The Belgian actor and master of laughter
and physical comedy, Jos Houben, presents a hilarious
and enlightening exploration of laughter;
its causes and effects, and the role
of the body in its creation.
A graduate of Paris's renowned Jacques
Le Coq School, Jos Houben dissects the
mechanics that trigger laughter: facial
expressions, the idiosyncrasies of the
body, the act of falling down, and the
importance of timing. A delightful and
amusing master class on one of life's
Jos Houben will next appear in the New York Premiere of Samuel Beckett's Fragments directed by Peter Brook at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in November.
"There are laws that seem to apply to any human being, of whatever race or culture, concerning the laughter of the body: the clumsiness, the mis-timing, counterpoints, surprises, accidents, all those things"—Jos Houben
"A veritable professor of mirth."—The
The Art of Laughter, created by and with Jos Houben
Produced by Jos Houben and Compagnie Rima
This event is part of Lecture/Performance, one of Crossing the Line 2011's three curatorial program perspectives.
Image: Jos Houben © Annika Johansson