Pig Iron Presents a Bouffon Masterclass with me…

Pig Iron Presents
Bouffon Masterclass
with Toronto’s Adam Lazarus
*One Night Only – Monday, November 23*  
Join us for a Bouffon master class with Toronto’s award-winning Adam Lazarus, former pedagogical assistant to Philippe Gaulier. Take the plunge into a world of hypocrisy, razor-sharp mockery, physical precision and the satirical world of the bouffon.

About the workshop
This workshop is designed for both 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, this weekend course will challenge students to take risks, hone their improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions.  The workshop aims to help actors find the pleasure of being present and the utter joys in mocking the sacred and critiquing the people and institutions who have power and influence and who set the rules for how society should function.  

 
About the Bouffon
The bouffons travel in gangs and emerge out of the ghettos and swamps to look at and confront the mainstream world, to poke it and to unveil hypocrisy in all its forms.  A study of the bouffon ideally leads toward play, hilarity and incendiary critiques. It is with the performer’s pleasure to move, to sing, to cry and to dance, that the audience is drawn in and the performer’s beauty is pushed out. Games and exercises are used to discover students’ pleasure to play and mock social deceptions while simultaneously making audiences love you.
Bouffon creation techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, especially those with a wicked sense of humor. Adam Lazarus is an award-winning actor, director and acting instructor.  He regularly teaches at Canada’s National Theatre School as well as the University of Toronto.  He was a former apprentice to Philippe Gaulier with whom he also studied.  Adam is the Artistic Director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.
Date/Time
Monday, November 23, 2015
6:30-10pm
Location
Pig Iron Theatre School
1417 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Cost
$30
RSVP
There are a limited number of spaces. Register now.
meganj@pigiron.org
215.425.1100

WEEKEND INTENSIVE IN FORM – Clown, bouffon, character, melodrama and jeu

WEEKEND INTENSIVE IN FORM
Clown, bouffon, character, melodrama and jeu 
Bootsy Collins by Michael Weintrob

WHAT:
A three day taster of the language of comedy and physical performance. Over the weekend we will explore the forms of jeu, clown, bouffon, character and melodrama.

WHEN:
August 28-30, 2015

FOR WHO: 
Designed for both non-performers as well as professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers.

MORE WHAT:
Le Jeu
French word for play. The foundation of all performance under this pedagogy. A day of discovering how to have fun, how to play on the stage.

Melodrama
The play of performing the greatest emotions of the human palette, the song of the human experience, amplified for 5000 people.

Character
The pleasure to be hidden inside the full bodied mask of a character.

Bouffon
The art of social satire.

Clown
The joy of being ridiculous.

TIMES:
Friday August 28, 6-10pm,
Saturday August 29, 11-5pm
Sunday August 30, 1-5pm

HOW MUCH:
$250/$200 for CAEA/union affiliated/teachers/previous students

$75 deposit required to hold a spot.

LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Toronto

Auditing options available.
Bursaries available.
Limited Space available.

For more info or to reserve a spot:
visit: www.quiptake.com,
email: adlazarus@rogers.com
call: 416-821-3833

TAUGHT BY WHO:
Adam Lazarus is an internationally celebrated artist and acting instructor across Canada, the USA and in Europe. He is a sessional instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and a regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He is the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns and a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier.

2 Week Creation Workshop in July

IMG_8571This July, I’m running a two week intensive geared towards creation and presentation.

This course focuses on the generation and refining of material. Starting with the question, ‘what’s on your mind?‘ and ending the two weeks with created plays, character monologues, turns, dialogues, or readings that are ready for public viewing.

The goal is for these pieces to be in the pocket of the students for future development and presentation.

Classes run Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm

Please allow 2 to 3 hours of extra time daily outside of class for rehearsal.

Public performances on Saturday July 26th and Sunday July 27th.

Limited class size of 14 people.

If interested, please fill out the application below and return to me at adamlazarus0(at)gmail(dot)com

What: Creation Workshop
When: July 13 – July 26, 2015, 10am to 5pm weekdays, weekend evening performances
WherePia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Studio Theatre
Cost: $600 ($480 for union and previous students)
Who: Myself and guest movement instructors and dramaturges

APPLY HERE: Creation Workshop Application

MIND/BODY AND AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT Intensive with Tedi Tafel from Montreal

Back by popular demand!

Mind/Body & Authentic Movement Intensive with Tedi Tafel from Montreal

June 23 – 27, 2014
10am-1:30pm daily

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
This workshop will bring together two very different, yet complementary, physical practices: Mind/Body training and Authentic Movement.

Mind/Body begins with form and looks to find the life inside that shapes it (sensation, intention, and perception). Authentic Movement starts with impulse and explores the pathway into form. Seemingly opposite in approach their common goal is to create access and openness in the performing body.

