One of Us! A Bouffon Emersion Sept 22-23

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, September 22
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 23


Triskelion Arts, 118 North 11th Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249


NY Clown Theater Festival 2012
One of Us! A Bouffon Emersion
Led by Audrey Crabtree

Spend two days embedded in the world of the bouffon! Learn to translate your observations and frustration with society, systems, and stereotypes into playful dynamic theater work. Through pre-table work and physical play you will develop a unique core character from the inside out. Working in packs you will practice the skills, tools, and tactics of bouffon and begin to find your endless voice. Come to birth a new character or deepen an existing bouffon. Be prepared to move, play hard, and become one of us! 

Your bouffon mythology from Audrey:
Cursed with the misfortune of a grotesque appearance and the compulsion to push the limits of decency and morality, you are deemed less than human. You are beaten and driven from your home. Outside of the village, you band together with other bouffon creating your own bizarre community. Forever tormented by the rejection, you are obsessed with the society from which you were unjustly cast, and spend your time observing the villagers, their hypocrisy, and their personal private vices.

Once a year, foolishly, the villagers invite you and your friends back to the village for a festival, so they can secretly mock and ridicule your physical imperfections. Seeing the perfect opportunity to enact your revenge, you offer to bring a show. Reveling in the perverse attention and using wit, parody, and charm you devise the most clever ways of slipping seeds of doubt, guilt and truth under the skin of the villagers, in hopes they will resurface later to destroy their precious society. 

Audrey Crabtree is a master teacher and award winning creator, performer, and producer of original work. Since 1992 Audrey has been teaching professional theater practitioners in universities, theaters, and studios. Her original collaborative work has won a Drama Desk Award, a NY Innovative Theater Award, Best Comedy in San Francisco Fringe Festival, and the Spanish language HOLA and ATI Awards. 

She is a director/founder of the NY Clown Theater Festival, Co-artistic director of Ten Directions along with Lynn Berg, creating over 13 original productions including the acclaimed Bouffon Glass Menajoree. Her bouffon, Graspy McTakeItAll, was originally commissioned for the International Globesity Festival and now performs variety programs in NYC and appeared in the plays Detritus and Robert Honeywell’s Lord Oxford.

She has written and performed parody with NPR and Minnesota Public Radio and political and social humor with the Brave New Workshop, and was featured in Comedy Central’s satirical Lets Bowl! Audrey studied bouffon with Sue Morrison and Giovanni Fuscetti, and has continued working and training in the form, including by leading the year-long weekly Bouffon Workout. Currently, she is in development on projects working in bouffon with young adults in the foster system and with physically and mentally handicapped adults.