Bouffon Weekend Intensive
Join Robyn Hambrook for a weekend deep dive into the intense, fun and liberating world of the bouffon.
The dark cousin of the clown, sharp and dangerous, the Bouffon revel in parody, mockery and wit.
The Bouffon “... believe in nothing and make fun of everything” according to Jacques Lecoq.
And through breaking social conventions, the bouffon can access extreme levels of freedom, laughter, intelligence and emotion.
Over the two days we will explore this fantastic comedic form through: Complicity, Bouffon Chorus, Emotional Freedom, Laughter, Bouffon position to the audience, and Parody. Participants will explore rhythms of a different, ‘fantastic’ body (grotesque, distorted and abstract).
The position of Bouffon can be an incredibly liberating and powerful experience for participants. It’s a physical form that trains presence, immediacy, improvisation and imagination.
This course is suitable for clowns, actors and performers interested in broadening their repertoire or exploring the political edges of their work. For non-actors the bouffon provides a safe place to let go, loosen up and feel free.
"An amazing exploration of physicality, tapping into ugliness and taboo. Really affirming and beautiful connections, questioning and mocking constructions of gender and what it is to be pretty, good, or acceptable. A great starting point for understanding bouffon and what it can be. Heaps of fun!" Participant - Laboratory of The Un-Beautiful Online
“A must for anyone wanting to take their connection with and ideas for theatre work a little closer to a devilish cutting edge.” Participant - Laboratory of The Un-Beautiful Weekend Intensive
"Robyn's unique blend of directing and shaping play through quick wit and a caring yet urgent tone - sets the tone and pace beautifully." Participant - Activist Clown Weekend Intensive