MIND/BODY:
Mind/Body training is based on the research of Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka. It’s an energetic, dynamic workout that re-examines the mental structures and physical habits that can inhibit the potential state of the individual. Here we rigorously explore the body as a site of presence and transformation while developing strength, stamina, support, precision and abandon. As the mind ‘drops’ into the body, a concrete experience of sustained presence is made possible.

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT:
Authentic Movement looks to the body as source and inspiration through the embodiment of internal impulse. Here the body is seen as subject, to be attended to, listened to, with its stories, intelligence, perceptions and experiences. Leaving aside for the time being our desire to invent, to direct, to be creative, we learn instead to listen and allow. As we enter this realm that is unplanned, without goal, unpredictable and often surprising, we invite direct experience of personal and creative truth.

Maximun of 14 participants

FEE:
1 week for $350 ($280 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)

$50 deposit to hold a spot

Some bursaries available.

TO REGISTER:
Contact Adam at adlazarus@rogers.com

LOCATION:
Pia Bouman School for Creative Movement

TEDI TAFEL has been a teacher, dancer and choreographer for over 25 years. At the heart of her work is an interest in exploring movement as an entranceway into the deeper layers of human experience. Tedi is an award -winning artist with a reputation for creating innovative and deeply sensitive work. Her most recent project, Calendar, was a yearlong site-specific performance series. (www.calendarproject.ca). She is inspired by a long-term engagement with somatic practices that access the intelligence of the body and reveal its intrinsic expressive language. Along with her studies with Butoh master Min Tanaka, she has worked extensively with renowned teachers Janet Alder and Judith Koltai in the disciplines of Authentic Movement and Embodied Practice. Tedi has taught across the country and at the Stratford Festival and Playwrights Workshop of Montreal. From 1997-2013 she played a principal role in the training of actors and playwrights at the National Theatre School of Canada.Trajectory Field, Antony Gromley

Nighttime Bouffon and Jeu Intensive with Adam Lazarus – August 18-22, 2014

1921mirrorFor the first time in 5 years, Adam Lazarus is offering an evening class in Bouffon and Jeu.

Don’t miss out!

From August 18 – 22, 2014
6pm – 10pm daily

The workshop begins with a focus on Jeu – the rediscovery of how to play, mental and physical agility, stillness and complicity in a group. As the week progresses, students will explore the Bouffon – the art of satire by using text, play and improvisation to generate material, scenes and characters.

At the core of Bouffon is the fine art of satire. Dating back to the middle ages, the Bouffon were the outcasts of society who sat in their ghettos, their swamps, watching the mainstream world, noting their foibles and laughing. Today’s Bouffon takes the shape of Sasha Baron Cohen, Stephen Colbert, the South Park team, or Chris Lilley. For the Bouffon, no subject, person or institution is spared mockery and ridicule.

Students will be challenged to take risks, hone improvisational skills and push through performance inhibitions to find the pleasure of being present, space, rhythm, fixed point, complicity, focus, flop and play. This workshop is designed for both non-performers as well as professional and pre-professional actors, directors, dancers, writers, critical thinkers and physical performers, wishing to increase their performance palette.

Fee: $400 + HST for 20 hours of instruction ($320 for any union affiliations or previous students)

Required deposit of $100

To Register, contact Adam at adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com

As an instructor, Adam Lazarus is known for his intensity, clarity and ability to safely guide students into unknown creative terrain. Adam is a celebrated and award winning actor, director and acting teacher who is based in Toronto, Canada. He is an instructor at The National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto as well as a consultant and regular facilitator of workshops for many of Canada’s top musicians, theatre and film makers. He is the artistic-director of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.

December Jeu and Bouffon workshop – Toronto

1382981_10153341647435640_792415314_nJeu and Bouffon workshop with Adam Lazarus and guest instructors
December 9 – 13, 2013
Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm daily. 

The workshop begins with a focus on Jeu – the rediscovery of how to play, mental and physical agility, stillness and complicity in a group. As the week progresses, students will explore the Bouffon – the art of satire by using text, play and improvisation to generate material, scenes and characters.

This class is for artists from any and all disciplines – actors, dancers, directors, comedians, physical theatre artists, bouffons, clowns, characters, spoken word artists, critical thinkers, et al.

Fee: $400 + HST for 20 hours of instruction ($320 for any union affiliations or previous students)

Required deposit of $100

Bursaries available.

MindBody/Authentic Movement with Tedi Tafel, 2013

Trajectory Field, Antony Gromley

QUIPTAKE PRESENTS
A WORKSHOP WITH TEDI TAFEL

Week 1: Monday June 24- Saturday June 29, 10am-1pm

Week 2: Monday July 1 – Friday July 5, 10am-1pm

 

FEES:
1 week for $350 ($280 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)
2 weeks for $625 ($500 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)
Payment plans and bursaries available

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
These 2 one week workshops will investigate the body’s capacity for expression, communication and creativity, through the bringing together of two very different, yet complimentary, physical practices: Mind/Body training and Authentic Movement.

