This November, Adam Lazarus will be teaching three, one week intensives in Toronto. Working in the tradition of French Master Teachers Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, the forefathers of physical theatre and clowning, these 5 day 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.
In addition, students will have daily work on building spatial and body awareness. During the first hour of each class, specialized instructors will teach:
- Le jeu
- 5 Rhythms
Introduction to bouffon: Monday Nov. 17 to Friday Nov. 21 – 10am – 2pm
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 techniques are extremely useful for performers in all disciplines, as well as for writers, public speakers, teachers and critical thinkers. Through Jeu, students will re-discover their mental and physical agility, sensitivity, stillness and complicity in a group. The Bouffon will allow 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.
Building a performance: Monday Nov. 24 to Friday Nov. 28 – 10am – 2pm
Here, students should come to class with an idea of something they are wanting 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 an informal public performance at the end of the workshop. Completion of week one or two, or permission from the instructor is required for this class.
Saturday Nov. 27 & Sunday Nov. 28 Class showings at Bread & Circus Theatre. PWYC with money going back to the students.
- Location: Toronto, Pia Bouman’s School
- Fees: $315 for 20 hours of instruction over 1 week ($250 for Union or previous students), $600 for 40 hours of instruction over 2 weeks ($480 for Union or previous students)
- Payment plans available
- Auditing options available
- Required deposit of $100 to hold a place in the class – refundable up to one week before the workshop.
Please make cheques or money orders payable to:
Adam Lazarus 551 Concord Ave. #1 Toronto, ON, M4R 2R2
For more info or to reserve a spot visit: www.quiptake.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 416-821-3833
Spaces are limited.
Adam Lazarus is a performer, director and instructor whose award winning work in physical theatre, clown, character and bouffon has taken him to France, England, the U.S.A. and coast to coast across Canada.
He has studied intensely with and assisted French Clown Master Philippe Gaulier and is inspired by the creation methods of Jeu, Tragedy, Melodrama, Character, Clown and Bouffon. He is a graduate of McMaster University’s Theatre Program, Leeds University’s Theatre Program in England and L’École Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France.
Hailed the “Bouffon King” by Glenn Sumi at NOW Magazine, Adam is a regular facilitator of workshops for professional and non-professional artists, including recent workshops and consultations for Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Dancemakers, The Canadian Stage Company, Tapestry New Opera Works, Volcano Theatre and Mike Kennard’s The Hollow.
Adam has directed and co-created many revered and awarded clown, bouffon and character shows, including Rachelle Elie’s Joe: The Perfect Man ’06 (Best of Ottawa Fringe 2008); Jesse Buck’s Bubkus ’07; Shawn Hitchens’ Homogenius ’08; and Melissa D’Agostino’s Lupe: Undone ’08 (Best of the Toronto Fringe 2008). He is also co-producer of the Annual Toronto Festival of Clowns. Next, Adam is performing in a remount of the award-winning SummerWorks’ production of Appetite (Volcano/Theatre Passe Muraille) and Darren O’Donnell’s [boxhead] (Crow’s Theatre/Mammalian Diving Reflex/Buddies in Bad Times).