Bouffon Intensive Weekend 8/18-8/20

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Bouffon Intensive Weekend 8/18-8/20

250.00

with Nathaniel Justiniano of Naked Empire Bouffon Company

August 18 -20 : Fri 6-10pm, Sat & Sun 10-5

Location: Drop Forge & Tool and Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY

Class size limited to 16 students.

Register by July 14 : $200

Register by July 31 : $250

Register after July 31 : $275

 

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What is Bouffon? Bouffon is an intense, satiric form of comedic performance that uses absurdity, obscenity, and physicality to build characters, create ensembles, and engage an audience. Bouffons hold a dangerous, hilarious fun-house mirror up to society's hopes, fears, successes, and failings. They revel in the ups and downs of our daily lives, while embracing the tragedies we share and the shame we hide.

Why should I learn Bouffon? Our class will teach you new ways to build committed, in-the-moment performances using the full reach of your imagination and intellect. The incisive play of Bouffons is immediately applicable to any process involving scripted theater, dance, performance art, activism and beyond.

Here are some of the skills you’ll learn through Bouffon:

  • Entering into and creating within a state of ecstatic play
  • Practicing techniques for shape-shifting between characters of heightened text and grace to those of
  • base, groveling goblin prophets
  • Building audacious and confrontational audience engagement
  • Wielding stillness and silence like a scalpel
  • Parodying social maladies and hypocrisies
  • Embracing ramshackle techniques for on-the- fly costume creation

Who should take the class? We welcome performers of all skill levels, backgrounds, performance styles, and interests.

Footage from other Bouffon Intensives

Nathaniel Justiniano is an actor/creator, teacher, and founder of Naked Empire Bouffon Company. His Bouffon Workshop was honored with the SF Bay Guardian's BEST OF THE BAY AWARD for BEST ROMP WITH YOUR INNER PSYCHOPATH. He has worked with Master Teacher Giovanni Fusetti as a student and co-developer. He holds a BFA from Chapman University and an MFA from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Nathaniel and Naked Empire have created, performed, and toured many bouffon performances over the last 8 years, including YOU KILLED HAMLET, a satire about avoiding death, which won the San Francisco Best of the Fringe Award, the Vancouver/Plank Magazine Talk of the Fringe Award, a nomination for Vancouver's Georgia Straight Critic's Pick Award, and was an Official Selection of the Toronto Festival of Clowns.