Annual Physical Performance Intensives

Annual Physical Performance Intensives with Adam Lazarus
2 One Week Intensives in Bouffon and Performance
April 23 – May 5, 2012

Guest instructors will teach daily: movement, African dance, 5 rhythms and more.

These workshops are designed for both non-performers as well as professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre, these courses challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions to find the pleasure of being present, space, rhythm, fixed point, complicity, focus, flop and play. Why is this pleasure so important? It is with the performer’s pleasure to move, to sing, to cry, to dance, to speak, that the audience is drawn in and the performer’s beauty is pushed out.

week i. introduction to bouffon
Monday April 23, to Friday April 27, 10am – 3:00pm

An introductory class. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to mock social hypocrisies while simultaneously making audiences love you. Historically and culturally, the Bouffon traveled in groups or gangs. They stuck together and sat on the outside, in their ghettos, their swamps, looking in at the mainstream world. They watched human hypocrisies and laughed. Every now and then, they came back to do a play for the hypocrites. No subject, person or institution was spared their mockery.

Bouffon creation techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, especially those with a sense of humour. Through Jeu, students will re-discover their mental and physical agility, sensitivity, stillness and complicity in a group. The Bouffon allows the actor to be a big person in a small body and to refine their awareness of the world around them. Students are encouraged to embrace this awareness and the power of being seen and listened to.

week ii. building a performance
Monday April 30 to Friday May 4, 10am-3pm

Here students should come to class with an idea of something they want to work on and perform. Whether interested in bouffon, clown or character, the students’ focus of the week is on writing, directing and performing. This is a deeper exploration into the world of physical performance that will culminate in 2 informal public performances at the end of the workshop. Completion of week one or two, or permission from the instructor is required for this class.

Saturday May 5 & Sunday May 6Class showingsPWYC with money going back to the students.

Fees:
$350 for 25 hours of instruction over 1 week ($280 for Union or previous students)
$650 for 50 hours of instruction over 2 weeks ($520 for Union or previous students)

Payment plans available

Required deposit of $100 to hold a place, refundable up to two weeks before the workshop.

Please make cheques or money orders payable to:

Adam Lazarus
720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5S 2R5

Pre-registration & payment is required, space is limited:
(416)821-3833
OR thebouffon(at)rogers.com