“WE ARE IDIOTS – the Absurd Adventures of a Spy Monkey” – A FOOL’S IDEA – PRESENTS: Aitor Basauri
This episode of A FOOL’S IDEA, features the incredibly funny – Aitor Basauri (joint artistic director & performer in the world famous UK based physical comedy theater company Spy Monkey). Take a journey with us through the ups and downs of life in one of the most hilarious theater companies in the world!
“I believe…all human beings…the common denominator is that we are idiots. Some of them are much better at hiding it. I am not so good…” – Aitor Basauri
Aitor shares his journey of self-discovery, learning the art of being funny and realizing that maybe he was not actually meant to be a dramatic actor.
“And I kind of remember one day saying…I will be an actor, because I love being on the stage…and I will be a bad actor. That day was a liberating day for me because I suddenly didn’t feel the pressure to be good or bad…I just had to have fun.” – Aitor Basauri
Find out what happens, when a large scale Vegas show, doesn’t go quite as planned! Discover a few life tips from a create comedy actor and learn how to make the world a little better.
“Perhaps, it is a good idea that if everybody would have a sense of humor about the things that are fucked up in this world…perhaps everybody would be much more ready to repair them.” – Aitor Basauri
Aitor studied at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro in Seville and at the Philippe Gaulier School in London. Performed in The Servant of Two Masters at Sheffield Crucible (1996), Axomate at the Seville Expo (1992), Eulenspiegel (1991) and in Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau’s Grand Paradis and Stau in Zurich (1997 and 1998). Director of Little Prince for Donkey Productions (1997), Un Vento Impetuoso for La Canoppia (1996) and Meci Y Me Fui for Pez Enraya ( 1997). In 1999 he appeared in Circus Knie, the Swiss State Circus, and in 2000 formed his own company Punto Fijo, based in Bilbao. Appeared in Cirque Images’ 2003 series Solstrom for Bravo Cable Network. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05. Appeared in Bertold Brecht’s Senor Carrera’s Rifles at the Young Vic, directed by Paul Hunter (2007).
He is a regular teacher of Spymonkey masterclasses, at the Philippe Gaulier School in Paris, and for clown doctors all over Europe.
For more information about Aitor or Spy Monkey please visit: www.spymonkey.co.uk
A generous portion of the proceeds raised through our Patreon page to support Aitor’s episode of the series will be donated to The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute at www.victoryinstitute.org.
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Spy Monkey Performance Footage provided by
Brian A. Bernhard
Brian A. Bernhard
Additional Camera Operation by
Jeremy Charles Hohn
Brian A. Bernhard
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Additional Image Credits
L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq,1986. Cesar's personal archive
L'Homme qui marche. 2007, directed by Aurèlia Georges. From press book
Fragments, directed by Peter Brook,2009. From press book
Special Thanks To:
The Schkapf Theater