December Workshop in Bouffon

Physical Performance Intensives with Adam Lazarus 

One Week Intensive in Bouffon
December 3 – 7, 2012

Guest instructors will teach daily: movement, African dance, 5 rhythms and more. This workshop is 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. 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: bouffon
Monday December 3, to Friday December 7, 10am – 3:00pm
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.

Max # of students: 16

$375 for 25 hours of instruction over 1 week ($300 for Union or previous students)

Payment plans and bursaries 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)