Explore the world of Bouffon, a French performance art that combines elements of burlesque, commedia dell’arte, farce, gallows humour, parody, satire and slapstick. It is designed for non-artists of all ages and backgrounds, especially people without Bouffon experience and all those who have a strong desire to transform in an unforgettable way.

You will be challenged, pushed, cajoled and tickled beyond your previously imagined limits. Enhance and liberate your creative thinking through this unique and empowering way to explore and develop your mental and physical range.

This is a life lasting experience that you will cherish forever. If you want or need to shake up your world, your group or yourself in the most amusing and entertaining way you can imagine… this should do the trick!


Learning Objectives
  • Understand the history and basic elements of Bouffon as a performance art;
  • Explore ways to stretch beyond your comfort zone;
  • Boost creative thinking through a variety of Bouffon techniques;
  • Laugh until it hurts!

1-Day workshop on Saturday December 8, 2018


Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Facilitator Massimo Agostinelli
Massimo Agostinelli, a reputable multi-talented artist, South African born to Italian parents is a Montreal-based independent choreographer of contemporary dance, mentor and international master teacher of Bouffon theatre. 43 Years in the industry, very active and in demand for his unique approach to teaching and art.

Agostinelli is resident artistic teacher/coach for Le Cirque du Soleil’s artists since 2004. He also teaches Bouffon for their corporative events and special events in Las Vegas, Red Bull in Santa Monica, Nitro Circus, television and many other research projects.

He also choreographs and/or teaches Bouffon for The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, L’ École de danse de Québec, The School of Dance in Ottawa and The National Theatre School of Canada, amongst other artistic institutions. Last year, he launched his Bouffon Troupe ‘Bouffon de Bellefeuille’ that premiered their show Cul de Sac at the Montreal Fringe Festival and the Montreal Clown Festival in 2017.

Since 2016, Massimo Agostinelli was invited to teach Bouffon at the Asian Symposium of Creative and Innovative Marketing for Creative Bangkok, Thailand. He taught Bouffon workshops for Créa France, Crea Italy, Mind Camp Canada and Mind Camp Chile. The short 2017 documentary ‘Le Ridicule ne tue pas’, directed by Nathanaëlle Vincent, on his work with Bouffon was touring film festivals world wide. The film won Best Short Documentary Award at the Trace de Vie Film Festival in France.

Massimo Agostinelli emphasizes the well-being of an individual, strengthening their confidence to achieve a goal or state of being through his Bouffon workshops. His teaching encourages you to surpass obstacles or discovering a liberating yet empowering sense of self and awareness of the environment we live in. Agostinelli’s Bouffon teaching process transforms with positive and permanent outcomes. And this all happens painlessly, usually laughing continuously.

You’ll find more information about Massimo and his work on his website.


This training is organized in co-creation with COCD and the Academy for Creative Leadership.
The general terms of the Academy are applicable.

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