March 14, 2015

GET YOUR BOUFFON ON! with Audrey Crabrtree

Enter into the world of the Bouffon. Feeling playful? Snarky? Have a bone to pick? Translate your observations and frustration with society, systems, and stereotypes into physical dynamic theater work. Through games and exercises play you will develop a unique core character from the inside out. Working in packs you will practice the skills, tools and tactics of the bouffon. Come to birth a new character or deepen and existing bouffon. Be prepared to move, play hard, and become ONE OF US!

Friday night April 17th 6;00-10:00
$50 -
Above the Fishtank Performance Studio
1715 Wyandotte, Kansas City MO. 64108

Your Bouffon mythology from Audrey:
Cursed with the mis-fortune of a grotesque appearance, and 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 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 all offer to bring a show. Reveling in the perverse attention and using wit, parody and charm the you and your tribe devise the most clever ways of slipping seeds of doubt, guilt and truth under the skin of the villagers, in hopes it will resurface later to destroy their precious society.

Audrey Crabtree KCMO Native, is a collaborative artist, writer and director and instructor. Her work has won a Drama Desk Award, NY Innovative Theatre Award, and several Hola (Spanish Language awards). A graduate of Raytown South High School, and Longview College, and Truman Stage University, she spent early days of her career in KC working with and learning with the folks from Gorilla Theater, Tanstafl Theater, the Ron McGee Late night crew and Comedy City (Formally ComedySportz) and anywhere she could squeeze on stage or in front of the camera. In Minneapolis she also performed, taught and directed short form, long form and musical theater and developed a taste for devising collaborative theater and direct audience contact. In 1998 she formed Ten Directions productions with Lynn Berg and they headed to NYC creating over 16 full-length shows, a feature film and all sorts of smaller unique projects. Audrey is co-founder/director of the International NY Clown Theatre Festival
and the NY Physical Comedy Lab. Her work has continued to focus on audience engagement, physical comedy and stories that stir the pot. She has worked in galleries and theaters and public spaces with performance artist Liz Magic Laser various versions of The Living Newspaper. In her free time she tours with Clowns Without Borders, and teaches and performs in beautiful places such as India, Mexico, Ireland, UK, Canada and her home away from home Colombia.

She has been teaching professional theater practitioners for 18 years at universities, theaters and classrooms all over the world. Audrey, a student has studied clown and bouffon with Sue Morrison, Giovanni Fuscetti, Clown with Bill Irwin, Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Bill Irwin and Christopher Bays and improvisation will the late greats Paul Sills and Del Close, among many others.

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