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An Interview with Philippe Gaulier

Part 1: You Have to Be Ridiculous

Season 1, Ep. 1

In the first part of the interview series we talk about Philippe's early life, and his theatre training.


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  • 2. Part 2: We Broke 200 Plates Every Night

    Philippe talks about his Clown show 'Les Assiettes' and his time as a teacher at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.Related LinksPierre BylandRoger BlinL'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq
  • 3. Part 3: No Pleasure? You Are Boring

    We discuss how Philippe teaches students at his school, and he shares some advice for what makes a good performer.Related LinksVsevolod MeyerholdBertolt BrechtSacha Baron Cohen on his time with Philippe
  • 4. Part 4: Game Is Part of Humanity

    We go deeper into Philippe's advice on performing. He also talks about writers he admires, and we discuss the world of Bouffon. Relevant LinksDescription of Le JeuPhilippe's writing on the ghosts of charactersDescription of Bouffons Philippe's Bouffon playsWriters Philippe mentions:KafkaShakespeareMoliereMarlowePinterLonescoBeckett
  • 5. Part 5: Now, I Am Funny

    Clown is the final module that students study in their first year at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, and it's the final topic we discuss in this interview. Philippe talks about the history of clown, and some characters from the clown world (Monsieur Marcel, Mr Flop). You can read more about them in Philippe's book, The Tourmentor.RELATED LINKSPhilippe's BooksCourses at Ecole Philippe GaulierEcole Philippe Gaulier WebsiteThe greatest clown performers Philippe has seen:Charlie RivelPierre Byland GrockRudy Brothers