MB begins with form and looks to find the life inside that shapes it (sensation, intention, and perception). AM starts with impulse and explores the pathway into form. Seemingly opposite in approach their common goal is to create access and openness in the performing body. In combination, they provoke the individual towards new terrain. What happens when these different ways of being meet and collide? How do they feed each other, how might they inspire freedom from obstruction, availability, transformation and creativity? While the workshop is geared for performers, in the spirit of inquiry we invite practitioners from diverse disciplines to join us. The aim is to incite a rich and fertile investigation.

Mind/Body:
Tedi Tafel’s teaching of Mind/Body training is based on the research of Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka. MB is an energetic, dynamic workout that re-examines the mental structures and physical habits that can inhibit the potential state of the individual. Here we rigorously explore the body as a site of transformation while developing strength, stamina, support, precision and abandon.

Authentic Movement:
Authentic Movement is a self-directed practice of embodying internal impulse. The body is seen as subject, to be attended to, listened to, with its own stories, intelligence, perceptions and experiences. As we learn to suspend judgment and analytical thinking, a more receptive attitude is adopted. At the heart of the practice is the willingness to surrender to the experience of the moment. Giving up controlling, directing, censoring and deciding, we enter a realm that is unplanned, without goal, unpredictable and often surprising, one that invites direct experience of personal and creative truth.

REGISTRATION:
Contact Adam Lazarus at adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com

DATES & TIMES:
Week 1: Monday June 24- Saturday June 29, 10am-1pm
Week 2: Monday July 1 – Friday July 5, 10am-1pm

FEES:
1 week for $350 ($280 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)
2 weeks for $625 ($500 – CAEA, CADA, ACTRA, previous students and other Unions)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Tedi Tafel is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Montreal. She makes site-specific performance events that blend movement, sound, video and architecture and challenge the dictates of the cityscape in terms of how we perceive our surroundings and how we habitually move inside them. For her, the body is the very site and vehicle of direct experience and movement is an entranceway into the deeper layers of what it is to be human. She has been greatly influenced by her studies in Japan with Butoh masters Min Tanaka and Kazuo Ohno and her long-term work with Authentic Movement pioneers Janet Alder and Judith Koltai. Over the past 20 years, her work as an artist has been presented across Canada, in Europe, Iceland and New York. Since 1994 she has taught a generation of actors and playwrights at the National Theatre School of Canada. She has also facilitated workshops across the country and at the Stratford Festival and Playwrights Workshop in Montreal.

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

Fees: 
$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)rogers.com

QuipTake presents MindBody/Authentic Movement, A Provocation with Tedi Tafel

QuipTake presents a workshop with Tedi Tafel

MindBody/Authentic Movement, A Provocation
June 25 – June 30, 2012, 10am-1pm
Pia Bouman School for Creative Movement
$350 ($280 for equity members)
*Some bursaries available on a case by case basis – please inquire

For information and registration, contact Adam Lazarus at adlazarus(at)rogers(dot)com or 416-821-3833

Space is limited, so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
A 6 day intensive that will investigate the body’s capacity for expression, communication and creativity, through the experience of two radical physical practices: Mind/Body training and Authentic Movement.

A Provocation:
MB begins with form and seeks to find the life inside that shapes it, AM starts with impulse that seeks to find its outward form. Seemingly opposite in approach these 2 practices have the potential to provoke the individual towards new terrain. What happens when these 2 ways of being meet and collide… in a class, in a moment, in a body? How do they feed each other, how might they inspire freedom from obstruction, availability, transformation, creativity? While the workshop is geared for performers, in the spirit of inquiry we invite practitioners from diverse disciplines to join us. The goal is to provoke a rich and fertile investigation.

What is at the centre of the two practices?

Mind/Body:
Tedi Tafel’s teaching of MindBody training is based on the research of Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka. MB is an energetic, dynamic work-out that re-examines the mental structures and physical habits that can inhibit the potential state of the individual. Here we rigorously explore the body as a site of transformation while developing strength, stamina, precision and abandon.

Authentic Movement:
Authentic Movement is a self-directed practice of embodying internal impulse. Here the body is seen as subject, to be attended to, listened to, with its own stories, intelligence, perceptions and experiences. As we learn to suspend judgment and analytical thinking, a more receptive attitude is adopted. At the heart of the practice is the willingness to surrender to the experience of the moment. Giving up controlling, directing, censoring and deciding, we enter a realm that is unplanned, without goal, unpredictable and often surprising, one that invites direct experience of personal and creative truth.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Tedi Tafel is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Montreal. As an artist and educator, her understanding of the body and of movement as an expressive form is deeply inspired by extensive studies with Janet Adler and Judith Koltai, eminent teachers of Authentic Movement and her training with Butoh masters Min Tanaka and Kazuo Ohno. Since 1994 she has taught a generation of actors and playwrights at the National Theatre School of Canada. She has also facilitated workshops across the country as well as at the Stratford Festival and Playwrights Workshop in Montreal.

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