Confident. A man with clear ideas. The French clown Philippe Gaulier leaves no stone unturnedin La Torturadora (Éditions Filmiko), a book in the form of an irreverent, rude and comical interview, evoking his concept of theater, clown, directing. A concept that has little or nothing to do with the sacred classical methods. Stanislavski must be turning in his grave.
What is a clown?
It is someone who wants to believe he is very important, but he is basically ridiculous. And he is happy to be, not ashamed. He is wonderfully ridiculous, like Don Quixote.
Then he is aware of his ridiculousness ...
His friends would say, "If I were an idiot like you, I would be a clown." So he has heard that maybe yes, he's an idiot. This is very clear, and yet, he still has many things to say, like all idiots.
What role does humor play?
Life without humor is not life. Humor is the salt: if there is no humor in work, it is missing something.
In any genre?
At all. In life. In tragedy too. In Medea, we have to say: How beautiful! But also: What a beautiful actress! As a viewer I'm not always with the character, but I often am with the actress.
That's what they mean when they say it's nonsense to confuse oneself with the character, or to have “actory-ness”…
Its a very great nonsense.
However, conventional methods according to the ...
These classical methods are so stupid and they mainly only refer to Diderot and the eighteenth century. Who was this idiot? Stanislavski, a guy who bored the Russians for so long ... They converted stage directors to the role of priests, who say now you must suffer, mourn and weep at the funeral of your mother, so remember your mother. This is a kind of terrorism and it is what many teachers like about the theater! It is shit, but a shit thiiiiis/soooo big.
What to say to these actors?
I do not enter into their lives or into their misery. Those that cry for the sake of pleasuring their audiences. I've never worked around a table, putting the text high above everything else.
Do you prefer the risk of improvisation?
The text is written, but sometimes we do not know the best rhythm/pace and we need to try different things.
Can anyone be an actor?
No. There are people who have no pleasure and there are very boring people. There are those that have fun reminding us about our pleasure, selling it. We all have to give/to be generous with our pleasure. And to sell it, but for some that's almost like being a whore. They bored ones are more engaged with being pharmacists! The point is that these requirements greatly limit the number of people who can be an actor.
Are there many actors who should not be?
There are many. Others are geniuses.
The actor has to convey feelings but while having fun/pleasure and entertaining the viewer. Is there a pact/a relationship between them that is established?
The pact is the game. They want to play with us and this game is the way to have fun/to move towards nonsense or the ridiculous. When performing a Greek tragedy one must transmit fury; if you play a vaudeville/farce, you must make us laugh.
That's sounds natural, and you write that it is important not to be natural ...
I open my imagination while watching the actors play between them. If I go to a mental hospital and see a tragic scene, my imagination is not stimulated or amused. I get a shock, I am impressed in that it seems like real life. In theater, I enjoy it, because it is all a game: to convey pleasure, but not naturally.
The cranky Frenchman on Stanislavski and the pleasure of performance. Even if you don't speak Spanish, the title says a lot.
TONIGHT!!! PLEASE GO HEAR THIS MAN TALK, HE IS A COMPLETE IDIOT. ONE OF THE GREATEST IDIOTS IN THE WORLD.
An Evening with Aitor Basauri
Aitor Basauri, Co-Founder and Company member with SpyMonkey
Join Aitor as he talks about his thoughts on clown, creating new work and his work with Spymonkey! Q & A Session will close the evening.
Free Event – No tickets necessary! At the Brick Theater, Williamsburg.
Tuesday, September 9th 8:30pm
Announcing... the Funny School of Good Acting's NYC clown for all weekends with Christopher Bayes, Acclaimed Director and Master Teacher of Physical Comedy/Clown
Space is limited! Get your spot now!
It’s a complete disaster of fun and chaos... Everyone's invited! Exercises will be tailored to each individual's level and built to encourage both discovery and continuing growth: encouraging the new and provoking the veterans simultaneously. We will surely illuminate something elusive and rare: the comic world (with great peals of laughter)!
Jump into your body... open like a little flower (again)... rediscover your playful spirit, the simple pleasure and ferocious generosity of performance. In this intensive workshop we (the new and the old friends) pursue the clown together in all of its messy and hilarious beauty. Your relationship to all other forms of drama will be enriched again, still or for the first time by the openness and reckless abandon that the clown requires. The pleasure is in the pursuit.
Instructors: Christopher Bayes
Admission is open to all students.
Saturday, October 11, 1-6pm &
Sunday, October 12, 12-5pm
@ ART NY, South Oxford Space, Great Room
138 South Oxford St, Brooklyn, NYC
OR - a totally separate weekend
Saturday, October 18, 1-6pm &
Sunday, October 19, 12-5pm
505 1⁄2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NYC
To sign up for a workshop or ask questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Virginia @ 917-533-1924