Clowns make a fool of them self
It is often said that comedy is the most stinging criticism. Leo Bassi has exactly done that on Friday, 7th September. In his performance dubbed “The Social Agitator” which took place at the large garden of Faculty of Law from 9-9.30pm, Leo Bassi presented his take on the contemporary society, but specifically on the Catholic Church and politicians.
Dressed up in a black suit like the politicians of The Hague, he illustrated the absurdity of today’s society by roleplaying someone with Parkinson’s Disease who was asked to leave a supermarket for shaking a soda can for too long. Audience of 75 people (he said it was 300 people) laughed.
He delivered his most scathing critique with a plate of shaving cream. He would not throw it at children though, why? He “was not the Catholic Church”. As a clown, he said, his job is to entertain poor people to make a fool out of himself. He delivered this point by dipping his face into the shaving cream. The suit he wore? So that children can see politicians on the street and recognise a “clown” in it. Leo Bessi delivered a critique with right balance of absurdity and comedy that night.
M. Dwistaraifa R.
Leo Bassi, the clown who makes even the most rational scientist laugh
Leo Bassi, the famous clown from Spain makes academics laugh aloud at the Pas festival 2018 in Maastricht. How did he manage to move even the most rational scientist to tears?
In one sentence, it is his ability to push boundaries without mercy. His appearance is bizarre. Bassi enters the stage with a crown on his head. Later he is dancing in his underwear. Not only his look makes him special. It is his extreme character, his presence on stage. At some point in the show, he lays down into shards of glass. He wants to suffer and is now almost swimming in the field of glass shards. Proudly he shows the blood from his cuts. Why did he hurt himself? For no reason! He is glorifying the foolishness of this nothing. Because in his words clowns are losers.
Leo Bassi surprised me. He gives a very different picture of a clown. A clown who celebrates foolishness and brings laughter into people. Bassi leaves us with the message of not taking yourself too serious.
Tears in his eyes
The Pleasure, Art & Science festival of Maastricht University definitely lives up to its prolific name. Mixing these different fields into one big experience, gives its visitor an insight in other passions, while still offering something usable to take home. Researchers give an understandable impression of their scientific fields, skilled workers offer workshops in their professions and everything is rounded off with a good portion of art and entertainment. The possibility to see a lecture on neuroscience, followed by trying yourself out in an infinity game and ending your day with a drink during a performance of a clown, is something quite unique.
Most of the multitude of workshops, shows and impressions take place behind doors, which are normally closed to the public. This open-door policy helps the university not only in furthering cultural interest in the community, but also developing further collaboration.
The involvement of passionate students and staff, sheds light onto passions, which are hidden during everyday-live. Seeing my professor, who normally never talks about personal interests, with tears in his eyes during a performance, enables me to see a human side you do not encounter often.