Clown + Butoh = Infinite Possibilities Workshop
Led By Fabio Motta & Yokko
This workshop explores the possibility of fusing clown and butoh. Can there be humour in butoh? Can a clown do butoh? What does that look like?
Fabio Motta is an actor, clown and teaching artist based in Melbourne, Australia.He has had the fortune of acting and devising theatre in Australia, Italy and the United States. Fabio is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. He trained at and graduated from many institutions across the globe, with masters in their field: Accademia Teatrale Veneta (Italy) in Commedia Dell’Arte; a graduate of HB Studio and the Hagen Teacher Lab under the mentorship of Carol Rosenfeld ; 16th Street Actors Studio; He has trained in acting with Larry Moss, Lyndsey Davies, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Austin Pendleton. Fabio studied Clown and Le Jeu with Philippe Gauliere; Clown and Bouffon pedagogy with Giovanni Fusetti. He apprenticed and taught under Zack Fines in Clowning and Games and trained in the advance teacher training in Clown with Christopher Bayes (Head of Physical Acting at the Yale School of Drama). Fabio has taught at NYU, HB studio, the Ume Group (Physical Theatre Ensemble New York). He had devised and performed in Commedia dell’arte shows for over 8 years with ‘Make a Scene’ and has been a Commedia Dell’arte consultant for various productions, conservatory programs and tertiary institutions. Fabio is a company member of the New York based physical theatre company ‘The Ume Group’ where he performed, devised, consulted in numerous shows in the style of Clowning and Commedia Dell’arte. In 2018, he directed 'Fish-kebab' a contemporary Commedia show as part of the UNESCO International Commedia day in Melbourne.
He has also teachers at 16th Street Acting Studio, St. Martin’s Youth Theatre, The VCA and the National Theatre Drama School.
YOKKO (She/He/They) is an Actor, Butoh Theatre Artist from Japan, specialized in Acting, Butoh Dance, Physical Theatre, Movement for Actors, solo performance, and Yoga. She is also a choreographer, director, writer, sound designer, film maker, clown, Theatre educator, certified therapeutic essential yoga & Yoga Nidra instructor and USUI Jikiden Reiki Master Teacher as well. Her works have been presented across the USA and Europe, and received several awards including Best One Woman Show Best Choreography, & Best Physical Theatre at United Solo 2014-2015 (Butoh Medea). She has acted in, devised, and choreographed a variety of local and international shows and films. Her choreographed & directed work, SHINKA won Outstanding of premier Production of a play and Outstanding Choreography & Movement at New York Innovative Theatre Award 2019. Most recently, her Butoh work has been seen in several music videos, including I Don’t Know Where We Went Wrong (HOKO, 2020) and Ready To Let Go (Cage The Elephant, 2019). She has been regularly offering workshops (Butoh & Movement, Butoh & Physical Theatre, Transformation, Movement for Actors) nationally internationally: Atelier Teatro Fisico Performing Arts University in Turin (Italy), Edinburgh (UK), Warsaw (Poland), Izmir (Turkey), St. Lawrence University (NY), SUNY New Paltz (NY), Amherst College (MA), Actors Studio Drama School MFA, Stella Adler Academy of Acting (LA), The Actors Studio (NYC), Ecstatic Dance (NYC), and now Online. She is also producing artistic director of UNFIX NYC. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty in Movement for Actors at BFA Acting Studio program by the New Group at Long Island University in Brooklyn (LIU Brooklyn) and BA PA Performing Ensemble program at Pace University.