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BUFFO (article first published : 2000-10-27)

The Alliance Française and the BAT Centre present Buffo, one of the world’s best known clowns on November 2 at 19h30 at the BAT Centre.

Howard Buten, alias Buffo, is a clown unlike any other. An American psychologist who has specialised in autism and continues to practice, became a clown at the age of 24. In 1983, he adopted France as his home. Subsequently, he established the Adam Shelton Centre, a clinic in Paris named after the first autistic child he met.

He is also a writer, and though fluent in spoken French, he frequently travels to New York where he writes and is published in English. As an author, he has been translated into six languages. As a clown, he has toured all over Europe and the world, playing in venues which include famous theatres such as l’Olympia in Paris. He performs not with words, but with his soul. A piano, cello or violin is central to his act, which he has performed in conjunction with classical musicians as part of a concert series. He has also been known to make an audience laugh so hard they cried. Although full of gag,s his solo performance to be seen in Durban maintains a musical core and comprises song, dance, improvisation, a plastic chicken and poetic expression.

At least one of his books is a best seller. Quand j’avais cinq ans je m’ai tue. (When I was Five I killed Myself.




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