GIOVANNI FUSETTI (IT)
BOUFFONS AND THE ECSTASY OF MOCKING (60h)
The word Bouffon comes from a latin verb: buffare, to puff, to fill the cheeks with air, to deform oneself, to swell in order to provoke laughter. It seems to be a very old human practice. In fact, bouffons are direct descendants of the satyrs from Ancient Greek Satyric Drama.
The actual word "Bouffons" comes from French language and entered English theatrical language through the work of Jacques Lecoq.
The essence of the Bouffon is in the dynamic of MOCKING.
The MOCKER is a specific role, existing in all human societies. Bouffons represent elements of their society in an amplified, distorted or exaggerated way, thereby provoking laughter and outrage.
Their Mockery doesn't have an agenda in itself, because the Bouffons don’t have opinions, and they don’t protect any side from their mocking. They just mock everything and everybody. Their purpose is to have fun mocking humans and therefore they use everything they find, with ferocious ecstasy and jubilation. This is their power: they see and play with everything, they feed on human dynamics in order to play with it.
Bouffons never touch on individual or private themes, instead they take on big collective movements – involving the social complexity and the very essence of society and culture. Politics, religion, economy, power, money and finances, morality, war and the military, science, gender and race, ecology, family, education and school, cultural institutions…
For Bouffon work to be possible, we need to be very well and precisely informed about the situation or themes that we are mocking, in order to see and then reveal what is hidden, what lies underneath – on the other side, in the shadow or the unspeakable. Nothing can be invented – all the movements and dynamics are documented and are based in authentic behaviors.
The actors need to collect facts, not opinions. Bouffons have no opinions or values. Actors, directors, writers and members of the audience do. That's why, as a theatre genre, Bouffon is often very provocative, because its very nature is to bring hidden things to the surface and to unmask the collective games lying behind events. This often includes the fact that the role of oppressor and victim are always intertwined.
Everybody in the audience gets scrambled by a bouffon piece, which can be often a bit difficult and or even unbearable. It’s not the Bouffons who are unbearable but the truth that they reveal about humanity, what is hidden, what lies underneath, on the other side, the grotesque of human society (grotesque comes from greek cryptos = hidden).
THE PROGRAMME OF THE WORKSHOP
THE BOUFFON FOLLY
- Play, action/reaction and fun
- The grotesque body: amplification, deformation, swelling and puffing
- The white bodies
- Engaged madness
- From children playing to Bouffon games
- The Bouffon “state” and the mocking eyes
THE DYNAMIC OF MOCKING
- State of play: bands of Bouffons, rhythm, rituals and mocking dynamics
- How the Bouffons see the world: themes of play
- The Bouffons mocking the great themes of humanity
- How Bouffon relates to Tragedy, Melodrama and Clown
- Writing in the Grotesque.
- Devising material for Bouffons.
- Staging of "bands of Bouffons"
Artist, Natural Scientist and Pedagogue, Giovanni Fusetti is a multi-disciplinary fool. After a degree in Agricuture and Ecology at the University of Padua, he got in theatre in puppet theatre, street theatre and theatre in education. He was a student, pedagogical assistant and improvisation teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He then co-founded and served as pedagogical director of KIKLOS International School of Theatre Creation in Padua, Italy, and was subsequently founder and director of HELIKOS School (www.helikos.org), in Florence, ITALY. Giovanni has taught and collaborated internationally with theatre companies, schools and universities including Naropa University (Boulder, CO), LISPA: London International School of Performing Arts (London), Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake, CA), Pig Iron Theatre Company (Philadelphia, US). Giovanni’s 20 years of pedagogical research includes training and practice in Theatre in Education, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, Gestalt Therapy, Reichien Analysis, Process Work and Permaculture. His pedagogy integrates movement theatre with different practices of physical and emotional awareness. Over the last 20 years Giovanni has been professionally involved internationally as a teacher and process facilitator, exploring theatre in artistic training, education, healing, and social and political activism. For further information please visit www.giovannifusetti.com
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Early bird discount 590€ ( to be payed by 31.3.2015)
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