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Bouffon Intensive with Nathaniel Justiniano
Main Street Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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Bouffon Intensive with Nathaniel Justiniano
Naked Empire Bouffon Company

Artistic Director, Nathaniel Justiniano, is offering his award-winning, weekend-long Bouffon Intensive November 5-6, 2011.

This intensive was recently named Best of the Bay by the SF Bay Guardian!

(What the heck is this work?  Check out this recent feature column from the San Francisco Bay Guardian: http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2011/03/30/performant-empire-has-no-clothes)

"The work of bouffon satisfies my greatest desires of the theatre.  As a performer it demands an intense athleticism and availability to one's wildest imagination.  As audience to it I have found a way to both laugh at myself and check my apathy at the door.  As a citizen I am consistently impressed by how much of the 'unsayable' the bouffon is allowed to say and by how well people hear it.  The space is electrified by the presence of the bouffon, making each moment potentially and hilariously explosive or deadly silent.  No one is safe."

This intensive is a crash course in bouffon performance with the only company this side of the Mississippi exclusively dedicated to the research and performance of bouffon.

What you'll be learning and practicing:

  * Finding your personal bouffon
  * Entering into and creating within a state of ecstatic play
  * Choral, movement-based improvization
  * Mercurial acting techniques for shape-shifting between characters of heightened text and grace to those of base, groveling goblin prophets  
  * Audacious and confrontational status play with the audience
  * Wielding stillness and silence like a scapel
  * Parodying social maladies and hypocrisies
  * Ramshackle techniques for on-the-fly costume creation

You do not need to have previous experience in this form of theatre, nor in performance at all.  This is, however, an athletic, intensely physical form of theatre that demands the in-the-moment engagement of your intellect and perverse imagination.  If this resonates with you, we would love to see you here.

Bouffon Intensive with Nathaniel Justiniano

Saturday, November 5th 10a - 10p
Sunday, November 6th 10a - 10p

About the Teacher:

Nathaniel Justiniano (NEBC Founder, Artistic Director) has been a professional actor and director for over 10 years.  In 2007, under the direction of Master Teacher Giovanni Fusetti, he co-created Pax Americana, a satire of war as seen through the lens of United States history and EUOI!, a bouffon experiment in ecstatic ritual, inspired by the research of anthropologist, Barbara Ehrenreich.  He has performed with The Thrillpeddlers in their mega-hit, Pearls Over Shanghai, as well as with the SF Buffoons in their productions of The Hasheesh Eater and Spunk, a satire of gold rush-era San Francisco.  In 2009 he led the creation of Naked Empire's debut production, Shame! as a DIY Artist-in-Residence at the recently-closed Mama Calizo's Voice Factory, formerly one of San Francisco's most popular centers for queer and activist performance.  His most recent work, Cousin Cruelty's Compulsion, addresses the use of institutional violence in society and was the subject of a feature column in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He teaches workshops nation-wide in bouffon, commedia dell'arte, and mask performance and serves as the Director of Physical Comedy for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival as well as a guest teacher of physical theatre at Sacramento City College.  He has also been a professional community organizer and educator for LGBT youth empowerment programs for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, as well as a program manager for community-based theatre initiatives out of the National Conference for Community & Justice and Cornerstone Theater Company.  He holds an MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

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Main Street Theatre
915 Cayuga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
United States


Categories

Arts > Circus
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Comedy > Other
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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