The International Institute for Very Very Serious Studies, a.k.a., the IIVVSS, is a performance training program in Beirut, Lebanon, to develop the talents of experienced artists and send them out to use their skills to engage with communities. Though the circumstances are exceptionally difficult in Lebanon, we are adapting, evolving and committing to our mission of bringing art to communities and a sense of community to artists.
Selected artists will be put through a two-year program:
Year One is a crash course in techniques such as participatory art, clowning, mask work, bouffon technique, puppetry, physical theatre, music, multimedia, proposal writing and storytelling with professionals and teachers from Lebanon, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States.
Year Two is a pedagogical year, involving a field project, using the acquired skills to create a street performance in a community in Lebanon. Along the way, there will be no messing around.
The IIVVSS is a project of Clown Me In and is funded by Drosos.
It is very, very serious.