Jos Houben

The Art of Laughter
Tue, Sept 27
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall

Jos Houben studied at Paris’ Jacques Lecoq school of physical theater with Philippe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux, and Pierre Byland. An original member of the “Théâtre Complicité,” he helped to create and performed in the famous A Minute Too Late, a 1985 vaudeville production that deeply influenced the theater scene in the United Kingdom. Since then, he has worked on many other projects with the company. He wrote and directed the absurd-burlesque cult comic duo, The Right Size (Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Show in 1999 and Best New Comedy in 2002), which played in the West End in London and on Broadway in New York. Alsoin the U.K., he co-produced and performed in several burlesque television programs and series that were distributed globally to great success, including Mr Fixit for Thames TV and Brum for Ragdoll Productions.

In France, as an actor, Jos Houben has collaborated regularly with the contemporary composer George Aperghis on Commentaires (Paris/Avignon, 1996), Zwielicht (Munich, 1999), and Paysage sous Surveillance (Brussels, 2003). In 2008, he performed in Samuel Beckett’s Fragments, directed by Peter Brook. Recently, he collaborated with La Comédie Française and worked with French theater director Jean-François Peyret.

Houben is currently working on a new piece with Bernie Collins that will be presented as part of his residency at La Ferme du Buisson. Houben also teaches and consults for theater and opera companies, schools, circuses, international organizations, universities, festivals, dance schools, and magicians worldwide, and has taught at the Jacques Lecoq school since 2000.


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