Bouffons workshop for Teachers & Actors in Auckland with visiting Italian teacher Giovanni Fusetti in February 2020.

A weekend workshop with visiting Italian theatre-master Giovanni Fusetti. His workshops FILL QUICKLY.

Fusetti studied and taught at Lecoq and has a seasonal theatre school in Padua. He travels the world teaching clown, Commedia dell’arte and other mask|theatre workshops.

An introduction to the world of Satyric Play and Grotesque Theatre

The word Bouffon comes from a latin verb: buffare, to puff, to fill the cheeks with air, to deform oneself, to swell in order to provoke laughter. It seems to be a very old human practice. In fact, bouffons are direct descendants of the satyrs from Ancient Greek Satyric Drama. The actual word “Bouffons” comes from French and it entered English theatrical language through the work of Jacques Lecoq.

The essence of the Bouffon is in the dynamic of MOCKING.
The MOCKER is a specific role, existing in all human societies. Bouffons represent elements of their society in an amplified, distorted or exaggerated way, thereby provoking laughter and outrage.
Their Mockery doesn’t have an agenda in itself, because the Bouffons don’t have opinions, and they don’t protect any side from their mocking. They just mock everything and everybody. Their purpose is to have fun playing at being humans and therefore they use everything they find, with ferocious ecstasy and jubilation. This is their power: they see and play with everything, they feed on human dynamics in order to play with it.
Bouffons never touch on individual or private themes, instead they take on big collective movements – involving the social complexity and the very essence of society and culture. Politics, religion, economy, power, money and finances, morality, war and the military, science, gender and race, ecology, family, education and school, cultural institutions…
For Bouffon work to be possible, we need to be very well and precisely informed about the situation or themes that we are mocking, in order to see and then reveal what is hidden, what lies underneath – on the other side, in the shadow or the unspeakable. Nothing can be invented – all the movements and dynamics are documented and are based in authentic behaviors.
As a theatre genre, Bouffon is often very provocative, because its very nature is to bring hidden things to the surface and to unmask the collective games lying behind events. This often includes the fact that the role of oppressor and victim are always intertwined.
The audience gets scrambled by a bouffon piece, which can be often a bit difficult and or even unbearable. It’s not the Bouffons who are unbearable but the truth that they reveal about humanity, what is hidden, what lies underneath, on the other side, the grotesque of human society (grotesque comes from greek cryptos = hidden).



– Play, action/reaction and fun: the Bouffon Folly
– Flocking and collective movements: the shapeshifting chorus
– Engaged Madness
– From children playing to Bouffon games
– The Bouffon “state” and the mocking eyes
– The grotesque body: amplification, deformation, swelling and puffing
– Altered states of play: bands of Bouffons, rhythm, rituals and mocking dynamics.
– The shapeshifting body.
– Bouffons impro: non-linear and non local writing.
– The Bouffons mocking the great themes of humanity.

Ponsonby Community Centre
20 Ponsonby Terrace

Saturday 15 February 2020
Sunday 16 February 2020
8.45am – 5.30pm (1 hour for lunch)

– Drama Teachers
– Actors
– Directors

$260 Early Bird (if paid in full by Monday 20 January 2020)
$315 Slow Bird (if paid after Monday 20 January 2020)


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Artist, Natural Scientist and Pedagogue, Giovanni Fusetti is a multi-disciplinary fool.
He encountered pedagogy and social theatre while receiving his MA in Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Padova (1985-1989). This encounter led to a pedagogic and artistic search that has been unfolding for over 25 years.

After attending a variety of workshops and projects involving Mime, Puppets, Street Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed and Clown, he trained at the École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (1992-1994), where he subsequently returned to follow the pedagogic training and the L.E.M. (Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement), after which he was invited by Jacques Lecoq to teach improvisation. While in Paris, Giovanni also trained in Gestalt at the Ecole Parisienne de Gestalt (1992-1999).�

After the death of Jacques Lecoq in 1999, he returned to Padua to co-found Kiklos Teatro, alongside Paola Coletto. This was an international theatre center devoted to theatre creation and pedagogy. Here Giovanni directed the Scuola Internazionale di Creazione KIKLOS for five years, developing the vision of a school rooted in tradition, and free to create and re-create new poetic paths.

After the end of the Kiklos experience in 2004, Giovanni Fusetti continued to work around the globe as a teacher and director, during an artistic journey that led him to work with leading theatre companies, universities, schools and training centers. He has been invited to teach and lecture at numerous places including: LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts), Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre (Blue Lake, California), Accademia Teatrale Veneta (Venice), The University of London, Rosegarden Theatre House (Norway), Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado), Centre Generation Tao (Paris), Princeton University, University of Auckland, Auckland Unitec, Toi Wakhaari / New Zealand Drama School and the Boulder Circus Center (USA), where he has been teaching a summer intensive training on Red Nose clown over the last 10 years.
After these traveling years, the urge to reopening a long-term training process led Giovanni to settle in Florence, Tuscany in 2010, becoming the Founding Director of HELIKOS International School of Theatre Creation. At Helikos Giovanni is the pedagogical director and the core teacher in the professional training program, and he teaches Movement Analysis, Improvisation, Theatre Creation and the PAPAS atelier (Personal Awareness Process in Altered States).

As a performer, Giovanni has explored movement-based theatre creation with various companies including Circo Crappo, Teatro Osvaldo, The Clod Ensemble (London), Tre Magi Teatro, Il Triangelo, and Larven Teatro. He has worked as movement coach and assistant director internationally, including for the Commedia dell’Arte company Pantakin da Venezia, and has collaborated with Pig Iron Theatre Company in Phildelphia (US) as trainer and devising consultant. He has directed and co-written clown shows with former students and alumni.

Currently Giovanni focuses mainly on pedagogic practice and research and is deeply grateful to all the masters and teachers who has opened the path before him. His 25 years of pedagogical research include training and practice in Theatre in Education, Conflict Resolution, Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, Gestalt, Reichian Bionergetics and Process Work.

Since the beginnings of his quest, Giovanni has been integrating in his pedagogy, movement based theatre with different practices of physical and emotional awareness, in particular Gestalt, Reichian Analysis and Process Work, as well as his background in Natural Sciences and Ecology. His desire is to explore the ancient vision of theatre as a way to ecstasy.
Alongside his pedagogic work in training professional theatre artists, Giovanni has worked with children of all ages, homeless persons, activists, teachers, therapists, hospital clowns and human beings in research, using theatre as a pedagogic paradigm of personal healing and poetic awakenings. Red Nose Clown holds a special space in his heart and work: Giovanni is passionate about midwifing clowns and he has coached hundreds of clowns into existence in many countries of the world, both in professional artistic trainings and in processes of healing through clown (Tao of Clown, Clown and Gestalt, Transanalyse).

Trained Permaculture Designer and amateur gardener, he seeks to be fully alive while on this powerful, fragile and beautiful planet.


ABOUT wild & grace
We have been providing communities with living : learning events since 2010, with an essence in creativity, education, nature and/or wellness.
Past events include: little YOGA festival, Wellness Weekend, and workshops such as Eat, Move, Make and with Teachers such as Pennie Brownlee & Kara-Leah Grant.

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