, and with the world of theatre masks, flirting with its philosophical and spiritual dimensions. He will prove to the dear audience that intelligence is limited and stupidity is infinite, and he will celebrate his own stupidity as well as the audience’s, with a variety of demonstrations on clowns and their world, including a brief open class on discovering one’s own clown.
Come if you want to face your perfect imperfection.

Location: The Shout House , 210 SE Madison St., Ste 11, Portland
Time: Monday, February 16th, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

Directions: Please note that Madison St is located UNDER the level of Hatwhorne Bridge. The GPS might give you wrong indications. You need to exit from SE Hawthorne Bld as soon as yu have crossed the river.
In case you need last minute help please call  503-875-6889.

 

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February 7, 2015

THE NEUTRAL MASK
The silence of the Poetic Body

 

 

The Neutral Mask is a full mask that doesn’t have any dramatic expression, so it doesn’t evoke any character. It allows the actor to explore a state of presence and potentiality, that exists before the dramatic action. The Neutral Mask has no memory and no future, it lives in the present, in the here and now of theatrical space. Through the Neutral Mask, the actor discovers a state of physical presence, calm and openness to space. This is challenging, because in terms of movement, no-body is neutral: every-body carries patterns that are profoundly expressive, em-bodied in everyday movement. There is a web of "non-neutral attitudes" and physical and emotional “background noises" within each person's movement and physical presence. If observed through the reference of the Neutral State, this web appears like painting/markings on a white sheet. They are “dramatic” in the etymological sense: they contain a drama: an action.
Once the actor has discovered this state, s/he can unfold the patterns that are impressed in the body, reaching a further level of physical awareness, in the never ending quest to become like “a white page, ready to be written on in the future dramas“ Jacques Lecoq.
For this reasons the Neutral Mask is a key step in the journey of movement theatre: it is the mask behind all theatre masks. It teaches the shape-shifting actor how each character development is based in a unbalance from neutrality.
During this lecture, Giovanni Fusetti will explore the history and poetic potential of the work on Neutrality, and he will demonstrate the key steps in the pedagogic work with the Neutral Mask.

Location:  The Shout House , 210 SE Madison St., Ste 11, PORTLAND
Time: Saturday, February 7th, 7:30-9:30 pm



EVENTS 2014

 

 

Saturday August 23rd, 7:30 pm
Boulder Circus Centre
, Boulder Colorado, USA
THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy

A lecture-presentation with Giovanni Fusetti

 

 

EVENTS 2013

 For the events at the International School of Theatre Creation HELIKOS, in Florence, please visit www.helikos.org.

 

EVENTS 2012

 

 

Monday August 20th, 7:30 pm
Boulder Circus Centre
, Boulder Colorado, USA
THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy

A lecture-presentation with Giovanni Fusetti

 

 

EVENTI 2011

Monday August 15th, 7:30 pm
Boulder Circus Centre
, Boulder Colorado, USA
THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy

 A lecture-presentation with Giovanni Fusetti

 

Monday September 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th, 7:30 pm
NOMAD THEATRE, 1410 Quince Ave, Boulder, CO, USA
RED NOSES: Final presentation of the intensive clown workshop

 

Abbotsford Convent, Dorm 1, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Thursday June 9th, 2011, 7 :30 pm to 9 :30

THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy

A lecture-presentation with Giovanni Fusetti

 

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EVENTI 2010

 

FIRENZE, Sabato 16 Ottobre 2010, ore 16:00

INAUGURAZIONE DI HELIKOS

Helikos invita titti coloro che ci hanno aiutato ad aprire la nostra sede di Firenze: amici, vicini, collaboratori, ex-allievi e quanti sono iteressati a celebrare con noi l'inizio del nuovo anno di lezioni alla Scuola Internazionale.
La sede della scuola sara' aperta al pubblico per una presentazione delle attivita' di Helikos, seguta da una serata di musica e danze. Contattateci se siete interessati a partecipare.

 

 

 

Monday August 16th and Tuesday August 17th, 7:30 pm
NOMAD THEATRE, 1410 Quince Ave, Boulder, CO, USA
RED NOSES: Final presentation of the intensive clown workshop

 

 

  

Sunday July 25th, 8 pm
Boulder Circus Centre
, Boulder Colorado, USA
THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy

 A lecture-presentation with Giovanni Fusetti

 

Monday, July 19th, 7.30 pm
Boulder Circus Centre
, Boulder Colorado, USA
VARIATIONS ON BOUFFONS: Final presentation of the intensive training on Bouffons


 

 

 

Saturday, June 26th, 8 pm
Boulder Circus Centre
, Boulder Colorado, USA
BOUFFON: the exstasy of Mocking
 A lecture-presentation with Giovanni Fusetti

 

 

EVENTS 2009

 

SUNDAY MARCH 1st, 6:00 pm
in the GYMNASIUM OF THE EDINBURGH INSTITUTE
24 Glanville Terrace, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
RED NOSES: A Clown Variety Show
The Final Presentation of the INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THEATRE CLOWN
led by Giovanni Fusetti

 

 

Sunday, May 10, 2:00 p.m.
Historic Landmark Building, Rotunda
PAFA Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts,  PHILADELPHIA
Sublime Stupidity
A Clown Lecture-Demonstration with Pig Iron Theatre Company and Giovanni Fusetti

 

Sunday August 2nd, 8 pm
Boulder Circus Centre
, Boulder Colorado, USA
THE SUBLIME STUPIDITY
Theatre Clown and the essence of Physical Comedy

 A lecture-presentation with Giovanni Fusetti

 

Philadelphia Live Arts Festival
September 4 – 19

Pig Iron Company presents
Welcome to Yuba City
Press review

 

 

 

EVENTS 2008

 

Kristiansand, Norway, Rosegarden Theatre House, July 12-13-14: SWINGING HIGH, clown solo with Peter Sweet, directed by Giovanni Fusetti. (PDF)

Rosegarden TheatreHouse, July 18-19-20: A Clown Variety Show. The final performance of the International Summer School on Theatre Clown. (PDF)

Boulder, August 26th, 2008:  The Sublime Stupidity, Lecture Demonstration

New York Clown Festival, September 5th to 28th: C'EST LA NUIT QU'IL FAUT ATTRAPER LA LUMIERE, clown solo with Orianne Bernard, directed by Giovanni Fusetti. (PDF)

 

 

 

 Seravezza (LU), Piccolo Teatro della Versilia, DOMENICA 30 NOVEMBRE Ore 21.
La Maschera Neutra: il silenzio del corpo teatrale
. Una lezione-spettacolo alla scoperta della "maschera che sta dietro tutte lemaschere" (Jacques Lecoq), lo strumento fondamentale della pedagogia del movimento teatrale. Una serata insolita, tra silenzio e parola.

 

                          
 

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