OCTOBER 17 → 21, 2022
THE GREENHOUSE OF FOOLS
A Devising Intensive
for Clowns, Bouffons and other STage Creatures
This unique training on the art of DEVISING is specifically designed to support participants to work on their own material.
Why a piece works and how can I fix it if it doesn’t?
How can I develop and act into a longer piece?
What comic dynamic am I working with in my performance?
Why the audience laughs? And why it doesn’t?
What is my comic persona based in?
What is REALLY funny for me?
These are some of the questions addressed by this residency. In order to create and write for one’s own comic characters, the creator needs to understand what is its comic core. Which are the “mechanisms” .
Is the comedy based on actions, or emotions? On accidents or jokes? Clowns or Bouffons? Gags or stories? Satire, stupidity, absurd, slapstick, mocking…?
Every comic character, or comic writing, works specifically. And in order to work with comic writings and dynamics, the actor-player needss a sharp understanding of their nature.
There are many ways of being funny: they can all make the audience laugh but they are not in the same comic world. They are rooted in a variety of writing and performing principles. To know them mean to be able to create and devise with them.
Participants will bring their clowns or comic stage creatures, and one existing act, routine or project, solo or not, finished or unfinished, funny or …not yet. They will present their work on their first day (max. 15 minutes), and this will be the basis for a series of coaching sessions that will focus on the three different hats that the creator needs to wear:
THE PLAYER – the Performer
The comic persona, the comic core, the contact with the audience, the acting technique, amplification and articulation of movement, mask awareness, emotional awareness and presence.
THE DIRECTOR – the Stager
Playing with space; Rhythm: pace and variations; the structure of an act: entrance, presentation, development and variations, crescendo, climax, finale, exit.
THE WRITER – the Author
What story do I want to tell? Understanding a character’s potential and weakness, the choice of themes and their development, the mask and counter-mask, the use of the actor’s skills (music, singing, acrobatics, juggling, dance and unusual or unique skills).
THE DIFFERENT SESSIONS
The aim of this residency is to give participants professional theatre tools, in order to create within their own poetic world. It addresses theatre artists with experience in the world of physical comedy. Participants need to bring an existing project, something they have already worked with and that can be performed on the very first day.
The residency will unfold with different types of sessions:
– Individual coaching with Giovanni
– Autonomous rehearsal time
– Presentation of the work to the group and collective work on the feedback, to understand basic principles of playing, writing and directing.
– Collective exercises on core principles emerging from the work
– The week will culminate with a final presentation of the scenes, open to a small invited audience. (If the anti Covid regulations will allow it).
Two modes of participation are possible:
Maximum 6 projects.
Their performing material will be presented in the coaching sessions.
It is possible to participate with a SOLO project or as a DUO.
A Project can also involve a director/author, who can participate as assistant.
Maximum 12 people
It is also possible to attend this week without any material to present, and assist at all the coaching sessions and presentations, as well as participating to the collective classes and observe the creative process. This role includes supporting the creative process through feedback and questions, as well as learning about the different kinds of posture involved in supporting a devising process: director, author, movement coach, pedagogue, “outside eye”… These roles have a different perspective and give different focus and feedback. They are often confused or entangled in ways that make the devising process less effective.
Please write a letter of intent describing the project you want to work at.
The application must include
– some pictures from the project;
– a link to some video material;
– a vision for the development of the project.
Please note that the material you want to work on needs to have been already performed to an audience.
The coronavirus crisis has been a difficult time for theatre practitioners, and many have been seriously affected in their livelihood. For this reason the tuition is following a sliding scale approach. The sliding scale wants to acknowledge the difficult moment we are facing and the vital urgency we all feel to practice our art and to support each others and the Poetic Field. Different countries have put into place different systems of public support of artists, if any, so different participants might find themselves in different financial situations.
Please indicate in your application the amount that you choose to pay.
Tuition for individual projects: Euro 500-700
Tuition for duos: € 600-800
Tuition for assisting participants: € 200-300
To confirm the enrollment, a deposit is due. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable unless in case of cancellation due to force majeur.
Deposit for performing participants: € 200
Deposit for assisting participants : € 100
The remaining part of the tuition is due by October 1st
Please note that the tuition does not include accommodation and that participants will be responsible for organizing their staying in Padova. After the enrollment, we will provide a list of useful information and contacts on how to organize your staying in Padova.
Once the workshop will be confirmed, participants will receive a message containing further practical details about the workshop, as well as the details of the safety anti-covid regulations that the group will have to comply with.
LANGUAGE: The workshop will be taught in English and a basic understanding of this language is required.
LOCATION: HELIKOS STUDIO, Via Monte Solarolo 16, 35141 PADOVA, ITALY
From Monday October 17th to Friday October 2st.
9:30 to 18:00, each day.
The Helikos studio will be available for individual rehearsal time also from 18:00 to 22:00.
The Studio will also be available, at no extra cost, for rehearsing on the day before the beginning of the workshop, Sunday October 16th.
For further information about the content of the workshop and for application and practical enquiries please contact Giovanni Fusetti at
A SAFETY MESSAGE IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC
The training will happen in the rigorous respect of the anti-Covid regulations that will be active in the Regione Veneto at the time of the workshop.
All participants will have to agree in engaging with these rules. On the first day of the class, all participants will take a rapid antigen test, free of charge, before the beginning of the training.
In case of cancellation of the workshop due to changes in the pandemic situation or regulations, all paid deposits and tuition will be refunded, minus a 50euros administration fee.
(1) Red Nose Intensive, Padova, 2022
(2) Helikos, Florence, 2014, Stefano Borghi
(3) Red Nose Intensive, Padova, 2022
(4) Bouffons Workshop, Melbourne, Australia, 2017
(5) Red Nose Intensive, Melbourne Australia, 2018
(6) Red Nose Intensive, Padova, 2022