Bouffon Workshop & Red Bastard Show in Winnipeg

I’m pleased to announce my involvement with the co-production and organization of a Bouffon Workshop to take place in Winnipeg, led by premiere American bouffon Eric Davis, aka Red Bastard!

This intensive 16 hour workshop of mockery, mischief and mayhem awaits you as Eric Davis, the creator of Red Bastard, leads in teasing out your inner BOUFFON. Discover pleasure to critique and play as we explore laughter through explosive parody, strange bodies, and a nudge from the devil himself.

In the world of Bouffon, these grotesque outsiders engage and parody their audience with great joy, intelligence and charm in order to expose hypocrisy and flaws. To play as Bouffon is to celebrate paradox! They are disgusting, yet beautiful. They hate you, yet they flatter you.

A ferocious social satire is about to explode, liberating the energy in the room with an immense pleasure to play.

In this workshop, participants will explore:

  • Pleasure to Parody Societal Maladies and Hypocrisy
  • Creating Complex Physical Characters and Bodies
  • Playing upon Contrasts of Rhythm and Theme
  • Exploring Boundaries and How Far is “Too Far”
  • Connecting with the Audience
  • Being 100 % Present and Captivating

The workshop (and show) is scheduled to take place at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg during the following dates and times, and includes admission to a performance of Red Bastard:

Thursday, March 30th: Bouffon Workshop 7:00pm-10:00pm
Friday, March 31st: Performance of Red Bastard at 8:30pm
Saturday, April 1st: Bouffon Workshop 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, April 1st: Performance of Red Bastard at 8:30pm
Sunday, April 2nd: Bouffon Workshop 9:30am-5:00pm

16 hour Workshop Fee: $325 CDN.


Eric Davis has been teaching and performing professionally for 20 years. He was the lead clown for Cirque du Soleil’s Iris (for which he originated the role) as well as the clown for Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam. He is a recipient of the NYC Golden Nose Award. His bouffon show, Red Bastard, was named top 5 shows in the U.K. and received a whopping FIFTEEN 5-star reviews at Edinburgh Fringe.

You can register for the workshop through PTE’s online registration form, by email ( or by calling (204) 925-5252.

I’ll be participating in the workshop as well, so if you sign up I’ll be sure to see you there! 😉

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