le grotesque beautifool

a 3 day bouffon intensive


107 Performance Space, 107 Redfern St Redfern


December Fri 7, Sat 8 & Sun 9


Fri   7 10am - 4pm
Sat  8 10am - 4pm
Sun 9 10am - 5pm (includes 60 min performance soiree)


3 day workshop at $310

This workshop has an age requirement of 18+.

co-presented with
the clown institute

Plunge into the madness of mockery with the highly visual parade of the fantastic and grotesque. Harness the bouffon and her merry gang of soothsayers in this rigorous workshop which will encourage your imagination to connect with the deeply surreal and strange and in doing so, uncover a unique humanity.

You will be guided through exercises, games and ambitious improvisations that promise to invigorate and encourage you to find the pleasure in ‘play’. Concluding with an ensemble-made bouffon-esque experiment, this hour-long soiree will facilitate the sharing of your findings with your nearest and dearest giving you a firm platform to satirise the ‘madness du jour’.

Suitable for independent artists, performance makers, comedians, actors seeking provocation and growth.

Workshop Breakdown

  • Mockery and mimicry
    Finding the game & the pleasure of playing (day 1)

  • The Bouffons of society
    Creating the grotesque body, the gang, using objects & materials (day 1 / day 2)

  • Power and madness
    Audience relationship & discovering the parody threshold (day 1 / day 2)

  • Bouffon territories
    The great texts, the Bouffons of mystery & the fantastic
    (day 2 / day 3)

  • Creating the poetic soiree
    Performance Parade where you can invite up to two of your nearest and dearest as audience members (day 3)

Important Information

What to bring

  • Full water bottle, lunch and snacks

What to wear

  • Please come prepared with all black movement friendly clothing which can be stretched, stuffed, twisted and turned that covers the body well

  • Comfortable shoes to move in


  • For information regarding 107’s Accessibility, please head to - http://107.org.au/accessibility/

  • Please let us know of any special needs or accessibility requirements

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • Full payment is required prior to the workshop

  • No refunds or transfers

  • In the event that Clockfire Creative Lab & The Clown Institute cancel the workshop, they will provide a full refund of the workshop fee (less booking fees)

Filming & Photography

  • Clockfire Creative Lab and The Clown Institute reserves the right to make photographic and/or visual recordings of workshops for marketing (including website) and archival purposes only