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Naked Empire Bouffon Company

Naked Empire Bouffon Company is the only company in the United States exclusively focused on bouffon performance. It was founded in 2009. Since that time, the company has created multiple full-length and cabaret-length works for the stage and street: SHAME! (2009), Cousin Cruelty’s Compulsion (2010-2011), Apocalyptika (2011), The Sally Eager Cooking Show (2012), You Killed Hamlet, or Guilty Creatures Sitting At A Play (2012-2013), A Tribute to Rob Ford (2013), A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood with Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman (2013), The Trickster – in collaboration with Karen Jamieson Dance (2013, 2015), You F'ing Earned It (2014-2017), and Do What You Love (2016-2017).  Since 2011, the company has offered weekend-long bouffon intensives in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. In 2013, in collaboration with the San Francisco Circus Center/Clown Conservatory, Naked Empire’s Artistic Director led a 7-week Bouffon Intensive. The intensive featured guest instruction by Dell’Arte International’s Founding Artistic Director, Joan Schirle, and was the most comprehensive bouffon training ever offered in the United States.

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