Patrick Forian Biography
Biography of Patrick Forian, director, educator and actor, founder of Atelierforian, In Commedia Veritas and artistic director of Thema Theatre Company.
The course of life
If the aspiration to practice an artistic profession and especially that of acting was imperative early on as an obvious, my vocation for pedagogy found its roots in my scholarship, during which I denoted a break between the systematic objectives of a teaching and the fulfillment of each one. I found that Cartesian education favored a rational understanding of reality to the expense of an emotional and intuitive apprehension, yet complementary, relegating the body to the rank of vehicle or sublimating its athletic performance or aesthetics, to the detriment of the search for a harmony between attitude, gesture and thought. The practice of martial arts had a great influence on my conception of the exercise of an artistic discipline, based on bodily involvement, as much as spiritual and ethical.
FArtistic education :
I trained as an actor at "Theater School Mirier" in Lausanne (1991-1994), school founded by Michel Perrier and whose pedagogy was based on the methods of Constantin Stanislawsky and Mikhail Chekhov, completed by a practice of singing, dance, mime, clown and show creations. At the same time, I met Fabien Gargiulo, ex-actor of the "Théâtre du Soleil", who introduced me to the commedia dell'arte and with whom I worked for a few years. I played in classical and contemporary registers, clown, commedia dell'arte, in creations and street shows. Then I decided to continue my training at "Lassaad International Theater School", whose teaching is based on movement, according to the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq.
Since then, I continued to perform on stage and began teaching in France, Switzerland and Belgium. Always focused on the idea of a resolutely visual theater, I was also interested in graphic design, photography, as well as writing and audiovisual production. I followed continuous training in these areas, to study the strength of images on our understanding of the world.
I moved to Paris in the course of the 2004-2005 season, with in one hand my commedia dell'arte mask case and in the other a solo show. So I played "Déjà Vu ? Contes Contemporains", by the Swiss author Thomas Crausaz and I took part in various productions, while beginning to give my first workshops and Parisian courses. While I also participated in the life of cultural and artistic associations, my training activity was developing. I gathered a group of students with whom I created a show that was played at the "Théâtre Tallia" in Paris and in the street at the "OFF Festival of Avignon" in the summer of 2007. From there was born the Company "In Commedia Veritas", with which I conducted a research around the commedia dell'arte to write and perform original frameworks, both rooted in our time, while regaining the spirit of the original all'improvviso comedies.
In 2007, My training activities were grouped under the name of "Atelier Theatre Patrick Forian", which was adopted during an entertainment that I directed for the museum "Galiéra" during the Nuit des Musées, as part of the exhibition "Galiérock" consecrated to J.-C. de Castelbajac. As the training, acting and artistic consulting activities continued to grow, I decided to restructure myself and in 2008 I founded "l'EURL Atelier Théâtre Patrick Forian". The stakes were high, because I defended the idea of organizing artistic and educational activities, thanks to a commercial legal structure. I practiced during four years in this legal form, then I made the decision of a new restructuring. It is now the association "Thema Production" which was born in 2013, to manage my activity as well of training - "Atelierforian" - as of creation - "Thema Théâtre Compagnie" - , in order to perpetuate the transmission knowledge, with new opportunities for development and collaborations with other structures, in France and elsewhere.
As a result of this last decade :
Some thousands of people from all over the world participated in my classes, workshops or acting sessions. I collaborated as artistic advisor and actor director, including the comedy duo "Ro&Cut", the one man show of Fonzie "My Happy Days", "The Thousand Lives of Jonathan" by and with Jérémie Boireau or "War does not have a Woman's Face" staged and performed by Cécile Canal. I intervene with professional schools of actors, of MJCS, for professional and amateur theatrical companies, for the "House of Amateur Artistic Practices", for colleges, high schools ; but also with theatrical improvisation groups, to open their playing capacity thanks to the expression of the body. Actors from my workshops were selected at the "J. Lecoq International Theater School", at the "Lassaad International Theater School", Brussels, at the "National Conservatory of Dramatic Art", etc.
Under the label Atelierforian, I continue to build my methodology of learning acting, always inspired by a teaching resulting from the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq, the method of Mr. Chekhov and the study of different mime techniques, but also thanks to my research on popular archetypes and the perception of the body in a scenic or cinematic space; not to mention the collaborations with other artists and trainers I met during my career, such as Mario Gonzalez, Daniel Caran or the masks factor Den. I participated in the meetings of a think tank on training in the field of mime and gesture arts. I am also editor of the magazine "Mime", whose first issue appeared in 2012. Since 2012, I am a member of the association "the Masks Creators", with whom I participate in research meetings, public events and publications about the theater mask.
Alongside my training and research activities, I work on various artistic projects, including the Larven, show, created in 2013, in collaboration with Cie Movar. For this show, we have designed a family of characters and masks inspired by the "larven" from carnival of Basel. Since 2015, I perform in a solo show called "The Morons, from the origins to the present day" ironically recounting the story of stupidity.
Today, my activity is always divided between creation and distribution - from the solo show to a creative residency of a visual show involving actors and dancers - transmission, photographic studies and writing for audio-visual projects.